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Liberty Cap is located between Mt. Broderick and Nevada falls on the John Muir Trail. Climbing in such an iconic setting is just part of the draw to this dome. Warren Harding made his mark, right up the middle as usual, completing the First ascent of the SW face. It was on this ascent that the practice of drilling holes for upward progression(bathooking)was first used.
Begin by starting on the "Mist" trail which is the start of the JMT. You will follow the trail past Vernal Falls, across a bridge, where Liberty Cap finally comes into full view. As you make your way toward Nevada Falls, right when the trail touches the apron, you head climbers left along the base. Follow this down and around to the Western end of the formation.
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Southwest Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C3- Aid, 11 pitches, 1200'
Scarface (Free) 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, 12 pitches, 1500'
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Scarface (Free) 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Liberty Cap
Scarface now goes both free and clean. This route starts with a few hundred feet of dirty cracks before entering the clean white granite of the rock scar. The difficulty of this routes lies in the two 5.12 crux pitches, P5 and P8. The rest of the route is in the 5.10 to 5.11- range and climbs quite quickly.If the first few pitches clean up more this has the potential to be a great route. As it stands expect a little bit of foliage at the start and on the last pitch. All belays up to P9 have bol...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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