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Lower Falls Amphitheatre

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Blackout T 
Dagger T 
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Guiding Light T 
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Podium, The T 
Powerslave T 
Super Hands T 
Ten Years After T 
Unknown Arete T 
Unknown Crack T 

Lower Falls Amphitheatre Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Blitzo on Sep 30, 2006
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Climbing in the Amphitheatre. Photo by Blitzo.

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This area offers some fine climbing on beautiful rock, only climbable during low water.
"Guiding Light", "Lightweight Guides", "Powerslave", and "Ten Years After" are a few good climbs in the area.Occational rockfall does exist.

Getting There 

From the left side of the bridge, continue through the boulders on the left of Yosemite Creek.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Falls Amphitheatre

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Falls Amphitheatre:
Super Hands   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lightweight Guides   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Guiding Light   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Blackout   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   
Ten Years After   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Dagger   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Super Hands 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Lower Falls Amphitheatre
Stellar crack that is perfect hands nearly the entire way up, before narrowing to fingers. Plentiful face holds, and excellent feet. ASCA 2 bolt anchor.I understand these amplitheater climbs are not in the current version of the guide because the park service is trying to keep climbing a little lower profile right next to the falls, their biggest attraction?...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Yosemite Falls during low water. Photo by Bl...
Lower Yosemite Falls during low water. Photo by Bl...
Rock Climbing Photo: "Cisco". Photo by Blitzo.
"Cisco". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Yosemite Falls Ampitheatre.Photo By Blitzo.
Lower Yosemite Falls Ampitheatre.Photo By Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: "Dagger". Photo by Blitzo.
"Dagger". Photo by Blitzo.

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By Bryan G
From: Yosemite
Oct 14, 2012
On the wall to the left of 10 Years After is an hourglass shaped flake that's about 70ft tall. I noticed a bolted anchor with tat at the top of the right side of it, and thought it looked cool, so decided to climb it. In addition to it being a fairly difficult and scary lead, I also discovered that the bolted anchor is just two extremely rusted 1/4"ers. It can't even be backed up, unless you want to leave a 2" cam in sort of bad rock a couple feet below the anchor. I survived lowering off the bolts, but I wouldn't recommend going up there unless you have a bolt kit.
By Chris Blanchard
Dec 1, 2013
Just around the arete to the right of Super Hands is a beautiful clean corner. It felt in the 10's. I did it and then thought I could look it up in a guide book later, but both SuperTopo and Reid's guide don't have anything. The anchors are up and to the right but I just TR'd it off of Super Hands anchors - the swing is minimal until you get up higher.

Anyone know the name or grade of this beautiful corner!?

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