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Royal Arches is a tremendous arched wall found on the north side of the Valley, just west of Washington Column. The wall is formed of white granite with cool black streaks running down it and it looms impressively over the Valley's Ahwahnee Hotel. Easily the most popular route on this wall is the moderate Royal Arches Route (5.10b or 5.7 A0), amazingly first climbed in 1936 by Ken Adam, Morgan Harris, and W. Kenneth Davis. This is a really cool experience for many first time Valley visitors, as the route takes you from floor to rim and is easily climbed in a day by most parties.
As with Washington Column, it used to be you could park at the Ahwahnee and hoof over to the Column on the bike path, but I've heard recently that you can't park there anymore (permit req'd?). Maybe someone can post up the current beta...
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Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Arches Terrace 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Trial By Fire 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Super Slide 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
Peruvian Flake 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad
Y Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Royal Arches 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 6 pitches
Poker Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Face Card 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Greasy but Groovy 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Trad, 9 pitches, 800'
1096 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Serenity Crack 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
Arches Terrace Direct 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 6 pitches, 700'
Age of Industry 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Firefingers 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a R Sport, 2 pitches, 250'
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Firefingers 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a R CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Royal Arches
Firefingers is one of the great 5.11 face routes in Yosemite. The first pitch is typical Steve Grossman -- very run out. This pitch is often wet, excusing most of us from facing the mental challenge. (I'll admit that I've never led it.) The second pitch is very continuous. It begins from the Maxine's Wall belay, and it is well-protected but very demanding. Move up in left from the Maxine's belay (crux) to an indistinct groove. Work the grove up for sixty feet to a Thank-God flake (bring a...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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