The Great Circle
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BETA PHOTO: "Great Circle", first pitch crack.
Photo by Blitzo...
This route is left of the center of the cliff and starts in a crack on the left side of a polished gold slab.
Climb the crack, move up past two bolts (5.9), to a three bolt belay.
Climb through polish past two bolts to a two bolt anchor. Rappel 165'.
For more complete information, get "Rock Climbing Tuolumne Meadows" by Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein.
Pro to 1.5", draws.
"Great Circle"-first pitch.
Photo by Blitzo.
damien hicks on great circle
some good varnish on great circle - approaching th...
Hal leading Great Circle
Nearing the crux face moves
Checking the edges
|Comments on The Great Circle
Dec 5, 2007
This one has everything a nice 5.7 crack leading to a couple 5.9 face moves and then a 10.b overhang. The overhang is easy if you're tall. It's one step and then an easy stroll to the top.
|By Patrick Smith|
Jul 4, 2010
Amazing route. 5.7 finger crack protects and climbs like a j-tree crack. Edging at the top is classing Tuolumne.
Supertopo calls this 10a R, but in my opinion it is not deserving of the R rating. At no point did I feel a fall would have been much more than inconvenient. Also, some will call this two pitches; it can easily be done as one with a 70m (probably even a 60m). 70m rope will reach the ground rapping off the second anchors.
|By Tommy L-D|
Jul 19, 2010
You can reach the second set of anchors with a 60 (for one long pitch) but will need a second rope to rap.