Just left of the 5.8 alcove boulder problem there is a flaring crack that is a mix of face/lb/jam. The crux is the first set of moves and climbing gets easier the higher you get. This is a decent lead although short and can be toproped with the tree if you scramble up the easier terrain. If leading take 1-4.5" pro For the bottom and extra long runners for the topanchor.
The route is on the main face of the swan slabs just to the right of the alcove boulder problem and the 5.1 gully. Look for a flaring crack that starts a few feet off the ground and gets wider as you get higher. Many different options for getting down from the tree anchor.
The crack takes medium/large gear, once above the crack and on a huge ledge you can continue up on 5.0 terrain for a few feet to a large tree that can be slung with extra long runners. The tree is about 30' up
|By Floyd Hayes|
Aug 2, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
If you look carefully, both the Reid and Supertopo guides have an arrow pointing to the base of the climb with the label "5.9 move." And it's hard for 5.9! I've seen it shut down friends of mine who have climbed a lot of 5.10s. It's a nice lead, my son's first "5.9." To the left of it there is a steeper and wider "5.7" and a diagonal "5.8," both stiff for the grade.
|By Derek Anderson|
Aug 3, 2010
I believe I was on the 5.7 crack , and that this description/route shoud be for that. However it was my first time in Yosemite and I'm not sure exactally what is what yet so please forgive me if I made a mistake.
From: Layton, UT
Sep 7, 2010
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
Floyd Hayes' comment is meant for lena's lieback which is one crack to the right of this one. This is the crack that Floyd calls "a steeper and wider 5.7" in his description. First move on this is the crux, and it really isn't that stiff of a move. I'd say that 5.7 is accurate for the rating, I only rated it 5.4 to offset Floyd's 5.10a rating since he rated the wrong route.
|By Brian Snider|
Jun 13, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b
The first step is so greasy it felt like 10a but with some grip 5.7 would be appropriate. After the first move its pretty easy and barely worth climbing, unless your waiting for something else to do in the area.
|By Jason Schmidt|
From: Ghent, MN
Sep 29, 2011
If you look even closer you'd see that the picture DOES indicate the short 5.7 boulder problem,(the boulder in the upper left corner of the picture is above the diagonal 5.8 FH mentions),the problem with the slick 5.9 move is to the right and usually has a cheat rock at the base, and NONE of these cracks are Lena's Lieback which is way, waaay farther right.