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Washington Column  


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7479, -119.5601 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Washington Column stands at the eastern end of the Valley, on the north side. Supposedly, it was so named because from some point of view, the rock appears to look like George Washington.

The most popular routes on this formation are the South Face (5.7 A1), many climber's first-time big wall, and Astroman (5.11c), the world-famous free route on the east face. In recent years, other routes like Skull Queen (5.8 C2) have gained in popularity.

Getting There 

The Column is found on the east end of the Valley, just east of the Ahwahnee Hotel. 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...

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',7],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Washington Column:
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1     Trad, Aid, 11 pitches, 1200'   
Skull Queen   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2     Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200'   
The Prow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2-3     Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200'   
Southern Man   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A1-2     Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 800'   
Jo Jo    5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Astroman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   
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Electric Ladyland 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3+  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Washington Column
This huge right facing corner system is the most striking feature on the East Wall. The corner forms an impressive white wave of rock so big there is a maze of big features within the corner itself. Electric Ladyland follows thin cracks that lead directly to the base of the big right facing dihedral and finishes out an amazing roof. It feels big, it is steep. The route has a little loose rock, good enough placements, and it is in a relatively sheltered location. Why doesn't it see more traffic? ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Local Information for Washington Column
Photos of Washington Column Slideshow Add Photo
Looking at Washington Column from my tent steps on...
Looking at Washington Column from my tent steps on...
Little Rattle Snake on the approach to Washington ...
Little Rattle Snake on the approach to Washington ...
Boulering near the base of Washingtons Column
Boulering near the base of Washingtons Column
Electric Ladyland, Stretch, AKA, Steve Ortner with...
Electric Ladyland, Stretch, AKA, Steve Ortner with...
Kor Roof
Kor Roof
Washington Column
Washington Column
A long way to go...
A long way to go...
Travis Strong organizing the belay, P4 of "Sk...
Travis Strong organizing the belay, P4 of "Sk...
Dinner Ledge
Dinner Ledge
Washington Column and North Dome. Photo By Blitzo.
Washington Column and North Dome. Photo By Blitzo.
Pitch 5
Pitch 5
"Space Case" 5.10c. A short route at the...
"Space Case" 5.10c. A short route at the...
The Column, viewed from the Death Slabs under Half...
The Column, viewed from the Death Slabs under Half...
the next morning
the next morning

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By Osprey Overhang
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May 3, 2010
Perfect winter aid routes on the south side. This wall dries up quicker than you would think after a February snow storm.

It is possible for a motivated party to climb Southern Man, South Face , and Skull Queen with in one sunny winter week with out seeing another party the entire time.
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