Sunrise on Washington Column
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.
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...
Weather station 0.4 miles from here
11 Total Routes
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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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Jo Jo 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
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This thing is about as splitter as splitter gets. Starts out at fingers for a few feet and then hands for a loooong way, to wide hands, to fist and then maybe an OW move or two at the top. Crux is not getting pumped. If you're a Indian Creek hardman, this thing will be pretty simple business....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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By Osprey Overhang
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.