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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...


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['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',4],['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- HVS 4c C1     Trad, Aid, 11 pitches, 1200'   
Skull Queen   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c C2     Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200'   
The Prow   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c C2-3     Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200'   
Jo Jo    5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Astroman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   
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Henry Lester leading the Enduro Corner.

Astroman 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Washington Column
This is what it's all about, pitch after pitch of demanding, ultra high quality climbing on excellent stone w/ a surpassing view. Almost all the pitches would be highly sought after if they were base routes and three or four would be mega classics. If you don't think this climb is great, either you're just being contrary or you need to find another sport.Bibliographic Note 1: SuperTopo.com has an excellent free topo download for this climb that most will find more useful than the following rou...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Looking at Washington Column from my tent steps on a foggy day.
Looking at Washington Column from my tent steps on...
Little Rattle Snake on the approach to Washington Column (5/11/07). Photo by Dan Schuerch.
Little Rattle Snake on the approach to Washington ...
Boulering near the base of Washingtons Column
Boulering near the base of Washingtons Column
Kor Roof
Kor Roof
Washington Column
Washington Column
Dinner Ledge
Dinner Ledge
Travis Strong organizing the belay, P4 of "Skull Queen". El Cap in the distance.
Travis Strong organizing the belay, P4 of "Skull Q...
A long way to go...
A long way to go...
Pitch 5
Pitch 5
Washington Column and North Dome. <br />Photo By Blitzo.
Washington Column and North Dome.
Photo By Blitzo.
The Column, viewed from the Death Slabs under Half Dome
The Column, viewed from the Death Slabs under Half...
"Space Case" 5.10c. A short route at the base of the Column. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
"Space Case" 5.10c. A short route at the base of t...
the next morning
the next morning
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By Osprey
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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.