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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 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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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'
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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Skull Queen 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2 CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Washington Column
Skull Queen is a good alternative if the South Face is full. The aid is not much more difficult, a few micronut placements on pitch 8 and a few awkward placements on pitch 10. The last pitch is a stellar 5.10c finger crack. Climb to Dinner Ledge via South Face Route and do the Kor Roof pitch. Head right into the slanting crack (the bolt above the roof is for the S. Face route) and follow the rivet/bolt latter (in great condition as of June 2006). It is more or less straight up for 7 pitches ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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