Wet Denim Daydream
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This is kind of like the big brother to the West Face route. Similar steepness, lots of fixed gear of questionable quality, but with a kick-ass 15 ft horizontal roof crack to cap the whole thing off with.
Climb up to Ahwahnee Ledge, the route starts from here. Some funky free climbing (best not to clip Hotrod anchor right off ledge as pro), gets you to an intermediate free-climbing belay and below the nice beak and head seam. From here on out it is up to you to decide whether or not to clip those nice shiny bolts added by Skinner when he freed the route (Dry Lycra Nightmare). The only person to care or not will be you. They do change the route in my opinion. For the worse.
Anyway, keep on chuggin up lots of fixed gear to the splitter roof crack. Best for you partner if you back clean it all the way out to the lip, or leave enough gear for him/her to easily re-aid it. If you aren´t crippled by rope drag at this point, climb up thin crack to ledge.
If you are climbing this later in the season, DO NOT TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF ON THIS LEDGE! It will be pretty sticky and gross. You have been warned.
Approach as for West Face, climb first 4 pitches up to Ahwahnee Ledge.
Medium beaks (2/3) for handplacing
Offsets, Aliens and HBs
Cams up to 3"
By Bryan G
Oct 10, 2015
After doing a handful of easy trade routes (W Face of the Tower, Liberty Cap, Lurking Fear, The Prow) and finding them altogether straightforward and easy, I was looking for something more challenging where I'd actually have to think about some of the placements. So I tried doing a hammerless ascent of Wet Denim and immediately got shut down by the beak seam on the pitch above Ahwahnee and ended up rapping to the ground.
The fact that anyone can climb that clean is incredible. Even if I had brought a hammer (and a more extensive selection of beaks) it's not ideal for your first A3. The fall is quite nasty if you were to screw up and pop a couple pieces. You're not far above the low angle 5.7 terrain, and the chicken bolts wouldn't save you from that pedestal of stacked blocks if you zippered from a couple placements above the last one. Probably no big deal for wall climbing veterans, but if you're a novice like me, looking for something that's just a step up from the West Face, the Daydream is more like a gigantic leap up in difficulty, imo.