Grape Race, El Capitan 5.9 A2 or C3
Avg time to climb route: 5 days
Approach time: 10 minutes
Descent time: 4 hours
Number of pitches: 12
Height of route: 1400'
OverviewGrape Race ascends the true bridge of the "the nose" on the first half of Southeast Buttress of (The actual Nose route starts on the bridge but then wanders right for 1000 feet). It is a spectacular location with ok climbing. But hey, even OK climbing on El Cap can be great. It is mostly fixed and clean but you need to know how to place a few copperheads in case they are missing. This is mainly a route for experienced El Cap climbers who have climbed the classic lines and are looking to experience some new locations.
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StrategyBecause Grape Race shares the first three pitches with The Nose, there is great potential for a traffic jam nightmare with other climbers. Try to avoid this route in peak season. When the route joins The Nose after the Jardine Traverse, you have a few options to finish: The Nose, Muir Wall, or Tribal Rite. Tribal Rite is the hardest but best option because it avoids... [full history for SuperTopo members only!]
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