Commitment, Five Open Books 5.9
Avg time to climb route: 2-2.5 hours
Approach time: 30 minutes
Descent time: 30 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 350'
OverviewCommitment is one of Yosemite's best 5.9 3-pitch climbs. This route warms you up with two straight-forward pitches then blasts you with an intense and memorable crux. Although this is a first 5.9 Valley route for many climbers, there is nothing easy about Commitment. The route's wild crux is well, committing. Tenuous lieback moves under a large roof leads to strenuous and exhilarating 5.9 liebacking that will leave you with a full appreciation for this route.
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Five Open Books HistoryClimbers have always appreciated short approaches, so it’s not surprising that the area around Lower Yosemite Fall attracted attention in the 1960s. Only minutes from Camp 4 lay a wealth of possible routes on the various tiers of cliffs. One trouble: these cliffs were not exactly composed of pristine granite. Trees, bushes, munge, loose dark rock—you name it, these cliffs had it. In a valley renowned for its sparkling white granite, this place was an aberration. But let’s not forget that approach! - Steve Roper
FA: Jim Bridwell, Dave Bircheff and Phil Bircheff, 6/66.
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