The Grack, Center, Glacier Point Apron 5.6

   
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Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 5.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 2 hours
Approach time: 15 minutes
Descent time: 30 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 400'
Overview
This is the best 5.6 in Yosemite. Such incredible moderate crack climbing is rare, which makes the route extremely popular. This climb is well-protected until 15 feet of unprotected 5.6 friction at the top that spooks out those unaccustomed to lowangle holdless climbing. The route faces east and is very hot on summer mornings but bearable by the afternoon. Temperatures in the spring and fall are ideal. If too crowded, climb The Grack, Left Side, or The Cow.
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History
FA: Bill Sorenson and Jack Delk, 1967.

Approach
From Curry Village, drive 0.2 mile east toward Half Dome. At the 3-way stop, turn right and drive a few hundred yards to the road barriers and turn into a huge dirt parking lot under Glacier Point Apron.

From the parking lot, its about a 15 minute hike to The Grack and The Cow.

From the northeast corner of the parking lot, walk 100 feet on a hikers’ trail and turn right (south) onto a climbers’ trail. Hike uphill for a few minutes to the base of Monday Morning Slab. For The Grack and all other routes, go left and uphill. After 100 yards, you reach The Goblet and then the trail flattens out at the base of Goodrich Pinnacle. Continue along the base for 100 yards, then down dirt switchbacks for a few hundred feet to a drainage crossing. Skirt the base for another few hundred yards to the point where the tree cover opens up again and you can see... BUY Yosemite Valley Free Climbs and read the rest this approach and much more.

Descent
Descend all routes by rappelling. You generally need two 50m or 60m ropes.
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