Bongs Away, Left, Reed's Pinnacle 5.8

   
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Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 3.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 1 hour
Approach time: 5 minutes
Descent time: 10 minutes
Number of pitches: 1
Height of route: 90'
Overview
Somewhat obscure, Bongs Away, Left is an unusual and excellent chimney/hand/ offwidth/lieback experience. A featured flake is recessed in a tight chimney with each side 1 to 4 inches wide, so the climbing is intriguing and well-protected. Seldom does Yosemite let you practice such needed offwidth and chimney climbing skills at a moderate level with bomber protection. Right off the belay, the best idea is usually to face straight into the chimney and move directly into some of the above mentioned techniques. After exiting the chimney, fun liebacking and cool knobs lead to a bolted anchor. Bomber chickenheads appear now and again and serve as excellent footholds. Rappel 90 feet back to the large ledge, carefully staying left.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: April 20, 2009
Reed's Pinnacle - Bongs Away, Left 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
Photo: Chris McNamara
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