Jamcrack, Sunnyside Bench 5.9
Yosemite Valley, California USA
Avg time to climb route: 45 minutes
Approach time: 15 minutes
Descent time: 15 minutes
Number of pitches: 2
Height of route: 160'
OverviewWith three or more people, it is easy to set a toprope on the first pitch, then have a novice leader and belayer ?lead? the first pitch, backed up with the toprope. If you do this, be sure to set a two-piece equalized directional before the traverse to the bolts. A belay can be set in the thin crack 10' right of the bolts (start of Pitch 2 of Lazy Bum) if crowds occupy the bolts. Linking the two pitches is not recommended due to the 20' traverse on the ledge.
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HistoryFA: Loyd Price and Kim Schmitz, 1967.
FFA: Kim Schmitz and Jim Madsen.
ApproachFrom the Lower Yosemite Fall parking area, 0.3 miles east of Camp 4, walk north on the paved trail toward the fall. Cross the bridge at the base of the fall and continue east along the trail for 100 yards. Stop where the trail nears the rock wall. Move up and right (east) following a climbers’ trail that parallels the wall. Follow the switchbacks for 200 feet. Jamcrack is the obvious hand crack leading to a ledge 80 feet up.
DescentRappel the route.
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