Regular Route, Sunnyside Bench 5.4
Avg time to climb route: 1-2 hours
Approach time: 15 minutes
Descent time: 15 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 400'
OverviewThis is one the best 5.4 multi-pitch routes in Yosemite.While mostly low-angle 3rd and 4th class, the climb has a few exposed and well-protected 5.0-5.4 sections. This is an excellent first Yosemite multi-pitch climb
with great views, and a chance to gain significant elevation while getting a feel for the granite. It is also the most direct access to the swimming pools above Lower Yosemite Fall.
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Where to take girls climbing? This was the admittedly sexist question for climbers of a much earlier generation—mine, in fact. Not that we had anything special in mind, of course, but it would be fun to find an easy route, show off a little, and maybe even have a swim at the end. And what better place for this than Sunnyside Bench, with magnificent pools atop it. Even the name was bound to attract the fair sex. Not a “wall,” not a “crack,” but a bench. And presumably a sunny one at that.
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