Direct Northwest Face, Half Dome 5.14a or 5.10 C2+


Yosemite Valley, California USA

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May 23, 2013 - 07:48pm
Was up on this route last weekend and replaced a bunch of bolts courtesy of the ASCA. I was impressed by the amount of junk webbing on and around the route.

I was just tagging along for a day so there are still a ton of bolts that could be replaced in the first four pitches.

I replaced 1 bolt at the optional anchor between 2 & 3 (on the supertopo). This is now 1 - 3/8" and 2 - 1/4" but can be skipped.
The Pitch 3 and Pitch 4 anchors have 2 3/8" bolts and a smattering of 1/4" bolts.

A few bolts were replaced on the bolt ladder on Pitch 3 and on the final bolt ladder on pitch 4. So expect to see some old and exciting bolts. There are 3/8 bolts on pitch 4 for the free route (for the most part these are off to the side.

You can rappel from pitch 4 with two 60m ropes. One of the rap stations looked to have a 5/16" bolt along with a 3/8" bolt. You could fix three 60m ropes to get to P4.

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Half Dome - Direct Northwest Face 5.14a or 5.10 C2+ - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The Direct Northwest Face.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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