Did this once a few years ago. I thought the technical crux was before the tree, and from what I remember, hitting the tree did not seem very likely. Fell just before the last bolt, and was so disappointed that I didn't onsight my first Yosemite 11. Seemed a little hard, but hey, thats what Yosemite is for right? Overall well worth a stop if you like long/technical vertical sport routes.
Maybe I hated this route because it kicked my ass, but...this did not feel like .11b. Especially when compared with other sport (or "face" if you prefer) routes of a similar or harder grade in the valley.
Bring your edging shoes. The falls are clean.
Church Bowl has on of the easiest approaches in the valley.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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