La Cosita, Left, El Capitan 5.9

 
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Yosemite Valley, California USA

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CR

Intermediate climber
Nov 1, 2002 - 08:44am
 
Don't pass this one up just because it's a short 5.7 in a valley of giants. This is a great little climb. A little bit of everything... jamming, chimney, stemming, a mantle and a final offwidth bulge (protects great with a 3.5 camalot). Didn't know that a 5.7 could be so much fun!
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Charlie

Novice climber
Nov 2, 2002 - 01:44pm
 
I agree with CR; did this one last time in the Valley (10/25/02) and enjoyed it. It may not look like much from the ground but it is fun, steep, and calls for the various climbing techniques mentioned by CR.
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older then dirt

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Berkeley, Ca.
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   Mar 29, 2004 - 12:58pm
Just did this route last Sat.3/27/04.I'm just your 5.7 sometimes 5.8 leader and this was the toughest 5.7 I have done.Also my favorite. I found it as hard but steeper and more sustained then the few 5.8's I'v done. A 60 meter rope works to rap and just makes it so you can toprope La Cosita right.The bolts and chains at the top look new.
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zeta

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Portland, OR
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   May 2, 2011 - 11:18am
Did this April 30th, 2011

I thought this was definitely the hardest 5.7 I've ever done (harder than many 5.8s). It was steep and heady for me, and it does require a lot of techniques, though you can put in lots of gear and move slowly up it. Definitely bring a #3/4 cam!

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El Capitan - La Cosita, Left 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The base routes are scattered to the left of the SE Buttress.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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