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Table of contents

1. Southwest Base Area 31 routes in Sector

Mostly Trad

Long/Lat: -119.641350, 37.733929


Walk to the base of 'The Nose' of El Capitan. The first climb you will come to along the base of the cliff is 'Moby Dick'. 'Pine Line' is accesssed by traversing along the ledge to the right of 'Moby Dick'. To get to 'La Escuela', etc, keep heading up the scree covered slopes at the base of the cliff.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 *** La Escuela

Pro to 2.5".

FA: Yvon Chouinard, TM Herbert, 1962

FFA: Steve Wuncsh, Mark Chapman, 1973

5.11b Trad 220ft 3
2 ** Mr. Dash

Alternate P3 finish for La Escuela named after the late Micah Dash. Pro to 3" with extra 2" cams.

FFA: James Selvidge, Melissa Michelitsch, 2010

5.10a Trad 60ft
3 La Escuela Direct

FA: Eric Beck, Steve Williams, 1969

A4 Aid
4 ** The Slack, Left

Pro to 6", 2 ea. 2"-5".

FA: Chuck Pratt, Royal Robbins, 1965

FFA: Pat Ament, Larry Dalke, 1967

5.10b Trad 350ft 3
5 ** The Slack, Center

Pro to 6". P2 and P3 often linked.

FA: Charlie Raymond, Wally Reed, 1958

FFA: Pat Ament, Larry Dalke, 1967

5.10d Trad 400ft 4
6 *** Sacherer Cracker

Fabulous steep jam crack from narrow hand to offwidth. Pro to 6" with doubles to 3". Two rope rappel.

FFA: Frank Sacherer, Mike Sherrick, 1964

5.10a Trad 150ft
7 ** The Mark of Art

Pro to 3", 2-3 ea. 0.75"-1.5".

FFA: Mark Chapman, Art Higbee, 1974

5.10d Trad 110ft
8 * Short But Thin

Small pro. Usually top-roped by climbing the first 40ft of Sacherer Cracker to the bolts.

FFA: Tobin Sorenson, John Bachar, 1974

5.11b Trad 40ft
9 Fifteen Seconds of Fame

Pro to 4".

FA: unknown

FFA: Clint Cummins, 1988

5.9 Mixed 2 1
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
10 * La Cosita, Left Variation

Offwidth/lieback/chimney variation up the large flake on the left.

FFA: Bob Kamps, Galen Rowell, Dan Doody, Wally Upton, 1962

5.9 Trad 60ft
11 ** La Cosita, Left

Pro to 4". Stem, jam, chimney, and mantel your way up this surprisingly steep pitch.

FFA: Bob Kamps, Galen Rowell, Dan Doody, Wally Upton, 1962

5.8 Trad 60ft
12 * Sparkling Give-away

Pro to 3.5". Traverse right along the horizontal crack (and a piton), then mantel your way up the bolted blunt arête.

FFA: Pete Takeda, Eric Kohl, 1991

5.11a Mixed 60ft, 2
13 * La Arista

Start on La Cosita right, then move up the bolted arête to the shared chain top anchor. Pro to 2".

FFA: Chris Craig, Mike Creel, 1988

5.10c Mixed 90ft, 2
14 ** La Cosita, Right

Pro to 2".

FA: TM Herbert, Steve Roper, 1963

5.9 Trad 90ft
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
15 * Little John, Left

Pro to 4".

FFA: Dan Doody, Bob Kamps, Galen Rowell, Wally Upton, 1962

5.8 Trad 80ft
16 ** Hardly Pinnacle

Starts atop 'Little John, Left'. Pro to 1.5". This route can be top-roped by ascending the Heart Ledges fixed lines and swinging over to the bolted top anchor.

FFA: Dale Bard, et al., 1972

5.10d Trad 80ft
17 ** Little John, Right

Pro to 3".

FFA: Jack Turner, Royal Robbins, 1962

5.8 Trad 260ft 3
18 Sunday Driver

FFA: Ken Ariza, Mark Carpenter, Dimitri Barton, 1985

5.10b Trad
19 * Moby Dick, Left

Pro 2 ea. to 4".

FFA: Bob Kamps, Frank Sacherer, 1963

5.9 Trad 160ft 2
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
20 *** Moby Dick, Center

Difficult fingers at the start leading to a sustained wide section. Beautiful climbing.

Pro to 4.5", 2 ea. 4".

FFA: Franch Sacherer, Steve Roper, 1963

FA: Herb Swedlund, Penny Carr, 1963

5.10a Trad 190ft 2
21 * Ahab

Pro to 6".

FA: Frank Sacherer, Jim Bridwell, 1964

5.10b Trad 150ft
22 ** Masquerade / Call Me Ishmael

FFA: Charles Cole, Rusty Reno, 1988

5.11d R Sport 200ft 2
23 ** Reed's Leads

Pro to 2". Bolted top anchor. Two rope rappel.

FFA: Wally Reed, Mike Borghoff, 1963

5.10b Trad 150ft 2
24 * Seedy Leads

Pro to 1". Bolted top anchor. Two rope rappel.

FA: Mark Chapman, Rick Sylvester, 1971

FFA: Clint Cummins, John Lockhart, 1988

5.11a Mixed 150ft, 3
25 ** Thread of Life

Face climbing left of the P1 of Salathé Wall. Pro to 2". Two rope rappel.

FFA: Clint Cummins, Dan Nguyen, 1988

5.11a Mixed 4
26 Dust in the Wind

FFA: Joel Ager, Clint Cummins, 1989

5.10a Unknown
27 ** Pterodactyl Terrace, Left

Pro to 2.5". Bolted top anchor. Two rope rappel.

FA: Jim Sims, Steve Roper, 1963

FFA: Chris Fredericks, Frank Sacherer, 1965

5.10a R Trad 150ft
28 * Pterodactyl Terrace, Right

Pro to 2". Bolted top anchor.

FA: Glen Denny, Eric Beck, 1963

FFA: Vern Clevenger, 1975

5.11b Trad 110ft
29 ** Pine Line

Pro to 2".

FFA: Jeff Schaffer, Greg Schaffer, 1966

5.7 Trad 70ft
30 * Dihedral Wall Base A1 Aid
31 *** Salathé Base

P1 and P2 only of the Salathé Wall. Pro to 4".

5.10c Trad 230ft 2

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
5.7 ** Pine Line Trad 70ft
5.8 ** La Cosita, Left Trad 60ft
* Little John, Left Trad 80ft
** Little John, Right Trad 260ft 3
5.9 Fifteen Seconds of Fame Mixed 2 1
* La Cosita, Left Variation Trad 60ft
** La Cosita, Right Trad 90ft
* Moby Dick, Left Trad 160ft 2
5.10a Dust in the Wind Unknown
*** Moby Dick, Center Trad 190ft 2
** Mr. Dash Trad 60ft
** Pterodactyl Terrace, Left Trad 150ft
*** Sacherer Cracker Trad 150ft
5.10b * Ahab Trad 150ft
** Reed's Leads Trad 150ft 2
Sunday Driver Trad
** The Slack, Left Trad 350ft 3
5.10c * La Arista Mixed 90ft, 2
*** Salathé Base Trad 230ft 2
5.10d ** Hardly Pinnacle Trad 80ft
** The Mark of Art Trad 110ft
** The Slack, Center Trad 400ft 4
5.11a * Seedy Leads Mixed 150ft, 3
* Sparkling Give-away Mixed 60ft, 2
** Thread of Life Mixed 4
5.11b *** La Escuela Trad 220ft 3
* Pterodactyl Terrace, Right Trad 110ft
* Short But Thin Trad 40ft
5.11d ** Masquerade Sport 200ft 2
A1 * Dihedral Wall Base Aid
A4 La Escuela Direct Aid