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A great place to take first-time climbers for several variations of slab climbing in the 5.6-5.8 range. To access the large platform at the top, walk around left or climb Bobcat Crack to the right. Sling the tree and back it up with gear.

Named for the bobcat that regularly scrambles up it, this easy-to-protect crack runs up the right side of the West Slabs to the base of the Penthouse Cracks. To top-rope this and the West Slabs, sling the tree and back it up with gear. Descend by walking off to the left. Pro: standard rack.

Obvious flake up to the ledge. To reach the top anchor, traverse right and follow 5.easy climbing around and then left to the 2-bolt anchor with rap rings. Remember to place gear to protect the second. Rappel descent to the top of West Slabs, then walk off. Pro to 3".

An interesting crux move from an undercling leads to good finger crack climbing. 2-bolt top anchor shared with the other Penthouse Cracks.

Hand jams and finger cracks. 2-bolt top anchor shared with the other Penthouse Cracks.

Lieback your way up to the small roof (mind the swing). 2-bolt top anchor shared with the other Penthouse Cracks.

Follow the chimney on the left side of the block shared with Oak Tree Flake. Can be top-roped with a 60m rope from the anchor shared with Grant's Crack.

Pro to 4.5".

Optional second pitch for Grant's Crack, Oak Tree Flake, or Swan Slab Chimney. Climb past blocks to the bay tree then continue up the fingers-to-hands crack. One old bolt marks the belay. Pro to 2.5".

For the descent, walk left and down some 5.easy terrain to a gully, then either downclimb the 5.5 gully, rappel from a tree, or walk off left to the top of Penthouse Cracks and rappel from the 2-bolt top anchor there.

Obvious chimney above the top anchor for Grant's Crack.

Start right of the blocks at the base of Grant's Crack and continue up the thin crack to the top anchor at the tree.

Same start as the Unnamed Thin Crack, but at the top of the blocks, traverse right to the base of the thin seam. Face climbing takes you to the top anchor.

Shared top anchor with Hanging Flake.

Start farther left.

The crux of the climb is the 5.11b start, but don't let that grade discourage you. French free or aid the first 15 feet, and the grade falls to 5.10a C0. Save some strength for the finger locks through the last 15 feet of the route.

FA: Joe Oliger & Steve Roper, 1961

FFA: Lloyd Price et al., 1967

FFA: Kevin Worrall & George Meyers, 1974

Topo is approximate.
Route is described in the Falcon Guide (Yosemite Climbs: Free Climbs, Don Reid, 1994. ISBN 978-0934641593)

FA: Kim Schmitz & Jim Madsen, 1967

FFA: Mark Carpenter et al.

FFA: Claude Fiddler & Peter Olander, 1972


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