From supertopo: "Because of the long approach and north-facing orientation, the Regular Route has an alpine quality no found on other popular Yosemite walls. The climbing starts off wandering at a low angle and gradually grows steeper and gets better. The last seven pitches are spectacular. Place one South Face of the Column on top of another one and you will get an idea of the Regular Northwest Face's length and difficulty."
Hike off: see supertopo
Submitted by: barwatt on 2012-09-06
Route ID: 112502
Great route, very remote feeling compared to other valley climbs. Rock quality was good for the most part, but somewhat poor when compared to El Cap and other valley walls. Last 5-6 pitches are excellent and I recommend doing the route just to climb these pitches. If you can lead 5.10+, this route will be a lot more fun because there are not many pitches harder than that. My partner pulled off a microwave sized rock three pitches above the Sheraton Watkins bivi which rolled off his leg. He had to jumar the rest of the climb, but was ok. Two days should be plenty of time for most parties and fit parties could probably do it in a day without too much trouble.