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Yosemite Point Buttress - 5.9

Average Rating = 2.50/5 Average Rating : 2.50 out of 5
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 3.00/5
  Rock Quality 2.00/5
  Scenery 4.50/5
  Fun Factor 2.50/5

Description:

Yosemite Point Buttress-YPB-is the prominent rock buttress leading to a 600 foot face above Yosemite Village. The route tops out at Yosemite Point; the highest part of the rim directly right of The Lost Arrow. Where the buttress adjoins the face, there is a large ledge called “the pedestal.” Also, at the 750 foot level, there is a prominent pine tree that is visible on the outside face of the buttress. This is an important land mark when negotiating this climb. Climb up 3rd and 4th class rock benches, brush, and talus to gain the toe of the buttress. Rope up and ascend obvious 5.8 cracks, chimneys and faces, more or less directly below the pine tree at the 750 foot level. After reaching the pine tree, move left and then up chimneys to reach the left edge of the pedestal. From the top of the pedestal, climb a short knobby 5.8 face to gain the beginning of the crack system that takes you to the rim. After the cracks (crux) end 150 feet below the rim, continue on moderate 5th and 4th class rock to the railing at the Yosemite Point overview. This climb involves over 1,500 feet of fairly sustained climbing and is a Grade IV, 5.8/5.9.

Submitted by: rcwallrat on 2005-04-24
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Route ID: 65929

3 Ascents Recorded

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: salamanizer on 2010-10-03 (View Climbing Log)

2 out of 5 stars Total Pile

Had some problems finding the start. Then route finding was semi difficult because the topo (much like to the Lost Arrow Chimney) is totally screwy, hard to follow and just plain wrong. Other than that there were a couple half pitches of good climbing, the rest was pretty much total crap. The headwall pitch looks much harder than it actually is.

Added: 2010-10-03

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: retro67 on 2010-09-21 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars Adventure!

This was a great adventure climb. Long approach. Routefinding was the crux. Loose, rotten rock galore. Lots of strenuous chimneying. Glad to have climbed it, but certainly won't go back for more.

Added: 2010-09-26

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Red Point Red Point ascent by: rcwallrat on 1978-05-09 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

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Witnessed by: Don Fredrickson
Added: 1978-05-09