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Hints for big-wall climbing in Yosemite

Compiled by Q.-Tuan Luong for The Yosemite Rock Page

This article points to some big-wall climbing hints for begining and intermediate climbers. See also general practical information and hints on free-climbing.

Technical tips

Suggested routes

These routes go basically clean with the fixed gear. The classic progression is South Face of Washington Column, Half-Dome, the Nose. Many people do that one as their first grade VI. It's long, but the climbing is relatively easy, and it has good ledges. Long approach ! There are only two El Cap routes which can be done without a portaledge. The Salathe has more scary free-climbing than the Nose.

Glossary by Pat Mclaughlin

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