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Washington Column

The Washington column has been for a long time a training ground for longer ascents in Yosemite Valley. Like many, Frank Levy and I broke our aiders for the first time on the South Face in April 1994. Later in the year, I returned with Ky-Van to swing leads on the steeper Prow.

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Sunny side: the South Face route (look for the 4 climbers). Washington Column, Yosemite, California Shadow side: The Prow (the white streak). Washington Column, Yosemite, California The South Face: Frank on the traverse pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California The South Face: Frank on the nut pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California Climbing to Anchorage ledge. Washington Column, Yosemite, California Belaying from Anchorage ledge. Washington Column, Yosemite, California Belaying from Anchorage ledge. Washington Column, Yosemite, California Leading the long 6th pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California Leading the long 6th pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California Leading the long 6th pitch. Washington Column, Yosemite, California Bivy on Tapir ledge. Washington Column, Yosemite, California Above Tapir ledge, the route is no longer steep. Washington Column, Yosemite, California We suffer hauling through a chimney. Washington Column, Yosemite, California

All text and photos © Q.-T. Luong. See conditions for use of images. All the 13 pictures of Washington Column are on this page