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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.

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

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