Some of the most interesting, colorful, and climbable rock anywhere, set in spectacular Kings Canyon National Park. Finding the correct start is key to an enjoyable climb – many variations and totally independent climbs have been done on the broad buttress by climbers assuming they were on this classic route. Stories of very difficult moves above long runouts are common. Follow the SuperTopo referenced here carefully, and you’ll be rewarded with one of the finest climbing experiences at this difficulty level on the continent. This one must be earned through a long approach, either from the west from Kings Canyon, or over the crest of the Sierras from the east via Kearsarge Pass. The latter is recommended.


Kings Canyon Nat’l Park, California, USA


G37, I1, W32

Type / Rating

Alpine Rock / IV, 5.7

Route Description:

See references


Trip Reports:

Halladay 9/05
Peterson 6/95
Bindner 7/99

First Ascent:

C. Jones, G. Rowell, F. Beckey, October 1970.

Also on the CD-ROM:

33 high-res images of this climb, USGS topo maps

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