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Offline dindolino32

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New, and hopefully better Washington Column Approach beta:
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:56:29 pm »
After getting lost/confused every time I get to the base of this wall, I decided to find a better way to describe how to get to the start of the climbers trail.  I'll include photos too (sorry they are sideways). 
1.  Hike past the Ahwahnee hotel, through the valet parking lot, and past the horse stables to the paved bike trail.
2. stay on the bike trail until you see "1/2 mile" in yellow spray paint on the paved trail.  At that point, walk backwards 10 feet and look to your left and you will see a hiker's trail.  Get on it and continue.

3.  Next, hike until you pass between two large boulders (left is much taller).

4. Hike another 50 feet or so until you see a 1 ft tall by 3 ft stump on your right side.  It is shaped like a heart.


5. Walk about 125 paces and you will be at the clearing.
6.  I made an arrow out of large sticks, but basically head between the two largest trees that are 45 degrees to your left.

7.  You will walk to a boulder with a 4 inch diameter log leaning against a boulder.
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8. Go right of the boulder and then search for the climber's warning sign (it says yer gonna die!).
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9. The last advice is to take a right just after your 2nd or 3rd large boulder instead of going straight.  (Usually at this point we go straight, get lost and just keep walking uphill, but there is a trail. It's hard to follow going up, but easy to follow on the way down).

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Re: New, and hopefully better Washington Column Approach beta:
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2014, 11:49:59 pm »
:)

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Re: New, and hopefully better Washington Column Approach beta:
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 10:19:35 am »
I am going to throw you a curveball Dindo...

Forget all of that approach beta.

Hike the trail from awahnee, break up and left where royal arches meets the washington column (called the line of demarcation) very visible.

Follow base to the start of the route.

Less steep, faster, and you find booty along the way.


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Re: New, and hopefully better Washington Column Approach beta:
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 03:57:10 pm »
Mucci approach is the best with a haul bag, no boulders to negotiate. It is also the approach for Bulging Puke, Tsunami and Harding Buttress.

What you describe is good if you're going light.

We spent a bit of time on the map in our new bigwall guide. Have you checked that out?

Woot!
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Re: New, and hopefully better Washington Column Approach beta:
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2014, 10:38:52 pm »
It's not like it was that difficult anyway.
Seriously.