North American Classic Climbs

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Sentinel Rock

North Face (Steck/Salathé)

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One of the biggest challenges to this climb is deciding on strategy. It is too long and tiring to get into a single day for many climbers, and very difficult to arrange with a bivouac due to the difficulty of hauling bags up the narrow chimneys and wide cracks which characterize the route. Some people love this climb, but I've talked to others who hate it. This climb is a good example of the heroic style of the golden years of route development in Yosemite Valley - hard continuous cracks and chimneys requiring muscle and stamina. On the plus side, it is an impressive line up a dramatic feature and has a great history.


Lowland Rock (crag)




Yosemite Nat'l Park, California, USA



G5, G35, I1, I2, I3, I5, W9, W32


V, 5.10


Route Descriptions & Maps:

Route diagramUSGS topographic map

First Ascent:

A. Steck, J. Salathé, June 30-July 4, 1950


Trip Reports:

Drixelius 9/94
Opland 6/96
Clark 10/98
Wright 6/01