American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California - Yosemite, Columbia Finger, Southeast Face

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  • Publication Year: 1971

Columbia Finger, Southeast Face. On September 13, Jan Mostowski and I did what we believe to be a first ascent of the southeast face of Columbia Finger. From the base of the south buttress about 150 feet to the right of the beginning of a prominent open-book with a crack. Follow the crack, which turns right (north) after 140 feet, for two rope-lengths to a little platform. Soon afterwards the crack becomes overhanging. Beyond the overhang a series of small ledges is reached. Follow the highest ledge to its northern end and climb through a short open-book and a chimney up to the south ridge. Climb over the ridge without difficulty to the top. This was an enjoyable climb on excellent rock. NCCS II, F5.

Richard Hechtel

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