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North America, United States, California—Sierra Nevada, Crown Point, Peeler Pillar

Crown Point, Peeler Pillar. Near the Twin Lakes area to the north of Yosemite, Crown Point lies between Crown and Peeler Lakes. Rising above Peeler Lake is an impressive pillar which Geert Dijkhuis (of Holland), Larry Johnson, and I climbed on September 5. We began about 100 feet to the right of the steep north face of the buttress, between an overhanging chimney and a sandy gully. Two hundred feet of undemanding fifth-class led to a large ledge and a rope-length of third class. Above, we climbed a white face lined with vertical cracks, staying left of a large open-book for four leads of consistent 5.5 to 5.6 climbing on excellent rock. The climbing is very reminiscent of the southeast buttress route on Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne. NCCS II, F6.

GREG DONALDSON