American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California—Sierra Nevada, Bunnell Point—Northwest Face

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  • Publication Year: 1984

Bunnell Point—Northwest Face. This wide, smooth face rises above the Merced River at the east end of Little Yosemite Valley. It was first attempted in 1975 by Mead Hargis and J.P. de St. Croix. Robb Dellinger and I returned and completed their route in June, 1983. Right of the center of the face are two prominent dikes which slant up and left and meet about halfway up the face. The route follows the right dike and, in general, slants to the left for its entire fourteen pitches. There are about 15 bolts on the climb (beware off-route bolts to the right at about mid-height), about half of which are at belay points. Three or four of the pitches involved F9 climbing on this route, which was very reminiscent of climbing on Glacier Point Apron. IV, F9.

Alan Bartlett, Buff Alpine Club

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