Third Pillar of Dana

Third Pillar of Dana, III 5.10a

Eastern Sierra Nevada, California
Lee Vining, California – Car Camping or Motels

1 day / Cost: $375.00 / per person with 1 Climber
1 day / Cost: $225.00 / per person with 2 Climbers

Third Pillar of DanaLocated at the edge of Yosemite National Park the Third Pillar of Dana is one of the cleanest most aesthetic 5.10 alpine rock routes you could ever climb.  From Lee Vining and the Tioga Pass Road, this stunning pillar of granite dominates the surrounding skyline.  The climbing quality matches its beauty, and so it is deservedly listed in every major guidebook as one of the classic must-do climbs of California.

A guided climb of the Third Pillar of Dana is unique in that the approach brings climbers to the top of the climb and then descends to the base of the route.  From here the climb starts the five pitches of excellent alpine rock on stellar granite.  The first pitch off the ground is fun and engaging and just keeps getting a little bit better with every pitch.

Most of the pitches consist of moderate climbing with shorter sections of harder 5.10a rock climbing.  The route is most known for its great flakes and engaging hand cracks.  None of which are better than the last pitch topping out with spectacular views of Mono Lake, Tioga Pass, and Yosemite National Park.

While it is located only a couple of short miles from the trailhead the difficulty of the approach and the climbing require a full day,  this climb usually starts with an early morning and can sometimes require a long day.

This trip is run as a custom climb for climbers with some previous outdoor climbing experience.  Guests who have not climbed with SWS Mountain Guides or California Rock Guides before may be asked to do a prep day with a guide before climbing this route.  Such days are for both the safety of the guide and yourself as well as to ensure you have the best possible experience on the mountain.

Departure: Lee Vining, California
Duration: 1 day
Group Size: Limited to 2 clients
Guide to client ratio: 1:2
Experience Level: To climb the Third Pillar of Dana climbers should have arrived with previous experience climbing outdoors and preferably on multi-pitch routes.  Experience climbing at altitude is also helpful.