Lost Arrow Spire Chimney

The Lost Arrow Spire Chimney in Yosemite National Park is the first technical climbing route to ascend the entire Lost Arrow Spire. This route shares the last two pitches with the Lost Arrow Spire Tip route which can also be reached by rappelling from above. The route is recognized in the historic climbing text Fifty Classic Climbs of North America and considered a classic around the world.[1][2] [3]

Lost Arrow Spire Chimney
LocationCalifornia, USA
Coordinates37.75600°N 119.593°W / 37.75600; -119.593
Climbing AreaYosemite Valley
Route TypeAid climbing/Trad
Vertical Gain1,400 feet
Rating5.5 A3 or 5.10 A2
First ascentJohn Salathé & Ax Nelson, 1947.


  1. Roper, Steve; Steck, Allen (1979). Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. pp. 269–275. ISBN 0-87156-292-8.
  2. McNamara, Chris, and Sloan, Erik. Yosemite Big Walls. Mill Valley, CA: SuperTopo, 2005. ISBN 0-9672391-9-2
  3. Challacombe, J. R. (June 1954). "The Fabulous Sierra Nevada". The National Geographic Magazine. Vol. CV no. Six. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. pp. 826–830.
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