After Six is a six-pitch 5.7 Yosemite classic that has long been a favorite among the less time-committing group of free climbs in Yosemite Valley. Located on the western end of Manure Pile Buttress, the climb is popular with those looking for one of the easier Yosemite routes (it's a good introduction to Yosemite 5.7 multi-pitch traditional climbing) or for a climb that takes less than a full day's commitment. The route ascends 600 feet up the granite slabs of Manure Pile Buttress in a series of low angle cracks and face sections. Large belay ledges are frequent throughout and offer plenty of spots to break for a snack and enjoy the spectacular Yosemite Valley view. Below is a brief description of the climbs six pitches:
The descent trail is accessed by a couple of minimal-exposure scrambling moves off the back (back and to the left) side of the buttress.
Since After Six is close to the road, has excellent belay benches/trees/anchor options, and has a quick hiking descent to the car down the adjacent gully, the climb can be done within a few hours or a half day.
For a full technical description of the climbing route, we recommend using SuperTopo’s Yosemite Valley Free Climbs.
Thanks to climbers Raph Dunn and Nathan Ptacek.