Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery of why we climb
-- Greg Child
|nick on the $ pitch... with Middle Cathedral lurking behind...|
I packed up, and started the drive up after putting my kids down for the night... around 10 pm. I got to a reasonable pull out and got to sleep for a few hours before waking up at 5 am, so I could meet up with Nick at 5:30 at the hwy 120 entrance to the park. I'll talk about the climb with the pics below... but we climbed at a relaxing pace and we reached the summit by 5 pm, descended the ledges on fixed ropes, had a beer at Nick's van around 6:30 pm, and I made it home at 10 pm.
A 5 star day for sure.
East Buttress links...
- Topo from FISH - the main difference I saw from this and SuperTopo is at the top of ST's pitch 5 (Fish pitch 3), SuperTopo says move belay 50 ft to base of gully, whereas Fish keeps going straight up. Either way is OK...
- beta from SuperTopo forum - the story from Largo is worth a read here... check out their gear rack, "Dean and I brought one rope, several slings, about eight assorted nuts and no pack, no water and no food. Aside from swami belts and chalk bags, we had nothing else whatsoever. I didn’t even wear a shirt, nor drag along sneakers for the long hike down." - insane....
- TR from Ed Hartuni
- TR from DRC - glad we had better weather than these guys...
- TR from Brian
- This was my first time down the E. Ledges... and there was a Canadian party that had just done the nose we were descending with... and there were fixed ropes, so it was quite easy. But I could see how you could get a bit lost here in the dark. These links would help if you were up there in the dark on your first time down...
|my bunk for the night...|
|check out Nick's vacation home! Very jealous...|
|we got to the base around sunrise, and started our hour long slog up to the base of the climb. Here's a party on Zodiac.|
|Raven... these guys were swooping around all day long. Beautiful birds, it was easy getting lost just watching them while belaying...|
|First light on El Cap|
|so Nick got fired up and started getting ready...|
|At the top of the second pitch, you get a nice view of half dome.|
|my feet & second|
|a great view of Middle Cathedral too...|
|Nick leading the 3rd pitch.|
|feet & middle cathedral|
|Nick taking another smoke break waiting for the parties above to do their thing|
|the National Geo folks doing their thing...|
|check out this CZA (Circumzenithal arc). This is the most prominent one I've ever seen,|
|Nick capturing the icon of Yosemite...|