Yosemite Big Wall First Ascent Topos

Tuesday May 15, 2012
El Capitan after an especially cold winter storm.
El Capitan after an especially cold winter storm.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Please post your own links to Yosemite Big Wall first ascent topos in the comments section

Some related links:
Here is the original forum thread
Download of Yosemite FA Topos Version 1
Obscurities - topos to Alaska, Hetch Hetchy, Misc Sierra Nevada

El Capitan
 Allied Forces
 Continental Drift
 Disorderly Conduct
 El Nino
 Every Man For Himself
 Freerider - topo - route beta
 Girdle Traverse - page 1 - page 2
 Gulf Stream
 Heavy Metal And Tinker Toys
 High Plains Drifter
 Ned's Excellent Adventure
 North America Wall - topo - route beta
 Outer Negative (El Cap base pitch)
 Pacific Ocean Wall - source
 The Prophet - topo - route beta
 Right Ventricle (3rd pitch variation on Zenyatta)
 Scorched Earth
 The Secret Passage - topo - route beta
 Sea of Dreams
 Tempest - topo 1 - topo 2 - route beta
 Verano Magico

Fifi Buttress
 Techno Geek

Moraine Dome
 Moraine Dome Topos

Half Dome
 Queen of Spades
 Southern Belle
 White Room

Lost Brother

Porcelain Wall
 Luminescent Wall
Sky is Falling

Ribbon Fall
 Laughing At The Void
 Reason Beyond Insanity

Wall of Obscurity
 Life on The Dark Side

Washington Column
 History of the Future
 Re-animator - topo - route beta
 Pitch to Nowhere (base pitch)

Yosemite Falls Wall
 Aqua Vulva
 Dante's Inferno
 Hurricane Jingus
 L' appat - topo - route beta
Satanic Ritual Abuse
 Wheel of Torture

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Chris McNamara
About the Author
Climbing Magazine once computed that three percent of Chris McNamara’s life on Earth had been spent on the face of El Capitan – an accomplishment that left friends and family pondering Chris’s sanity. He has climbed El Capitan more than 70 times and holds nine big wall speed climbing records. In 1998 Chris did the first Girdle Traverse of El Capitan, an epic 75-pitch route that begs the question, “Why?”

Outside Magazine called Chris one of “the world’s finest aid climbers.” He is the winner of the 1999 Bates Award from the American Alpine Club and founder of the American Safe Climbing Association, a nonprofit group that has replaced over 5000 dangerous anchor bolts. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and serves on the board of the ASCA and the Rowell Legacy Committee. He has a rarely updated adventure journal, maintains, and also runs a Lake Tahoe home rental business.


Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Apr 3, 2012 - 01:32pm PT
Super cool Chris!!! Thanks for posting these. Though it appears that most of the El Cap topos are broken links (except for Sea of Dreams, Outer Negative and Right Ventricle) :(

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Apr 3, 2012 - 01:34pm PT
wow, thx Bryan and Erik for sharing all those, and cmac for posting up.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
  Apr 3, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
Thanks to Bryan, Eric and Chris for sharing these.

Trad climber
Las Vegas
  Apr 3, 2012 - 03:23pm PT
Way cool Chris...

But yah, run a link checker over the page.

(xenus-link-sleuth is quite handy and freebee)
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2012 - 03:31pm PT
Bryan Suggested I upload each topo individually from the First Ascent downloads. That way it will be easier to find topos (rather than scrolling through the entire pdf) So i will do that shortly.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Author's Reply  Apr 3, 2012 - 03:40pm PT
oops, sorry about the bad links. all fixed now
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Author's Reply  May 15, 2012 - 03:10pm PT
Just updated with more routes

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  May 15, 2012 - 03:12pm PT
Thanks, Chris. I'm adding to my tick list faster than my life is ebbing, but now I've added a few more.

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