Boot Flake Fell of El Cap This Morning!!!

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Sam

Novice climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 14, 2002 - 01:34pm PT
I just got off the phone w/ a friend who is up in the valley! I guess it was a spectacular crashing sound (that much would be obvious) really early this morning as it slid down and broke up, crashing onto the apron and then the talus below.

I don't know anything about injuries or anything like that, I hope no one was bivey'd over there! I guess the NPS has blocked access to the whole area, and there is a massive amount of dust and crap in the air in that area. You can't even go to El Cap meadow, and they have traffic going two ways on the other side of the Valley.

Does anyone know of a web cab shot of the Captain?
?

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 02:29pm PT
http://www.yosemite.org/vryos/
garyd

Novice climber
humboldt
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 02:30pm PT
here is a web cam link (though not much help)

http://www.yosemite.org/vryos/

this is probably a troll anyway ...
Sam

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 02:36pm PT
Sure!
Fine!
Whatever!

It must take practice to troll well.



It just seems so serious around here all of a sudden...
Largo

Advanced climber
Nov 14, 2002 - 02:48pm PT
Boot flake fell off?

I'll bet you a dollar this is a silly rumor--not that there was much more than frozen cobwebs hoding the Boot on the wall, but this simply sounds too grand to be true, with the road closures and all.

JL
Jim Bob

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 03:19pm PT
Yea, the Valley looks really torn up... Maybe someone should have put bolts spaced every two feet around boot flake and clipped it in.
novice

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 03:33pm PT
did any routes use the boot flake?
Lynn

Intermediate climber
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 14, 2002 - 04:02pm PT
The Nose -
There is a free SuperTopo for it that you can download to study if you interested
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Nov 14, 2002 - 04:03pm PT
i took the bait and called the Yosemite Mtn Shop and they hadn't heard of any rock fall. Of course, the Boot Flake falling off is not improbable. As Largo mentioned, there isn't any visible means of attachment to the wall. On the second ascent of the Nose, Royal Robbins was nailing it and it expanded so much and made such a terrible hollow sound that he added a chicken-bolt midway. That bolt was chopped on the next ascent by Roper and since then everyone has more or less assumed its permanent... or is it?
news update

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 04:28pm PT
In a landmark decision, the NPS has decided to remove the boot flake this winter. Four cranes will be lowered in by heli and secured to the top of El Captain. Several climbers will be employed to attach the cables and place small explosives to fully detach the flake. Contact www.NPS.Gov/~ElCapDemolition for more information.
Hammer

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 04:32pm PT
Great photo of Boot Flake by William Zittrich in the gallery.
DS

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 04:35pm PT
Here's a good photo taken just a few hours after the big event.
<a href="http://www.safanda.com/bootflake.jpg"><img src="http://www.safanda.com/bootfake.jpg" width="272" height="448" border="0"></a>
garyd

Novice climber
humboldt
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 04:52pm PT
too much DS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that was great!!!!!!!!!!!
Bob

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 04:53pm PT
Photoshop strikes again. Weak troll David.
DS

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 04:59pm PT
Just felt like jumping on the band wagon. You're right, it is a weak troll. Sort of fun to imagine what it might look like though.
?

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 04:59pm PT
Can you photoshop it in there behind Texas flake?
Now that would be cool.
Bob

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 05:19pm PT
Actually the picture is pretty cool, it was the original troll that was week.
Sam

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 07:51pm PT
Yeah Bob-

All I did was get Chris Mac and John Long to at least laugh, weak huh? Guess next time I should pretend to be a racist idiot, then it would be "gold, gold I tell you!".
F*#kin' Idiot

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 08:22pm PT
Nice. Yep. And thanks to me, you have officially trolled TWO websites (rockclimbing.com). I should have waited to see how this washed out before opening my damn yapper. I've got to get job that requires I put some effort the whole "work" thingy, instead of sitting around surfing the web all day...

GOT ME!!

P/D

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2002 - 11:17pm PT
Hey Sam..idiot maybe....but racist no. I managed to troll a pack of idiot racists...but that was just by chance. I never started, nor participated in racism. Now idiocy...sure, plenty. Some folks are so dumb it IS funny.
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