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Dave Miller

climber
June Lake, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 5, 2015 - 01:58pm PT
Just got a call from a buddy who is currently at the top of pitch 11 (pitch above the Robbins traverse) of the regular route on Half Dome and he says the ledge there is missing! Anyone heard of recent rock fall on HD? He's done the route before so I kinda trust what he's saying, as outlandish as it sounds.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 5, 2015 - 04:13pm PT
A little late for April Fools. Anything to this?
Dave Miller

climber
June Lake, California
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2015 - 04:38pm PT
Apparently they bailed cause they couldn't reach the anchor which is still there but with no ledge below it. He said there was a big dirt outline where the ledge was supposed to be. He also mentioned the area around the base of HD looked kinda gnarly but he just thought it was from the recent rain storms. Will be interested to find out what's going on up there, that's one of my favorite routes in the world.
DonC

climber
CA
Jul 5, 2015 - 04:41pm PT
wow, I remember that as a pretty big/long ledge with lots of good size rocks on it
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jul 5, 2015 - 05:21pm PT
Spooky bump
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:00pm PT
Just glad it didn't fall off when we were there!
Must not have been anyone there, or this would be posted already?
Dave Miller

climber
June Lake, California
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2015 - 06:04pm PT
Sadly it looks to be true. Here is a photo taken looking up from the Robbins traverse. There's a lot that is missing!
Credit: Dave Miller

And here's a photo of the debris field at the base

Credit: Dave Miller

Photos were taken by my buddy Drew
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:09pm PT
Damn exfoliation.
WBraun

climber
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:29pm PT
YOWZA !!!!!

Rock Armageddon !!!!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:30pm PT
Wow, looks like a new bolt ladder might be needed to reach the corner system?
Besides the p11 bivvy ledge, it looks like the flakes used for the "tunnel through" variation are gone, too.
mongrel

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:31pm PT
Regarding comments above, yes it was a good sized and rather long ledge system. I'm glad it didn't fall off while we were BIVIED on it some 25 or 30 years ago (topping out the next day). That would be a seriously rude awakening. Somebody ought to post this over on Beta, by all rights, the party who discovered it.

Edit to add: a new ladder or some free or aid climbing that's a lot harder than anything else.
Travis Haussener

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:34pm PT
Looks like a first ascent variation is in order
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:41pm PT
Whoa - big news!

John
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:47pm PT
I will donate some bolt on holds if someone wants to re-establish the free variation:-)
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:50pm PT
wonder if the rat's had anything to do with it? those mutha's kept us up all night when we slept there:(~~~

definitely has something to do with climate change tho. So it's prolly man's fault;)
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:50pm PT
^^^^^2 posts up
The first gym climb in Yosemite
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:53pm PT
^^^one post up
what about Serenity or The Nose?
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jul 5, 2015 - 06:56pm PT
^^^^^^
They don't have bolt on holds
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 5, 2015 - 07:08pm PT
Should I mention that the free variation bypasses the Robbins Traverse?

First Psyche Flake, then the Undercling Pitch, now the end of the Robbins Traverse. Pretty soon, all of the distinctive sections when I first started climbing will be mere memories. Oh well, someone will be able to say they made the Last Ascent of the Robbins Traverse.

John
T H

climber
Jul 5, 2015 - 07:12pm PT
The route is compromised, NPS should step in and create a via-ferrata out of it.
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