Chouinard's Notes on the FA of NA Wall


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Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Topic Author's Original Post - May 21, 2019 - 04:31pm PT
An excerpt from a new book by Yvon Chouinard.

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Punter, Little Rock
May 21, 2019 - 06:27pm PT
Used to be glued to every issue of Summit, Mountain, Off Belay, etc.

I think the R&I team has done a good job. From what little I know, most of the staff know what the climbing life is about.

May 21, 2019 - 07:39pm PT
TFPU, Bruce.
Clint Cummins

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SF Bay area, CA
May 21, 2019 - 07:49pm PT
Wow, 10 days on El Cap, very low on food, from blazing hot to snowing and no way down!

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 21, 2019 - 11:50pm PT
Great read! I remember reading Robbins' account in the AAC, which I borrowed from the Doe Library in Berkeley, and goggling at the topo. It seemed half the route was A4 or harder. When I started climbing, the NA Wall was unrepeated.

People did much harder climbs since, of course, but it's hard for modern climbers to realize just how far those making the first ascent had to stick out their necks.


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Valles Marineris
May 22, 2019 - 07:43am PT
The NA Wall first ascent story is crazy amazing. But, the second ascent of the Muir Wall makes my balls get even smaller; the Robbins solo. I'm not sure many or any of the 'modern' wall climbers, which I am part of, appreciates the full-on commitment required for these alpine ascents in the 60's. Not too much in the way of fixing lines. Ballsy.

Trad climber
May 22, 2019 - 10:27am PT
Ties off pitons by driving the hero loops into the cracks with the pitons

Smack it hard enough to stick but not so hard as to cut it? Wow.
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