Bachar-Yerian timelinep-who did which ascent and when


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Big Wall climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2019 - 10:10pm PT
mike, it was probably mid nineties i imagine. the answer is just a phone call away for me if you lie.

hey, psyched to maybe team up with your son for a new fa on the captain. sounds like you raised him proud. ss
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 18, 2019 - 10:10pm PT
Hi Steve - yup, he is stoked to contribute whatever he can to your latest adventure up the Captain.

1) JB (1981)
2) DY (1981)
3) Steve Schneider (1983)
4) Christian Griffith
5) Scott Cosgrove
6) Jerry Moffat
7) Mike Waugh (1984)
8) Rob Oravetz
9) Wolfgang G.
10) Dave Schultz (1986)
11) Lance Bateman (1988)
12) Pete Steres
13) Eliot Robinson
14) John Scott
15) Brian Biega
16) Josh Horniack
17) Pete Chase,
18 Hans Standteiner
19) Alan Nelson
20) Tom Biggs
21) Hank Caylor
22) David Bell
23) Andrew Rock
24) Lonnie Kauk
25) Will Stanhope
26) Hazel Findley
27) Ashton Cruz McLean
28) Chase Leary
29) Scott Burke
30) George Ulrich
31) Ed Barry
32) Hayden Kennedy
33) Tracy DuFriend
34) Drew Rollins
35) Rob Miller
36) Sean Leary (Stanley)
37) Todd Worsfold (1985)
38) Ron Carson, Bill Leventhal (1991)
39) Lynn Hill (1997)
40) Stefan Schiller (2009?)
41) Alex Honnold (2011?)
42) Alan Carne (2016)
43) Emily Harrington (2016)
44) John Bolte (2018)

Big Wall climber
May 18, 2019 - 10:36pm PT
Ron Carson & I, Bill Leventhal, did an ascent of this iconic route in September 1991. I recall that Ron wanted to lead all the pitches and when I said I wanted to swing leads he said something like you lead the pitch, rap back down and I'll lead the pitch too. I said fug it, you can just lead the whole thing then. He did and I was happy to follow it cleanly. I must admit that I would have been scared to lead the 2nd pitch. I'm pretty sure Erik Erickson and Matt Dancy witnessed our ascent.

Monterey, Ca
May 18, 2019 - 10:52pm PT
Didn't Tom Higgins (roped) solo it?
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 19, 2019 - 04:03pm PT
Tom Higgins tried it rope solo with a Jumar belay, but backed off of p2. He wrote up his story on this forum.

Jun 30, 2009 - 08:40pm PT
Probably, the BY saved my life. For a time, I did a fair amount of rope soloing, sometimes because I didn’t arrange for a partner as I was running to the mountains last minute after a full work week, sometimes just to be alone. Somewhere deep in the bowels of supertopo there’s a little piece on my self belay antics on the Owl Roof in Yosemite. I think eventually I did about a dozen rope solos, including the first ascent of Thy Will Be Done in Tuolumne. The ridiculous and dangerous part is I used a jumar as the self belay device, an item not designed for this purpose. I never fell on it, but came very close on a failed attempt of the BY.

Why I ever thought to try this run out route with my cumbersome and unsafe self belay system is incomprehensible to me now. I guess I thought I was climbing pretty well back then, maybe a year or two after the climb had been done, and that the technical challenge was not beyond me. As John says, there is a short 5.11 part on the first pitch, but between a tied off knob and cams for the layback, I felt OK. But the next pitch became more and more terrifying as I fiddled to move the jumar along, tired on sustained moves (seemed 5.10ish), and looked down periodically at the “system” wavering below. Between the second and third bolt, finally, finally I realized I would probably die twice if I fell, not only from just banging the rock but then rocketing into the woods when the jumar broke. Increasingly sane but rattled, I had to make a choice between down climbing to the last bolt or going for the third and retreating from there, though that bolt seemed about 20 or so feet away. Or was it? I thought I saw it, but couldn’t be sure I was seeing the dark hanger on just a dark spot in the rock. I did the worst thing of all - I continued on thinking going ahead was the safer option, then decided after several more moves I should retreat. Slowly, carefully but not calmly, I moved down, again fussing with rope slack and the jumar (sometimes using my teeth), hyperventilating, over gripping, mad and very scared. As I approached the last bolt and then the belay station, I felt a rush of thanks to the god I didn’t believe in. Blinking at the jumar, it looked more and more paltry, like something I picked up at a hardware store. I turned it a couple of times in my hand and knew my days of solo rope climbing had just ended.

As with many of our foolish antics and adventures, especially failures, we mostly keep them to ourselves. I never told anyone about this particular fiasco, though Vern Clevenger looked at me suspiciously one day and asked, face screwed up quizzically, “Did you do something stupid up there (pointing to Medlicott)?” I’m still not sure if he was referring to this incident or something else, as probably there was other foolishness of mine to remember on that dome. I took the easy way out. “No,” I said, and maybe there was truth in my lie – it wasn’t stupid, it was insane. Yet, thanks to the BY, I never again rope soloed or soloed in any way, and so live on to reflect back on all the good and ridiculous in my climbing days.

Tom Higgins
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