Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 30, 2010 - 09:07pm PT
Hey Salamanizer, I'm taking you up on your idea to do Entrance Exam, Midterm, Final Exam and Extra Credit all in one day. Lets set up a day to make it happen. Hell, I challenge all of you taco heads in the Bay area to do it too. We'll be the graduating class of 2010.
Entrance Exam can be done in one pitch, so can Mid Term. We'll knock em both off in under an hour. I think you can approach Extra Credit vai simuling one of the Quickie Quizzes and Kindergarten Crack but I'm not really sure. That'd be cool! Actually, nailing the approach and decent of Extra Credit I think will be the crux of the day. Some homework might be in order.
Extra Credit is two pitches, or so the guide says. Probably a sandbag at .10d as well and no doubt gritty. Topo says 5" pro. Which for me means I can lock a knee and stack saving energy. Hopefully similar to the Vendetta size, which is a cake walk for me.
From there it's over to Mirror lake for the long slog up the slabs which will probably take a couple hours. I know the trail well. The Pro is all 2" to 4" so only a few cams will need to be carried up. Our packs will be light. The first pitch says .10d fists, which from past experiences means featureless groveling. The second pitch says "loose .10b and generally avoided", which means I'll have to do it or I'll invalidate the whole day in my mind. Then the long walk back to pizza and beer at the deck or loft.
It does sound awesome. Do we swap leads, both lead? I feel like if I don't lead em I haven't really done em, but timewise it would be a stretch. 11a/b trad is really pushing for me, so the 10d pitches are by no means a gimme. I'm stoked. Think we can do it Bay area to Bay area in a day?
So Karodrinker and Salamanizer did you graduated - or did you Dropped outs?, ha, ha
Actually it is faking great idea.
To do presumably second ascend for Extra Credit ( approach can be the crux).
And another crux approach to Final Exam. Now with consistent closure or Arch it ruled out spring and leftover is cool days in August until early Oct?
You should add "Drop-out" from Leaning tower base to your list now.
I even made schedule :
6:00 Arch Rock Parking lot
6:30-8:00 Entrance Exam
8:00-9:00 Quickie Quizzles
9:00-10:00 Ledges Approach to Extra Credit (I did see this route from ND and it seems that it possible to hike to the base on high ledges)
10:00-12:00 Climb both pitches of Extra Credit
12:00-13:00 Back down to Arch Rock Base
13:00-13:45 climb Midterm
14:00 Back to car at Arch parking
14:00-16:00 drive , launch, rest, hike to Mirror lake
16:00-18:00 hike Death slabs to base of Final Exam
18:00-19:00 climb Final Exam
19:00 get diploma, smoke and bivi at the base, invite your parents for graduation party at the base too