Rock Fall, El Capitan 11.11.10

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Aleister Crowley

Trad climber
Oct 11, 2010 - 05:57pm PT
Wow!

I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often on that side of EC actually.

There are so many huge expando, obviously deciduous flakes
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Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 11, 2010 - 06:00pm PT
The flakes may be exfoliating, but deciduous?
Aleister Crowley

Trad climber
Oct 11, 2010 - 06:04pm PT
yeah, deciduous.

Detached, expando hairballica.

Ever climbed on that aspect of EC Anders?
Blakeb

Gym climber
Southern Oregon, behind her
Oct 11, 2010 - 06:39pm PT
well, there have got to be some routes that run through there, i wonder what part of what fell off?? Hopefully Tom will chime in soon and let us know what happened and specifically where
klaus

Big Wall climber
San F*#kincisco
Oct 11, 2010 - 07:03pm PT
there's some really big detached stuff over there. just to the right is the "dekapitator" on "Get Wacked". It's like A1 until it blows. really freaky. the thing that fell looks like pitch 6 and the top of 5 of the Waterfall route and the belay ledge of GW pitch 5. It was a natural belay with all your cams behind giant flakes. I remember that belay was comfy but spooky.

JesseM

Social climber
Yosemite
Oct 11, 2010 - 07:43pm PT
Thanks Chris for posting this,

I'm not sure exactly what routes go through the rockfall area, but I'm pretty sure it is close to the Water Fall Route. Tom will be posting shortly I'm sure and will include photos--and EC Report link of course.

No climbers were effected by the rockfall--other than potentially the need for a change of under garments. Sky and Andy were real close on ?. Must have been absolutely terrifying...can't believe they didn't bail. Hard men. Although maybe they are safer going up.

I posted signs about the fall at both the Devil's Elbow/Zodiac Talus approach, and the Standard (Nose, etc.) approach. We also posted signs at Camp 4 and the Mt. Shop. We are advising climbers that the area had a significant rockfall and appears to still be active, and to avoid the approach to East Buttress and other routes in the Horse Tail Fall area.

The East Buttress route itself was not effected by this fall, and climbers wanting to link Moratorium with the route could continue as planned as long as their bail plans didn't involve the rockfall zone.

Hopefully Greg Stock, our Park Geologist, will also be reading this thread and be available for questions.

Be Safe,

Jesse M.
Yos. Climbing Ranger
klaus

Big Wall climber
San F*#kincisco
Oct 11, 2010 - 08:19pm PT
obviously he din't read my post
gstock

climber
Yosemite Valley
Oct 11, 2010 - 08:33pm PT
There were three rock falls from this area today, the first around 11:30 am. This was a relatively small rock fall, but was followed about three minutes later by a much larger rock fall. A party two pitches up the Nose got some nice profile views and photos of this second fall.

10.11.2010 El Capitan rock fall from the Nose, photo by Matthew Moody
10.11.2010 El Capitan rock fall from the Nose, photo by Matthew Moody
Credit: gstock

A third smaller rock fall occurred at around 1 pm.

Comparison of photos taken before (xRez), during (Tom Evans), and after (G. Stock) the rock falls clearly show the source area. Below is a comparison showing the cliff before any of the recent rock falls on the left, and after on the right, with the source area circled in yellow - note that the photo locations and lighting are not exactly the same. About 20% of the total difference between these photos occurred during the intense rain last week (this was the rock fall alluded to in the thread on Sky and Andy's adventure in the waterfall), with the remaining 80% due to the rock falls today.

Before and after photos showing the source area for the 10.11.2010 El ...
Before and after photos showing the source area for the 10.11.2010 El Capitan rock falls
Credit: gstock

We were able to scan the cliff with a laser (LiDAR mapping) this evening, so I should be able to at least have accurate dimensions of the rock scar soon, but no doubt it was a large rock fall, probably the largest this year.

Greg

mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Oct 11, 2010 - 08:51pm PT
Damn.

JesseM

Social climber
Yosemite
Oct 11, 2010 - 09:27pm PT
Sorry Klaus, I got interrupted mid-post, and didn't read yours before I posted. Thanks for the good info, answers my questions.

Jesse
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Oct 11, 2010 - 09:29pm PT
i rapped in there and found a bunch of wires, a transmitter battery, and a couple of stress gauges stuck in a crack, weird, spooked me out, then i based into the meadow and got the best taze of my life,

hey, we like to kid around on the ST from time to time,

plus, i bought two copies of the g stock book,


hey, when was the loma prieta earthquake?

cuz this weather is weird,


Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 11, 2010 - 09:33pm PT
Does it seem suspcious to anyone else that the rockfall occurred on the 11th, and that on the 12th there will be a talk about rockfall? The conspiracy theories around here are beyond absurd, but this is a situation where the "correlation does not equate to causation" mantra bears mention.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Oct 11, 2010 - 09:34pm PT
i think we better call in klimmer for this one,

calling all klimmers, calling all klimmers,

come in, klimmers,



for the record, (not the conspiricy show on kfjc with dave emory), for the record, the LP earthquake was oct 17,

so get yo power bars ready,

Lambone

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Oct 11, 2010 - 11:32pm PT
I can't imagine how scary that must have been up there.
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Oct 12, 2010 - 12:23am PT
^^^
Truely, the sound and vibration, must have been wicked.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Oct 12, 2010 - 09:38am PT
Here is a photo from Paul Gagner

El Cap Rockfall. PHOTO BY PAUL GAGNER
El Cap Rockfall. PHOTO BY PAUL GAGNER
Credit: Chris McNamara
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Oct 12, 2010 - 09:42am PT
HolyHairBall!

goneYAY got a good shot, eh?

FAK!

Glad he wasn't closer!

We always give him ten kinds of heat for being surgically connected to that frikken iPhone, but, in this case I guess it paid off!

DANG!

Wonder if they're still headin' up on ZM?

YIKES!

eKat
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Oct 12, 2010 - 10:00am PT
On Saturday morning I'll be discussing closing the Ahwahnee with Greg, got my helmet ready.


The evil one
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Oct 12, 2010 - 10:13am PT
Jeremy got to see the big thing from the base, WOO HOO!!

eKat they're headed up on Space first I believe.
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Oct 12, 2010 - 10:15am PT
FarmerBruce. . . there ya have it. . . JerOfMe FINALLY gets to the BigStone for something a little more solid than frikken MUD and they end up watching the Captain blow chunks?

:-)

TooFunny!

eKat
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