What was your first climb in Yosemite Valley?


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SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab or In What Time Zone Am I?
Apr 11, 2015 - 10:26am PT
Aunt Fanny's Pantry


Gym climber
Apr 11, 2015 - 11:01am PT
Late '70s, The Cow center (5.5).

I was in a climbing class from Sonoma State, Marty Garrison was our teacher, and Lars Holbeck assisted with some of the classes!

My first lead was After Seven, and I froze for 20 minutes making the right step-across. Marty was, like, "I've been up there, that foothold isn't small..."
Big Mike

Trad climber
Apr 11, 2015 - 11:35am PT
Jamcrack, Sunnyside Bench

I loved every minute of it. Super fun climb.

My first trip to the valley was really special. I was with good friends and discovering this magical place for the first time. Relic had tons of beta and we got lots of climbing done. It was rad to hang with Luke and Ais in the Valley too.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Apr 11, 2015 - 11:45am PT
Regular route, Mt Starr King, with the Carlmont YMCA Alpine Club in October 1961 (if you count Starr King as being in Yo Valley, that is). Otherwise, I soloed some obscure 5.5 pinnacle in Sentinel Gulley while staying with my parents at Yosemite Lodge during the summer of 1962. Remember getting my legs all scratched up in the manzanita.
the Fet

Apr 11, 2015 - 12:04pm PT
I don't even know! I went to the valley with some skier friends and they got me on a 5.10 TR that I clawed my way up in wrestling shoes. Later I returned after buying all the gear and led Munginella as my second or third lead ever. A great first climb!
Mark Force

Trad climber
Cave Creek, AZ
Apr 11, 2015 - 01:53pm PT
Another vote for The Cow, left side (1974).


Trad climber
Spokane, WA
Apr 11, 2015 - 02:00pm PT
After Six. June 1969. With Hugh Mays of the Loma Prieta RCS. Then we did Point Beyond and Harry Daley.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Apr 11, 2015 - 02:35pm PT
Royal Arches
Then over the next week and a half
Snake Dike
East Butt Middle Cathedral
Reg route on Fairview Dome

And numerous shorter routes in-between.
Really good times.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Apr 11, 2015 - 03:05pm PT
nutcracker. only took about 8 hours.
about half the people in front of us at the belay atop pitch 2

Trad climber
Apr 11, 2015 - 04:10pm PT
Did I post to this thread before?

Royal Arches. Pulled into the valley super late the previous night. Jumped on that thing in the morning. Spent the night in caves above northdome gully in sub-freezing temps. :) First yos route and first bivy. 1976. Oh yea.... and I stayed on in the valley when all my buddies returned to school (Portland State) at the end of spring break. Beginning of a ten year dirt bagging odyssey before I finally grew up. :)

Apr 11, 2015 - 05:08pm PT
I don't see any blood.

The knot is coming untied.

Quick grab the rope ..... :-)

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Apr 11, 2015 - 05:18pm PT
I think it was After Six with Mark Blanchard but could have been a pre-Porter ascent of the Shield.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 11, 2015 - 05:47pm PT
Point Beyond Direct, 5.8
1978, a couple of months after graduating from high school, with some random stranger from Camp 4
It was the start of the greatest adventure of my life

I had been to the Valley a few months before to climb, but I was so overwhelmed with the size of the walls that I walked around for a few hours with my mouth hanging open and then went home with my tail between my legs. Didn't even touch the rock. Humbling experience. I returned to Yosemite after a summer climbing in the Sierras and started climbing regularly there.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Apr 11, 2015 - 06:22pm PT
Braille Book

First and last time I climbed a route that had another party on it. That really stresses me out for some reason, can't handle it...

Trad climber
Hoodland, Oregon
Apr 11, 2015 - 06:44pm PT
First climb in Yosemite was Royal Arches in 1976. Spring break at Portland State Outdoor Program and we drove all night in the State of Oregon van. Jumped on the climb next morning and finished in the dark with the valley lights glistening below us. Bivied in a cave where we built a fire after retreating from a North Dome Gully night descent. Wow, Rockermike, it sounds like you might have been my partner?

Apr 11, 2015 - 06:50pm PT
Iron Hawk

Trad climber
Apr 11, 2015 - 07:12pm PT
Pine line.

The plan was to do snake dike the day after we rolled into the valley. The day we got there we were just going to wander around and not climb anything and we ended up at the base of the nose. We saw pine line and then went back to the car to see if it was in the guide book and came back with gear. Pine line went great and so did snake dike, even through snake dike started the first of many all day (and a little night) Yosemite adventures.

Trad climber
Marcus McCoy from somewhere over the rainbow...
Apr 11, 2015 - 08:47pm PT
Hanging Flake at Swan Slab. Everything is a little different, I suppose, when you don't have a mentor and you are basically an "advanced beginner". I did manage to lead Church Bowl Tree by the end of the week though.
Flip Flop

salad bowl, california
Apr 11, 2015 - 10:40pm PT
It's rad that you have that picture. Rowdy x3
Dave Davis

Social climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 11, 2015 - 11:31pm PT
1970 Had to go to the base of The Captain first and struggle up La Cosita and the left side of Little John. Was overwhelmed by the beauty of the place and in awe of El Cap.
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