Yosemite Big Wall FA Topos - Version 1 - Looking for Topos


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 3, 2011 - 02:21pm PT
I am putting together a collection of Yosemite Big Wall FA Topos. This started a decade ago with the Obscurities. Now I want to just have an updated collection of all the FA topos.

You can download a 4.6mb PDF of what I have so far right here

This is the pre release version:
 not all topos are here yet
 they are not in perfect order
 not all the bookmarks are in the pdf yet

But i am putting this up just to get the word out there and hopefully collect a few more topos.

If you have big wall first ascent topo please email me!

I added in the Low Impact climbing to the end because I mad the BIG mistake of not having it in Big Walls 3!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jun 24, 2011 - 03:12pm PT
awesome, thanks
Double D

Jun 24, 2011 - 03:26pm PT
I thought this was pretty funny when Randy Leavitt mentioned one day while surfing that he still had the original S.O.D. topo I wrote for him 30+ years prior. We (Jim, Dale and I)made a pact that there would be no "drawn" topos, so this is what I'm bringing to the game.

Original Sea of Dreams Topo

Jun 24, 2011 - 06:05pm PT
Bump for Double D SOD 'topo.'

Jun 25, 2011 - 12:27am PT
Good stuff Double D, keepin it simple.
The Warbler

the edge of America
Jun 25, 2011 - 12:40am PT
What's a "Big Wall" Chris?

Monument Manor
Jun 25, 2011 - 04:14am PT
Link for pdf please...

edit - thanx

gross vegas
Feb 25, 2012 - 04:04pm PT
Jeezus! Amazing piece of history Double D!! I need a f*#king telescope to see whole sections of this route!! ..arguably the most nervewracking climb in the world when it was put up..
Dale Bard was quoted as saying he "was on fire" in 1977-1978.. I GUESS.. sheesh.. according to their topo he led SEVEN A5 pitches when it was his lead...CONSECTUTIVELY!!! HOLY FRAZZLEFEST!!! And DD and JB had seriously nasty pitches also!..what a f*#kin dream team!!

Soon after the SOD FA, Alan Bard inquired to Jim Bridwell in El Cap meadow regarding the subtle passage though a particularly blank section of the route..

The two squinted up and eyed the section for a while..

Finally, Bridwell exhales quietly, "I'm not quite sure"...

Hmmm..Pitch 4.."several one blow pins"

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 25, 2012 - 04:06pm PT

Awesome, Chris!!! More climbing!!!!

gross vegas
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
Great piece of history Eric! Who gave you that???

Thanks for posting up..
For what it's worth, you probably have THE most prolific bigwall FA resume... EVER!

Trad climber
Feb 26, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
Awesome thread. Like rummaging through an old foot-locker of Bigwall Heroes of The Past.
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