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James

climber
My twin brother's laundry room
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 19, 2011 - 09:50pm PT
The third ascent was made today- BOOM!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:10pm PT
cool!

details?
jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:23pm PT
Haha. A flair for the dramatic! Nice post. :)

Must have been Honnold. He's the only guy crazy enough to do this stuff, right?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:25pm PT
good going Boom!
hoipolloi

climber
A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:27pm PT
Nice work James. Didn't realize you slab climbed so much. sick.
kevin newell

Trad climber
mercer island, wa
Oct 19, 2011 - 10:43pm PT
With mikey? Sweet!
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 20, 2011 - 01:54am PT
Specifics? Please . . .
Scole

Trad climber
San Diego
Oct 20, 2011 - 12:47pm PT
The bolts were 1/4' tapers on the F.A. I heard many of them were replaced on the 2nd. We didn't have enough hangers for all of the bolts, plus it was easier to stand on the bare studs when "freeing" the moves.

It would be impressive if there had been a 2nd free ascent after only 30 some years. What shoes/rubber were used?
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Oct 20, 2011 - 01:27pm PT
Wow, nice send!
mikeyschaefer

climber
Yosemite
Oct 20, 2011 - 02:56pm PT
Kevin- unfortunately it wasn't me up there... though its on the list.

And I'm pretty sure it was indeed Honnold. Sounds like the bolts were pretty old up high with possibly some missing. Yikes.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Oct 20, 2011 - 03:31pm PT
Would love to hear some details. With whom did Hondo partner?

After 3 ascents, maybe some consensus on grades?
jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Oct 20, 2011 - 09:39pm PT
"Onsighted all but the crux pitch. Did the first 9 one day, then rapped. The came back and climbed the whole route in a day. Heinous slab climbing. . . but kinda awesome too."

 Alex Honnold's words from http://www.8a.nu/?IncPage=http%3A//www.8a.nu/scorecard/AscentList.aspx%3FUserId%3D7653%26AscentType%3D0%26AscentClass%3D0%26AscentListTimeInterval%3D1%26AscentListViewType%3D0%253Cbr%2520/%253E
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 21, 2011 - 12:06am PT
According to the Font scale, 7B+ is equivalent to 5.13b/c YDS. But perhaps he's using a different scale? That he didn't on sight the Unfinished 9th pitch says a lot.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 21, 2011 - 12:08am PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/219262/Difficulty-of-Slab-Climbs
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 21, 2011 - 12:30am PT
Here is an email from Alex, describing the current condition of the bolts.
We were trying to arrange the bolt replacement (which Alex calls "retro").
Roger and I will try to refurbish it next summer, by coming in from the top;
in the meantime it's chalked and ready to climb!

------


As it turns out I went up there yesterday with my girlfriend [she jugged, it
was a nice learner wall] and sent the thing before I checked my email. So
now I'm not nearly as motivated to retro bolt it, thought it does need a
little bit of love.

But in case you guys ever decide to go up there, here's the whole deal:

First few pitches are awesome ASCA bolts.
Then the pitch that breaks left into the "springtime dry variation" has
crushed hangars because the roof that's shown on the topo on the Spring dry
pitch has fallen off. The topo shows climbing over a little roof/corner
thing with a bolt on it - that whole section of the mountain seems to have
fallen down [no more bolt but fresh scars] and smashed the pitch below it.
Doesn't really matter, doesn't effect the grade or safety - you can thread
the crushed hangars with nuts and place natural gear through the scar.

The main safety issue is that the Steel wall pitch is missing the bolt that
protects the crux. I don't like to be over dramatic, but I was really
scared. You can see where the old 1/4 bolt sheared. I was gripped. It's run
out.

Above that is all old 1/4 inchers [some falling out, spinning hangers, etc]
until you get to the Hang Bivy which has been retroed with 3/8s [except one
of them has been smashed and isn't clippable]

Above that is all old 1/4 [again, some falling out, missing hangars, etc -
but all usable and fairly safe feeling] until you get to pitch 12 I think,
then some new 1/4ers start to make an appearance. I was so psyched to see
the new 1/4ers. Then from there to the top it's all pretty reasonable,
except that the anchor on 14 is total bullsh#t. Old 1/4ers with homemade
looking hangers that look dangerous to me.

We simul rapped the route so we left slings and biners on a bunch of the
anchors. Well, all the anchors I think. We rapped from the top of 15, like
it shows on the topo. I sort of wanted to climb the last pitch and go to the
top but with Stacey jugging and limited gear it seemed kinda epic.

It's an amazing route, such a testament to that kind of old school style.
Pretty exciting but never really dangerous.
It's super chalky right now if you want to check it out. Good to go until
the next rain!

Feel free to spread this report to anyone who cares. More people should
climb the route, and people shouldn't be intimidated by the bolting [except
the missing one, which is kinda messed up]. Even though they're old and
shitty it's still pretty reasonable.

Hahah oh I just remembered that one of the anchor bolts on 11 or 12 fell
out, so that's kinda messed up too. But still, it's kinda ok.

Hope you head up there some day. It's amazing. As the wall steepens it gets
more featured and fun to climb. I was so psyched for all the little crimps
instead of just blank glassy smearing.

--------------
jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Oct 21, 2011 - 12:48am PT
Wow... I can't even imagine...


Thanks, Clint!
Sick_Tom

climber
Bishop
Oct 21, 2011 - 12:52am PT
7b+ = 5.12c
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Oct 21, 2011 - 01:08am PT
"Above that is all old 1/4 [again, some falling out, missing hangars, etc -
but all usable and fairly safe feeling"

Hah!

Fairly safe feeling?

This from the guy who soloed HD Regular Route, Phoenix, Heaven Etc, Etc..... Classic!




Never really got into the Apron groove myself, but sounds like a killer route, worthy of a full bolt upgrade. Quite a job, even if Werner gets ok to power drill...

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 21, 2011 - 03:35am PT
hey there say, all...

interesting share... :)

*course, i don't understand all of the tech stuff, but thanks
for sharing, :)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 21, 2011 - 07:28pm PT
What shoes?
Lighter fluid?
ghostfromthepast

Social climber
oakhurst ca
Nov 3, 2011 - 10:36am PT
First Descent From The Rim.
Clint Cummins and I went on Sunday and rappelled the route from the rim. anchors from pitch six and up all have a new 3/8 bolt on them. we also replaced the missing bolt on the steel wall pitch. There is much more work to be done, the anchor on top of P5 is missing entirely. the bolts on P7 are shaky. It got dark on us at P7 so I could not see the full condition of the lower part Of P6 or 5and 4. We are hoping to have it all rebolted by next fall. So if you want the hoobly 1/4" experience that Alex got you will have to act fast. good luck, Chris
Matt M

Trad climber
Alamo City
Nov 3, 2011 - 10:44am PT
Pretty sure this isn't the 3rd ascent. A roommate of mine about 10 years ago said he did it in the late 90s I think. I won't throw a name out since I could be mistaken but will drop an email to him and see what the story is. He called it a "career highlight" and described climbing with different shoes on each foot for some crux pitches.

Awesome it's getting some more attention though! Way to go after EVERYTHING Alex!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Nov 3, 2011 - 12:19pm PT
Thanks to Clint and Chris for the rehab work!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 6, 2011 - 08:36pm PT

If you ever wondered exactly where Hall of Mirrors goes on the Apron, this should show you.
So many hard pitches up there, and p13 is especially beautiful/impressive!

It was a great adventure day trip up there on October 30 with Chris.
As Chris mentioned above, we replaced/placed new stainless 3/8" bolts with single ring hangers at each anchor 6 to 16 (all courtesy of ASCA or borrowed from the boxes Bob Steed bought last year, plus 3 of Chris's), and Chris replaced the Steel Wall p6 crux bolt in the dark.
Here's my photo trip report:
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Hall-of-Mirrors-rebolting-October-30-2011/t11249n.html

Matt M:
Please post up the details if you get them (you also mentioned this in the 2008 thread).
If your roommate was Jonny Woodward or John Bercaw, that was the 2nd ascent in 1992.
The info I have on repeats is here:
http://www.stanford.edu/%7Eclint/yos/longhf.htm#apron

Or see the more complete 2008 thread on Hall of Mirrors:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/527185/hall-of-mirrors
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Nov 7, 2011 - 12:45pm PT
wonderful accomplishment!



...

(brings back memories)

i wonder about our old 1/4" bolts on The Smile?

Kamps and i were planning to push on up the right side of Perhaps and then on up to the rim, but ran out of daylight and never got back to it

...

also wondering about rappel bolts on the left side of Goodrich?

there are some small ledges there, to the right of your pitch 3 number; where Jim Baldwin and i were hanging on two 1/4" bolts; and he threw a horror show temper tantrum about hung-up rappel ropes; and i had to hand-over-hand at dusk up a single stuck 5/16" goldline rope to free it...twice

Jim Baldwin and i did that route on the left side of Goodrich on the day before he was killed on the East Face of Washington Column. i declined the invitation to do that with him; but Royal was recommending we go back and do the right side of Goodrich in a couple of days

...

Clint, are you able to extend your photo composite over towards Coonyard?


photos taken 9/18/11 hiking to Half Dome for my son's birthday:

Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 8, 2011 - 01:40am PT
Tom,

> i wonder about our old 1/4" bolts on The Smile?

Roger replaced them in 2009.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/912351/Bolt-replacement-2009
(includes a couple of my photos, climbing The Smile in May 2009 and replacing a couple of the bolts).

> Kamps and i were planning to push on up the right side of Perhaps and then on up to the rim, but ran out of daylight and never got back to it

That first pitch off The Smile is quite steep and blank for a few moves (5.11b friction).

> also wondering about rappel bolts on the left side of Goodrich?

They were old when I last used them, but Roger should have replaced them in 2009. The last report I heard said maybe some were gone, but there was a gap between anchors where you downclimb 3rd/4th class. So I'm not sure at present what their state is. It is always the way I've rapped from Goodrich. Last time I climbed out via Galactic Hitchhiker, though.

> Clint, are you able to extend your photo composite over towards Coonyard?

Yes. All those composites are from xRez:
http://www.xrez.com/yose_proj/yose_deepzoom/index.html
For the Apron, I use the view from the top of Half Dome.
Here you go:


Do you think the Sacherer-Cochrane Direct followed the left-leaning, left-facing corners above Coonyard?
Matt M

Trad climber
Alamo City
Nov 8, 2011 - 05:35pm PT
Matt M:
Please post up the details if you get them (you also mentioned this in the 2008 thread).
If your roommate was Jonny Woodward or John Bercaw, that was the 2nd ascent in 1992.
The info I have on repeats is here:

Clint,

My buddy prefers not to put a name out there. Not a huge fan of publicity or more so, internet forums. I take him at as his word though.

That said he did provide this:

I assumed several others had done it before me based on the various colors of fixed webbing left all the way up it.
I know several others who have done it up to pitch 10.

I also recall him talking about wearing both a smearing shoe and edging shoe for the mostly sideways crux pitch. I can only assume he means pitch 9. He described it as climbing up and sideways all the while "falling". If you stopped moving you would come off.

He also brought up the question of if that rock fall had changed the lower pitches at all such that AH's ascent would be a FA of the altered route? Any signs of significant change?

MM
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 9, 2011 - 02:03am PT
Matt,

Thanks for what you were able to tell us.
Too bad he doesn't want to use his name; that makes it harder to keep a history, but maybe few care.
Got a month/year for the ascent, though? I think you said late 90s.
Any description from him on what the 13th was like?
Did he lead everything and partner used ascenders?

Personally, I don't think different colors of webbing implies different people climbed it. For example, I brought booty slings with me to leave. Most of them were different colors.

The rockfall of 5/2009 appears to have removed some bolts, like the crux bolt on p6 (Steel Wall), and the anchor at (5). So Alex climbed via the Springtime Dry Variation. I don't think missing the original p4, p5 is significant in terms of repeating the route, as all the hardest pitches are on p8 and higher. But they are classic friction pitches, often done in the 80s to The Hang, and their bolts will be restored.

 Clint
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Nov 9, 2011 - 03:21am PT
Assuming somebody did the route with MattM's mystery man - maybe he'd be willing to talk about it. Except for wearing 2 different types of shoes (which sounds effective) the story seems a little fishy the way it has been presented so far.
henny

Social climber
The Past
Nov 9, 2011 - 11:12am PT
Coz,

JW is of the opinion that the 9th is the crux. It seems that Alex implied the same.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Nov 11, 2011 - 06:31pm PT
Coz-

All who have done the entire route say that the "Unfinished Ninth" is the crux pitch. But there are so many variables like heat and the friction co-efficient of different kinds of rubber. But the consensus seems to be that the 9th pitch is the hardest on the route. JW told Al Dude that it was, yes, .13. But I bet there aren't that many hard friction pitches out there to compare it to. It does seem that if you can "stick" the 9th, you can certainly do all the rest.

"Too soon old, too late smart"
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 11, 2011 - 07:14pm PT
If the testing goes well,
on this rubber, ANYONE n00b climber will be able to do the Hall of Mirrors route. :)

Scroll halfway down the page to the 5.10 section

http://www.dpmclimbing.com/articles/view/outdoor-retailer-trade-show-winter-2011-wrap
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Nov 12, 2011 - 03:08pm PT
Only one problem with that, Cosmic, is that sticky rubber has a tendency to "ball up" on glacier polish and in the process, roll off. Can't really say for certain until you take a pair of shoes with that rubber up there. If the temps are too high, sticky rubber will start to slide down the face, resulting in little bits of rubber tearing off and functioning like ball bearings under your feet. The rubber on Contacts was great to smear with on the lower pitches, but on the upper pitches of the H of M they didn't edge that well. However, if the rock is dry, clean and cool, this new rubber might be amazing.

Time for some field trials!
Roger Brown

climber
Oceano, California
Jul 3, 2012 - 01:00pm PT
The bolt replacement on the "Hall of Mirrors" was completed yesterday. We still have ropes fixed to the top of the 13th pitch. We will leave the ropes in place for probably another week. All the ropes except one are dynamic. The ropes are kinda snug anchor to anchor so they don't get blown around. Feel free to Mini-Trax or whatever, just leave the ropes as snug you found them when you are done.
Roger
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 4, 2012 - 10:10pm PT
Great work Roger and thanks for your ongoing efforts.
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 5, 2012 - 04:18pm PT

Bumpity bump for a classic test piece !
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 5, 2012 - 05:19pm PT
Now there is a 5.12 the free soloists aren't lining up for!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 5, 2012 - 05:32pm PT
Nice work, Roger.

John
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Oct 18, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
Bump!

Anyone get on this thing? Stories of recent ascents? Failures? Bailures?
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 18, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
It's pretty easy to just go over there and check it out.
15 minute walk to the base.
The first pitch is glassy and runout - you can see all the bolts,
so you can see what it's like.
If it looks good, try it.
If you get stopped, no big deal, you just rap down the route.
If you are not sure about your slab skills, try something easier first,
like Sailin' Shoes.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 3, 2014 - 12:34am PT
It would be big fun if Woodward and Honnold would chime in and compare notes on the "hardest Grade VI in the world."
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 3, 2014 - 10:33am PT
Anyone get on this thing? Stories of recent ascents? Failures? Bailures?



Around 1984 I swapped leads on the first five pitches with an exceptional face climber/ranger (at the time) from Devils Tower named Lynn Wolfe. When it became my turn to lead the first 5.11 pitch (at the time, P5) I hucked off twice; the second time losing my glasses and getting the wind knocked out of me in a backwards tumbling fall when my foot slid into a bolt; this after maybe 340+ feet of sustained climbing with far too few bolts. We retreated shortly afterwards, and I still consider that one of my climbing high points and finer on-sights, due to the poor/scant conditions of the bolts and the commitment required.

We were both wearing Boreal Fires at the time.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jan 3, 2014 - 10:40am PT
It would be big fun if Woodward and Honnold would chime in and compare notes on the "hardest Grade VI in the world."


You mean the Dawn Wall?

Kidding, back to HOM,


Actually, I've got some notes for the first few pitches. The first two are killer .10d's, kicked my ass. Then we hit a run-out .10a pitch that was wet and I caught Rubine three times, takin' 50+ whippers. I pulled in handfulls of rope so he wouldn't swing through the belay. But my notes end there.
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