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Stephanie Bergner

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Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 30, 2012 - 01:57pm PT
North Chimney route on Castleton Tower in Moab. It was storming. I could feel the cold gusts of air and I could hear the rain but I was so deep in the chimney that I was completely protected from the elements. It was so surreal and cool.

Credit: Stephanie Bergner

Hardest chimney? Jimmy's chimney on the For Desert Rats Only route on one of the tombstones in Moab. I climbed so hard I almost puked. It was awesome.

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Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Apr 30, 2012 - 02:15pm PT
Those chimney pitches on Epinephrine are classic! You start off on some 5.9 OW, then you get to chimney for almost 2 full rope lengths. In some places it gets rather wide and rather run-out which certainly spices things up a bit!
crunch

Social climber
CO
Apr 30, 2012 - 02:17pm PT
This is a cool one, so cool it's.....it's.....







It's Cooler than Jesus!

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/cooler-than-jesus/105718447
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 30, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
I always loved the chimney names at Suicide, particularly Hot Buttered Rump and Flatman Chimney, but my favorite chimney climb will probably always be Church Bowl Chimney, because it was simultaneously my first Valley chimney, my first Valley lead, and my first Valley fifth class lead (even though I almost did it fourth class). At the time, I thought anything fifth class must be of tremendous difficulty, and surely only those of rarefied ability could do them. That climb made me realize that my mytholization (if that's a word) of Yosemite climbing might be in error, and that even I could participate in such an amazing sport.

The fact that all of this occurred on the day of the first moon landing in July of 1969 just added to the good memories.

John
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Apr 30, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
Certainly one of the ones that has a spectacular position (been up there and looked at, but never actually been in it). It's one of my favorite ones to look at:-)

Photo courtesy Dave Stewart and mp.com

Black Dagger
Black Dagger
Credit: ydpl8s
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Apr 30, 2012 - 02:51pm PT
Probably the chimney behind El Cap Spire on the Salathe' Wall.
Airy start but very easy, and there is even a crack for pro after awhile!

The first time I led it, I was looking down at the potential landing if I plunged, and spied a sleeping bag!
One of my partners had brought no bag, and had a cold night at the Alcove.
So he got to sleep much better the rest of the way up.
When we got down, one of my friends told me he saw a note/cartoon on the Camp 4 board about a lost sleeping bag on the Salathe'.
So we inquired at the site if they had a spare stuff sack for sale! :-)
The former owner was not around, so we just tossed the bag into their tent...

Second time up, we were behind 2 other parties, and they were scared of the chimney and led some bogus corner off to the right to avoid it.
Very strange - if you are not confident on chimneys, why would you even go up on the Salathe'?
starting the chimney behind El Cap Spire, Salathe' Wall
starting the chimney behind El Cap Spire, Salathe' Wall
Credit: Chris Chan
higher on the chimney behind El Cap Spire, it gets even easier and has...
higher on the chimney behind El Cap Spire, it gets even easier and has a crack for pro if you want it
Credit: Chris Chan
the late, great Chris Chan reaching El Cap Spire on the Salathe' Wall,...
the late, great Chris Chan reaching El Cap Spire on the Salathe' Wall, 2007
Credit: Clint Cummins
Stephanie Bergner

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Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2012 - 03:22pm PT
Crunch: How about that drive in though? It's a doozy!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Apr 30, 2012 - 03:25pm PT
The one behind the Spire is awesome. Great position. Isn't there some beautiful, clean 5.8 or .9 chimney up on the NW Face of Half Dome? You can see through to Direct route? That one is pretty cool.
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Apr 30, 2012 - 03:26pm PT
Hey John E., funny but I was also in the Valley when the first moon landing happened. I was in camp 6 and working at the Ahwanee also did my first roped climbs that summer.

Favorite Chimney? Goliath at suicide was a humbling experience. I still don't believe it's 5.7. After relating its difficulty to someone all they could say was "man you must really be out of shape." I wasn't.
MisterE

Social climber
Apr 30, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
The chimney on "The Pirate" (5.10d) at Cathedral Rocks in Sedona.

It's well protected and burly, and you end up overlooking the Mace at the top.

MisterT leading:



Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 30, 2012 - 03:46pm PT
Where: Narrows, Steck-Salathe.
Why: Because you've already finished the pitch before the narrows, and presumably lived through it.

Where: P1, Rostrum.
Why: Because it has a cool exit, it's easy, and you're about to embark on another 750' of the best crack route imaginable.

Where: P1, Middle Parallel Space, Vedauwoo.
Why: A bitchin perfect handcrack splits the front wall providing gear and feet, and you get to wrestle with some actual OW to access the chimney, but at a moderate grade.

Where: P1, DNB.
Why: Because it reminds you that 5.7 can still be hard and the old guys were tougher than you are.

JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 30, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
Nice post, El Cap!

I particularly appreciate your comments on the Narrows, since I, too, think the previous chimney is my personal crux, and the first pitch of DNB, because it reminds me that not all 5.7's were created equal.

John
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Apr 30, 2012 - 04:29pm PT
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"
:-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm
Stephanie Bergner

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2012 - 05:01pm PT
SOLD on Rostrum and that Sedona route.
moacman

Trad climber
Montana
Apr 30, 2012 - 05:20pm PT
Grillmair Chimneys on Mount Yamnuska, Bow Valley Alberta....You'll just have to climb it to find out why....

Stevo
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 30, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
Oh yeah, this one:


Photo credit Bryan G via Mtn Proj.

Where: Behind Short Circuit, The Valley.
Why: Protected, novel, cool hang.



Where: Heart of Darkness corridor, Joshua Tree.
Why: Because it's ridiculous, and you've probably just finished climbing Heart of Darkness which is fantastic.
Stephanie Bergner

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
I'm drooling, El Cap. And definitely not studying...
Stephanie Bergner

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2012 - 07:59pm PT
Honeymoon Chimney exit to offwidth for spectacular stemming.

Full Body Stem!
Full Body Stem!
Credit: Stephanie Bergner
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 30, 2012 - 08:04pm PT
Left side of Moby Dick for cragging, Lost Arrow Chimneys and Steck Salathe for multi pitch and Epinephrine if itīs one of your pussy days.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Apr 30, 2012 - 08:06pm PT
don't you have finals?

you know it's bad when thinking about chimneying is an improvement in your quality of life.
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