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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 31, 2006 - 11:40pm PT
Not really. I resized the photos and added some others. I hope that they are a little quicker to download for the people with land lines.

First pitch.


Second pitch.


Jugging fixed lines.


Third pitch.


Right hand variation.








The one and only ledge.




Virgin territory.


























Last pitch.



Who is going to get the coveted second ascent or even better the first free ascent of one of the most spectacular routes in the Valley?

Ken
Ouch!

climber
Jul 31, 2006 - 11:43pm PT
That's wild!
Jody

Mountain climber
Templeton, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00am PT
I'll have to go add this one to the index.
john hansen

climber
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:02am PT
where is that climb.. Royal Arches ,,naw? No clue
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2006 - 12:09am PT
John,

South Face of Half Dome. Beautiful rock.

Ken
john hansen

climber
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:11am PT
Ah..Makes sense . Is this really Snake Dike or a real first acent?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:27am PT
This route is a really creative line on the major south face of Half Dome. It is probably more than a thousand yards to the rt and around the corner from the trade route, Snake Dike, and a few hundred yards to the right of the Rowell-Harding South Face aid route. It follows a truly unique gigantic dike that squiggles and snarles its way up a very steep face for over a 1000 ft, defying other features on the principle back of Half Dome. And it has some points of aid, via bolts. Ken is conveying that, here is a spectacular climb, waiting to be climbed free, that he and Jim Campbell and Dave Schultz did 21 years ago. It is a gift to us, he is saying, go do it.
Jody

Mountain climber
Templeton, CA
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:47am PT
I'll get right on it.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2006 - 12:20pm PT
When we did the route I had just had major knee surgery five months previously. Schultz convinced me that the dike was huge and big enough that tourists walked down it from the top to take pictures. It turned out to be steeper than it looked and the dike was larger underneath than on top of it thereby casting a large shadow making the dike look bigger than it actually was. I could hardly use my left leg due to lack of mobility but, this worked out perfectly because most of the route leaned up and right and I didn't have to flex my left knee very much. I have never been so terrified on a route in my life.

Ken
handsome B

Gym climber
Saskatoon, Saskatchawan
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:30pm PT
"I have never been so terrified on a route in my life."

Not much of a salesman eh?







What is the aid like?
poop*ghost

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:37pm PT
Is that dike's edge as sharp as it looks?! I am tying to imagine a fall pulling your rope tight over that ginsu knife!!!

Baaaad ASS.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:40pm PT
These are the most inspiring climbing pictures I've seen.
Thanks for taking the time to post them.

So, how good do you think the bolts are now? 20-year-old 1/4" buttonheads...
I think I'd carry a kit.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:43pm PT
That thing looks rad.

Rating?
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2006 - 12:49pm PT
I remember the aid being about ten bolts in three or four short sections of A0. I followed one pitch with only one rope and all I could think about was if I fell the rope would rake accross the crystals and I would go plummetting to the base without touching rock. I climbed the rest of the route with double ropes. The route is protected for the leader and not set up for the follower. Dave kept sandbagging me by saying the next section was only 5.9 or 5.10 and after leaving the bolt and getting stuck he would say "Oh yeah there is a little 5.11 move or two and then it gets easier". By then I could not reverse the moves to the previous bolt and was forced to go for it. I am glad I did not fall.

Ken
Richard Large

climber
where you least expect
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:53pm PT
"I am glad I did not fall" Me too. Nice grimace on Shultzi's face -- I'll bet that was an easy drill stance!
Tahoe climber

climber
Texas to Tahoe
Aug 1, 2006 - 12:58pm PT
"How'd y'all get that rope up thar?"

Nice Pix.

-Aaron
Walleye

climber
Yosemite Valley
Aug 11, 2006 - 02:06am PT
"It was soooo scarey, I'd never go back"
The Iron Monkey
Walleye

climber
Yosemite Valley
Aug 11, 2006 - 02:18am PT
oh, by the way, in answer to Kens question about who is going to get the coveted second ascent of Karma, I rhetorically asked that same question on this forum in February or so and had no takers (in response to some dumb question about what good routes are left to do in Yosemite). Kudos to Ken for illuminating an important yet unknown route in the history of Yosemite climbing. It's sort of like Bacher's "Body & Soul" in Tuolumne. albeit "Body and Soul" is a much shorter route. Nobody actually talks about it much less does it (Body & Soul still awaits a coveted 3rd ascent), but Schultz is the only bad ass motherf*#ker to go try it. (Shipoopee nonewithstanding of course)...
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2006 - 04:23am PT
The South Face of Half Dome has the best rock I have ever seen in Yosemite. It is rarely travelled though I don't know why. It is not a place to be during poor weather and the approach is semi longish by Yosemite standards so that may be the reason. The location is awesome and serene. Saw a peregrine falcon fly upside down with a catch in its talons and pass the catch to its mate flying toward the delivery flying right side up. The mate then went to feed the kids. It was amazing. The falcon would perch every now and then on the rock near us as we were climbing and check us out while bobbing its head.

There are other prizes up there besides Karma as well.

Ken
Lambone

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Aug 11, 2006 - 05:06am PT
wow that rock looks crazy!
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