Half Dome Rockfall?

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johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 6, 2015 - 09:22am PT
I blame Le_Bruce, pictured here in the very act.

Burn him before he pulls off boot flake!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jul 6, 2015 - 09:24am PT
The park cervix should have chained the flake to the wall like the rocker block on Moonlight. Looks like there are plenty more flakes that need to be chained and pronto.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jul 6, 2015 - 09:26am PT
Can the date be narrowed down by ST folks who climbed the route in the last month? How could this possibly have happened without people noticing?

EDIT: I guess bad weather would have ensured no climbers on the route and night + storm could have made it not very obvious.
ClimbingRanger

Trad climber
Yosemite, CA
Jul 6, 2015 - 10:22am PT
Hey folks,

The Yosemite climbing management along with the park geologist are actively investigating the recent rockfall event on pitch 11 (it's disappearance) of the Regular Northwest Face on Half Dome. We will be evaluating it this afternoon from the ground and will be up at the base and on the route tomorrow to get a closer look.

We know that getting over to the anchors at the end of the Robbins Traverse is unlikely due to the routes current state. We recommend holding off on climbing the route until we have more information. As we gather more details we will keep the community updated here and on the Yosemite Climbing Information website.

http://www.climbingyosemite.com

If you have information about the event or questions, you can reach our office at 209-372-0360 or contact us from the website.

Thanks and be safe,

Brandon Latham
Climbing Ranger
Yosemite National Park
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 6, 2015 - 10:26am PT
Thanks for the update Brandon. Keep us posted.
JohnnyG

climber
Jul 6, 2015 - 11:15am PT
haha! I slept jammed into the bottom of that chimney once. Miserable night. Good riddance flake!

Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Jul 6, 2015 - 11:25am PT
That makes the third major feature I've climbed past that is gone.

Wiesner route at Seneca, the Gendarme, now this.

Fourth, if you count the rotten log.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jul 6, 2015 - 11:33am PT
ATTENTION

the route Tis-sa-sack has a lot of missing features :(

I climbed the route in 2001 and believe some features are missing!

can we get the park service to fix up that route while were on the subject!!!
Mongo88

Trad climber
Clinton,CT
Jul 6, 2015 - 11:51am PT
The Gendarme, the Rotten Log and The Old Man of the Mountain, too
martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
Jul 6, 2015 - 12:17pm PT
I haven't climbed the NWF since 1976 or something. When I did it I led a pitch called the Robbins Chimney? Is this correct and is it still there? It was a pain in the ass 5.9 squeeze as I remember.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 6, 2015 - 12:39pm PT
Honestly- some jobs in Yos are a giant waste of resources

I'm guessing you have not had much experience with our guberment.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Jul 6, 2015 - 12:55pm PT
Glad I did this route a few years ago with my son, since I wouldn't go back.
I did an early ascent of the Direct NWF, back in 1972, with John Bouchard, and we experienced an enormous rockfall, below us, around 11 PM. We were perched on a ledge, below the visor, and we thought the whole cliff was coming down.

Each time I've been up there, there has been stuff coming off, and I consider the place kind of spooky.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 6, 2015 - 12:59pm PT
Each time I've been up there, there has been stuff coming off, and I consider the place kind of spooky.

Me, too, Steve. Galen Rowell told me in 1971 (before my first journey there) that he thought it was one of the most active faces in the Park.

John
MattF

Trad climber
Bend, Or
Jul 6, 2015 - 01:03pm PT
I just did the route last spring, and I was thinking of trying to go back and get a free ascent at some point. I was curious exactly what was missing now, so I tried as best as I could to match up the pictures with the Supertopo from the Big Walls 3rd edition I have. Here's my best guess on how much of the route is actually gone based on the topo:

Just a guess.
Just a guess.
Credit: MattF
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Jul 6, 2015 - 01:09pm PT
Imagine being in the midst of the tunnel through when the rock starts a subsonic sighing...

So le_bruce, are you still going to rope-gun me up this thing some day? Bivy at the base? And no more using your superhuman strength to make those blocks loose!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jul 6, 2015 - 01:13pm PT
Seriously, a little Sugru and epoxy and the face will be good as knew.
wayne burleson

climber
Amherst, MA
Jul 6, 2015 - 01:15pm PT
Climbed it on June 4, 2015 and all seemed well...
Kofi Donny Annan

climber
darkest of africa
Jul 6, 2015 - 01:24pm PT
any chance we've all been trolled? if ya, Juan De Fuca is cracking up in heaven
PellucidWombat

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
Jul 6, 2015 - 01:48pm PT
I have. Here's my best guess on how much of the route is actually gone based on the topo:

Yeah, you can still see that corner, but the tension traverse to the start of the 5.7 chimney goes nowhere now! That chimney empties into air.

All of this is gone - you can see how the flake probably burst out about here based on the horizontal crack splitting the apex of the spreading. Nasty P-delta effects going on here. The outward sloping bits above would have fallen right off. You can see some of the remnants above still hanging in the latest photos, though ...



It looks like the entire outer flake on the right fell off, fracturing from the face somewhere just above the tension traverse:

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jul 6, 2015 - 02:13pm PT
I climbed the route in 2001 and believe some features are missing!

can we get the park service to fix up that route while were on the subject!!!

Son you'd best stay down from there until the climbing rangers assess the dangers and repair the broken route!

You could die!

DMT
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