Huge Rockfall - West Face of El Cap

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Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Sep 18, 2017 - 06:55am PT
Hah, Jim, good point, although certainly many hundreds have done the climbs since I did them. Still, I can now say, "Well, when I did that climb, it was much different, far more aesthetic, better in every way. Too bad about that rockfall that changed it forever...." Gotta work on my old guy, snide commentary. The Smoking Duck has turned it into an art form.

BAd
Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Sep 18, 2017 - 10:30am PT
That's a huge bummer. I'd done the first 2/3 of the route only to get blasted off by a storm. Never got a chance to go back...

Any photos of the base area?
elle_no

climber
Bay Area, CA
Sep 18, 2017 - 12:50pm PT
Is there any more info on this? I can't find anything about anywhere online.

VERY glad to hear no one was hurt, let alone killed!
Crazy Bat

Sport climber
Birmingham, AL & Seweanee, TN
Sep 19, 2017 - 06:48am PT
I guess we will have to wait for a post about pass the petons pete getting stuck on the wall again to find out more about this rockfall.
rwedgee

Ice climber
CA
Sep 19, 2017 - 08:19am PT
Nobody on this forum climbs anymore
WBraun

climber
Sep 19, 2017 - 08:22am PT
Quit crying like girls,

The rockfall didn't do sh!t on your precious little rock.

You people are such wankers ....
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 19, 2017 - 08:31am PT
Nobody on this forum climbs anymore

speak for yourself...
...I'll try to get some comparison together in the next couple of weeks...

I don't know where the idea that rock fall doesn't happen came from, it is happening all the time. Anyone whose spent real time in the Valley is aware of the changes that are occurring.

Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Sep 19, 2017 - 09:00am PT
The description of this sounds like there's a ton of crap up on the wall at Thanksgiving ledge. That ton of crap would be poised to fall down on a climber. So for those of us who did give the route a go in 2015 and were hoping to go back this fall/next spring, it's a bit concerning.

Is this Rixon's-Pinnacle/Koko Ledge-like rock fall (keep out) or is it run-of-the-mill Middle Cathedral (happens all the time)? I don't recall 2' of new talus periodically appearing at the base of MCR.
couchmaster

climber
Sep 19, 2017 - 02:43pm PT
Wbraun quote:
"Quit crying like girls,

The rockfall didn't do sh!t on your precious little rock.

You people are such wankers .... "


Haha! ^^ Too funny Werner. ^^ Meantime get yer ass off the net and over there to get some photo shots of the rockfall up will ya? Hopefully this gives folks some alternative ideas to work on till we see photos.




D2R2

Sport climber
Earth
Sep 19, 2017 - 03:25pm PT
Cant we dramatize it like fake news for the candy eaters.

It was gnarly, trees splintered, rocks flying through the air, hordes of people everywhere, miraculously no one was killed! The forest will take eons to recover from this devastation! The El Capitan will never be the same even though you cant even see El Capitan from over there. Hordes of silver fish, DEAD, I cant even believe the park is still open!
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Sep 19, 2017 - 04:21pm PT
^^^
Science says there is a strong link to climate change; too hot, too wet, too gnarly! It's expanding the rocks like an atomic broom and bringing El Capitan to his knees.

You can thank America.

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 19, 2017 - 05:18pm PT
Can't we dramatize it like fake news for the candy eaters?

In the parlance of geology, gnarly is a fairly recent term, but is gaining acceptance, especially among Millennials.

Lithomorphic ecdysis has claim to be one of the fastest-growing branches of geology, also, according to this article I saw in Rock and Eyes magazine.

National Lithographic says the same in one of their recent issues, if I'm not mistaken, which has happened, believe it or not. (And the time that it did, the sh!t really came down.)

But things move very slowly in geologic time, so just give it a rest and mellow out and there will be a Stock Report soon, surely.

Oh, and America thanks YOU, Dingus, for the metaphor!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 19, 2017 - 05:27pm PT
You Valley prancers need to get into some real mountains more often where it's news if there isn't rockfall. :-/
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 19, 2017 - 05:31pm PT
Reilly, you have THE BEST ROCKFALL PICTURE OF ALL TIME. You know the one.
Inner City

Trad climber
Portland, OR
Sep 19, 2017 - 06:02pm PT
R2Driffic
That was hilarious!
Petch

Gym climber
knapsack crack
Sep 19, 2017 - 09:11pm PT
Quit crying like girls,


No sexism here

Doesn't sound like a yogi to me

Love
Proud father of a Girl
ec

climber
ca
Sep 20, 2017 - 06:46am PT
from the Sierra
from the Sierra
Credit: R. Swafford, ec collection
erik griffith

Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
Sep 20, 2017 - 08:54am PT
Climbed route day after rockfall. (Yes I know, yrr gonna die. Aren't well all)
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. All anchors and route are still intact and unharmed by the rock fall. Climbers left of the wall was completely peppered and the gully itself seems pretty unstable. Sounds of silt and granite shifting all day below us. We found the huge block that had stopped on Thanksgiving ledge and made the easy 4th class traverse a little trickier to navigate. The feeling of being over there was definitely one of high caution and felt like we entered no man's land. I'd be careful going over there, and probably won't be treading on that side for some time. The route still goes and didn't seem to have any damage besides dusty holds. For how stable the big rock clinging on thx giving ledge, I have no idea.. could be there for the next 1000 years or 10 days. Thankfully it stayed put as we climbed under, on, and around it.
gstock

climber
Yosemite Valley
Sep 20, 2017 - 04:25pm PT
14 September 2017 El Capitan West Face rockfall overview
14 September 2017 El Capitan West Face rockfall overview
Credit: gstock

West Face rockfall source before &#40;left&#41; and after &#40;right&#...
West Face rockfall source before (left) and after (right), and impact area on Thanksgiving Ledge
Credit: gstock

West Face rockfall source before &#40;left&#41; and after &#40;right&#41;
West Face rockfall source before (left) and after (right)
Credit: gstock

D2R2

Sport climber
Earth
Sep 20, 2017 - 04:37pm PT
That's cool! And NOT fake news!
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