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anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 27, 2017 - 02:19pm PT
Just got a call from Pete - he witnessed a massive rockfall from high on Waterfall route on El Cap.
They are safe (Ryan, Patrick and Pete) but think they can see bodies at the base.
Pete said it looked like a sheet of rock about 100 feet square.

Check in on any friends in that area.



Pic Ryan Sheridan posted on FB



Holy f*#king shit!
Rollover

climber
Gross Vegas
Sep 27, 2017 - 02:25pm PT
Scary!
Hope no one is injured or worse.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Sep 27, 2017 - 02:26pm PT
That is enormous.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 27, 2017 - 02:29pm PT
Holy crap
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2017 - 02:30pm PT
Edit: Apparently someone walked out of the debris. Hopefully others are just injured.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 27, 2017 - 02:52pm PT
Glad Pete & friends are OK! Whew!
Scole

Trad climber
Zapopan
Sep 27, 2017 - 02:56pm PT
That part of el cap has seen a lot of rockfall over the years, but that is enormous. I hope the guys on the wall are are just seeing things other than bodies.
kingtut

Social climber
carmel, ca
Sep 27, 2017 - 03:03pm PT
Horry SH#T Batman...

Soooo hoping everyone is ok. :( :( :(.
velvet!

Trad climber
La Cochitaville
Sep 27, 2017 - 03:15pm PT
Safe wishes to the involved climbers and YOSAR team members <3
kalockwood

climber
Salt Lake City
Sep 27, 2017 - 03:23pm PT
Brad Gobright posted a photo on his Instagram story.
Brad Gobright posted a photo on his Instagram story.
Credit: kalockwood

Brad Gobright posted a photo on his Instagram story. Looks huge.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 27, 2017 - 03:25pm PT

Let's hope there are no bodies below this.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Sep 27, 2017 - 04:04pm PT
Looks like Eagle's Way lost a few pitches. It also looks like those big roofs at the top of the scar could indicate there's a lot more unsupported weight above.

Scary

I hope for the best on the ground
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 27, 2017 - 04:12pm PT
Yikes!
Hope no one was hurt or worse.
Tad
snakefoot

climber
Nor Cal
Sep 27, 2017 - 04:13pm PT
looks like some parts of the prophet might be gone as well. I always cringe when i see a large talus field and no glacier, comes from above every time.
mid section gone
mid section gone
Credit: supertopo
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Sep 27, 2017 - 04:14pm PT
whoa.

Hoping no one got seriously hurt.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 27, 2017 - 04:43pm PT
Fresno Bee has the same basic info as SFGate, CW.
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2017 - 04:45pm PT
Lots of stuff on Facebook right now.

I was supposed to climb this with Pete. Really f*#king scary sh#t right here guys.
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Sep 27, 2017 - 04:54pm PT
One report from FB says, "Massive rockfall on El Cap right now. Been going on and off for an hour now. Very active!"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/yosemite-ranger-rock-fall-strikes-famous-climbing-route/2017/09/27/5f270b6e-a3dc-11e7-b573-8ec86cdfe1ed_story.html

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Officials at Yosemite National Park in California say a chunk of rock broke off El Capitan along one of the world’s most famously scaled routes at the height of climbing season.

Ranger Scott Gediman said Wednesday that witnesses made multiple calls reporting the rock fall around 2 p.m. PDT. He estimates 30 or more climbers were on the wall at the time, but he could not confirm injuries or the size of the rock fall.

Gediman says the park’s helicopter is helping assess the damage.

The rock fall happened along the Waterfall route on El Capitan’s eastern buttress.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Sep 27, 2017 - 04:55pm PT
Wow, that looks exponentially bigger than the one on the west face.


Interested in hearing the details from gstock.


Both of these happening during otherwise prime climbing conditions is scary.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Sep 27, 2017 - 05:02pm PT
Anita,

Take it easy. The thing about El Capitan is that all of the climbing routes to its top follow lines of molecular weakness. It's the basic rule of geology that troubles millions of people and the value we place on flat earth while surrounded by valleys.

If you find yourself looking up at a route you want to climb, wait until the rain falls. You will see every weakness we climb, streaming water.
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