Photo TR: Steck-Salathe


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Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 7, 2007 - 11:18pm PT
Just keeping the photo-climbing-related momentum version of projectile photo-ing. Climbed in June of '95 with two of my favorite net-climbing-buddies.

North Face of Sentinel Rock

Somewhat unique perspective of Sentinel, shot from near the bottom of the descent gully.

Approaching up the last ramp to the base of the route.

Brutus about to enter the maw on the first pitch.

Brutus working that action on the Wilson Overhang.

Inez near the top of the sixth pitch.

Bruce on pitch seven.

The wicked wide crack pitch after doing the short rap off the left side of the Flying Buttress.

Starting the tenth pitch (face pitch)

Brutus in The Narrows. Tight fit!

Brutus on pitch thirteen. Probably about 8pm or so.

Brutus starts up the last pitch...we topped out at midnight.

Brutus and I had hiked to the top of Sentinel the day before to pick up some gear he'd had on top for doing some maintenance on the route. We dropped off all the bivy gear and food for the next night, gathered some wood, then hiked back down. What I didn't realize at the time was WHAT was in the food stash. After topping out at midnight, we celebrated with a box of wine, grilled prawns, mushroom rice, and grilled chicken boobs. Jeebus, it was a feast!! The next morning dawned beautiful blue and sunny. I wasn't even out of my bag when Brutus comes over and hands me a giant Mountain Dew.

In case anyone doesn't know it yet...Brutus Rulez!!!

Battered hands the next morning.

The awesome view back down to the Valley from the notch.

Achilles on the summit celebrating victory!

Brutus on the descent.

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:26pm PT
Thank you!
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:28pm PT
Good one!

Achilles on the summit celebrating victory!

Can a "package shot" be far behind???
the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:28pm PT
Baggy sweats were totally awesome.

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:31pm PT

thought that guy'd sworn off the valley

right here, right now
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:34pm PT
Good one again!
I'm frothing at the mouth,
Gotta git some mo ah dat.

Social climber
Land of Green Stretchy People
Mar 7, 2007 - 11:45pm PT
Great TR!

That one's on my list fer sure!

Now I gotta keep training on the Chimney and OW, and find a victim, err partner...

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 8, 2007 - 12:19am PT
zowie! thanks for the report... starting to get quite a photodocument of the Steck Salathe in taco land!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Mar 8, 2007 - 12:24am PT
Brutus does rule!

The stash of treats on top is pure Brutus too.

Topping out at Midnight on SS. Been there, done that and no treats to boot!



Trad climber
Mar 8, 2007 - 12:27am PT
I'm frothing in my wheelchair.
Maybe when they install a cable-car to the top for a TR...

Trad climber
Mar 8, 2007 - 12:35am PT
Been back at the car at midnight(Halloween night), but would have been much more enjoyable to have a stash on top and spent the night.

Trad climber
Mar 8, 2007 - 12:41am PT
thanks, forgot the narrows were that thin. Sweet tr.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2007 - 08:52am PT
The Narrows were another story of Brutus-generosity. I'm a big boy and the claustrophobic idea of trying to squiggle up into the Narrows and getting stuck didn't appeal to me at all. It didn't help that Brutus was telling me stories about some large friend of his that got jammed up in there and only managed to get through by screaming to the point that his chest cavity was completely drained and he could make progress an inch at a time. Plus, it was getting late and we needed to keep moving.

To solve the problem, Bruce led the Narrows pitch in about three minutes total. Once there, he pulled the rope up, tied some gear on the end and, after a few tries, managed to get it to swing back into the chimney outside the chockstones. I was free to climb to the outside and up from there. I still remember getting out there and doing this bizzare pirouette to get straightened out when I left the chimney. Salathé’s bolts were out there swinging in the breeze. Very cool.

Social climber
The West
Mar 8, 2007 - 10:33am PT
Cool beans!

That would be an awesome bivvy, but I'm way too lazy to make an extra trip.

However, if it was cheap enough I might pay to have a catered bivvy up there.
talk about impressing a date.

Trad climber
Mar 8, 2007 - 10:39am PT
Very fun. Thanks for posting up.

Mar 8, 2007 - 10:48am PT
I particularly enjoyed the pink and purple pants. Woohoo!


Trad climber
Mar 8, 2007 - 10:54am PT
Great TR,
I remember being so tired and beat at the top. If someone had handed me a Mountain Dew then I would have sworn everlasting fealty. You guys have style!

The City of Lost Angels
Mar 8, 2007 - 11:59am PT
Steel--That shot of the Valley from the Notch was incredibly beautiful, and Achilles on the summit was just Pure Art. Spectacular TR--thanks so much!

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Mar 8, 2007 - 12:09pm PT
I really really want to do this route. Thanks for the pics and write-up!


Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2007 - 01:11pm PT
It's pretty well known these days, but I'll reiterate...this was one of the burliest, physical routes I've ever done. I felt pretty beat up for most of the route. Not sure what would be good preparation, just be forewarned that this thing will pound you.

I've heard Yosemite Point Buttress is in the same vein as this route, but I haven't done that one. Funny how both of those completely burly-style crack routes were first done by Allen Steck, who I've seen dance up face routes without the slightest sign of effort. Plain truth...that dude could (and still does) send!
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