Raining In Yosemite: A Kaukulator TR


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A tent in the redwoods
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 31, 2007 - 09:22pm PT
Before dawn yesterday morning the rain was pouring in Chinese Camp. Thunder, lightning, heavy pellets of rain- it was a full on storm. When John and I left for the Valley, the roads were wet and the clouds were still hovering over the ditch. We got to the base of Lower Cathedral to look at Beggar's Buttress. We turned around quickly when we felt more rain.

The guide book boasts that Kaukulator stays dry in a light rain, so we hiked down to the overhanging splitter and booted up. John grabbed the rack and attacked the route, cruising through the 5.11 down low. He moved steadily for another forty feet til he hit a bit of wide. "10c offwidth" is what the book says. Hard is an understatement. John went left side in and let the crack devour him for half an hour before he scrambled out victorious. The lightning was going off as he rested on a tiny stance. He belched a little, and then slowly made his way to the anchor. An impressive onsight. He cleaned the gear as I lowered him. About fifty feet off the deck he yelled for me to stop. I figured he was trying to pull a piece out.

That's when it really started raining. BLEECH! A heavy current of vomit came flooding out of John's mouth. And then. BLEECH! John puked up what looked like three days of food. Lukcily the route was steep and the vomit fell behind me into the trees. I couldn't stop laughing at the waterfall of vomit. Then when I lowered John back to the ground he gave me a haggard look. "I think we forgot our hiking permits at the lodge."

Aug 31, 2007 - 09:28pm PT
Really funny! That route is proud.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Aug 31, 2007 - 09:35pm PT
Damnit James, when are you gonna buy a camera....I may just have to score you one.

I just ordered 3 cams from Mtn Gear and they say they're sending a free camera to me, anybody else know anything about this.?

You have awesome stories, but you know they saying, a picture tells a...

Nice post though.

Social climber
The West
Sep 1, 2007 - 12:27am PT
Nice! I personnally thought that that very well, could, maybe, be, a bit stiff for 10c,

 I think Every One ("old women") cruise the .11 part.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 1, 2007 - 12:30am PT
in this case I'm happy that we only have our imaginations, which would give the best image unless someone had recorded the event on an IMAX camera...
...you sure would move around in your seat for that one!
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Sep 1, 2007 - 12:33am PT
Right side in.... 5.9+

Sep 1, 2007 - 01:11am PT
I always did it left side in.

But then the last time I did it I accidentally levitated and it was easier.
The Warbler

the edge of America
Sep 1, 2007 - 01:17am PT
What's up with the continuation to that? Rudy did almost the whole thing to the top of The Rostrum. The face to the top looks kinda funky, but below that on the arete looks really wild and hard.

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Sep 1, 2007 - 04:21am PT
Have been up there a bit lately with my partner Blaine. He floated the thing last time. Made it look like 5.9! Suhweet! We were looking at the rest of the climb too. If anyone has any info about it, we'd love to know too!

"I think Every One ("old women") cruise the .11 part."

I must be an old woman! For one, the bottom is .11c, not just .11 and seems harder than what's around the corner on The Rostrum and Blind Faith to me. Although shorter.

A tent in the redwoods
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2007 - 05:47am PT
Climbed the Rostrum a couple days ago and the 5.11 on Kaukulator is harder than any of that sh#t.

Russ, I went right side in-solid 10c if not harder....5.9+ bah!

So is it the innocent, ignorant, or insecure?
The Warbler

the edge of America
Sep 1, 2007 - 10:45am PT
Russ can be, let's say, insincere, at times.

Gym climber
Sep 1, 2007 - 12:14pm PT
Warbler, that arete is the super proud, a daydream for me.

James, that's gut splitter. Why is it that when somebody pukes on a route, it hits the top of the list? We went to the Creek for a week and the one moment that stands out is when Pat puked in the middle of our first route there (Something out in Superbia). The then bravely continued to the anchors, without hanging!

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The West
Sep 1, 2007 - 12:28pm PT
I went right side in, too. I guess that 5.10 (that's harder than the .11) is one of those 5.9+'s!

Trad climber
Washington DC
Dec 11, 2015 - 02:13pm PT
I remember cruising the climb until the OW. I hadn't realized that it was there and had basically no pro over a 2 friend which placed at the bottom of the pod. I didn't enjoy this section.
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