Pictures of the narrows on Steck-Salathe ?


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Dapper Dan

an 89' honda accord
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 19, 2007 - 11:23pm PT
What is this pitch like? Can somebody post some pictures? Would you say Steck-Salathe is harder than the East Buttress of El Cap?

Trad climber
Nov 19, 2007 - 11:33pm PT
Here ya go... Google search


Trad climber
Nov 19, 2007 - 11:37pm PT
Here's a thread with a couple pics of the narrows:

Trad climber
Nov 19, 2007 - 11:50pm PT
Dapper Dan,
Search the forum for "steck salathe neb" and you'll find an entire thread that compares the two climbs. Along the way you'll find a bunch of Steck Salathe threads if you search on "Steck Salathe". Yo's trip report of his ascent of the SS is one of the best couple of TR's ever done on supertopo. Search on "steck salathe the thin blood of sport climbers". If you search on “zander steck salathe” you can read my trip report. There are a few pics of the narrows move there.

Oops, is eb of el cap in the original post. No wonder I have so much trouble with route finding.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 19, 2007 - 11:55pm PT

Social climber
The internet
Nov 20, 2007 - 12:36am PT
I think he's asking about E butt El Cap, not NE of Higher. Anyway, I think NE of Higher and E butt El Cap are very close with E butt El Cap just a little harder overall. I think Steck Salathe is around 2x the effort of either, give or take an hour or so. The Narrows are nothing to worry about, especially if you bring a #6 cam. Other pitches on the route are harder. The pitch below the Narrows is the crux, I think. The two can be linked, so I hear. Maybe next time.

Jan Studebaker

Trad climber
Jemez Springs, NM
Nov 20, 2007 - 12:46am PT
NACLASSICS has several photos of the "narrows" as well; see:


GO14-Beginning the lead of pitch 13 - "the Narrows."

PG20-Looking down into the Narrows slot from above.
Dapper Dan

an 89' honda accord
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2007 - 12:52am PT
Dang the route looks sweet !
Delhi Dog

Trad climber
Good Question...
Nov 20, 2007 - 02:10am PT
Great Route!
Have fun.
Chiminey to a squeeze Chim...
Got this off the net somewhere...


Nov 20, 2007 - 11:33am PT
The Narrows isn't a mandatory squeeze as shown above. One can traverse out to the lip and do a back-foot chim. Super exposed; one shoulder hangin' out. I wouldn't suggest it for small folks (I'm 5'10" with long legs). There used to be some shitty bolts out there as one gets higher up.

PS: Both my partners, one a bit smaller than me, did it the way I described, too. One used a double-stem #4 Camalot/approach shoe stack as the last pro, then the bunky bolts several moves later.

Trad climber
boulder, co
Nov 20, 2007 - 12:49pm PT
I would say The Steck/Salathe is harder then East Butt of El cap. They have totally different kind of climbing. E. butt of EL Cap only has two hard moves of 5.10c on the first pitch I think? and a few 5.10a moves higher up with some really easy climbing between these pitchs. The Steck/salathe is a longer route and has way more phyiscal climbing with some of the easier pitchs harder then expected. I have reached the top of steck/salathe benighted and extremely tired after we did the E. butt of El cap and E. Butt of Cathedral in a afternoon the week before wanting to climb more. Different partners of course.


Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Nov 20, 2007 - 03:22pm PT
SS is easier because it rated 5.9, while E.Buttress of El Cap is rated 10b.
Time to climbed both routes according to ST is about same 6-10 hours.
Anyway, I bivied on both routes

Trad climber
Nov 20, 2007 - 04:29pm PT
D Dog,

That picture is from Guillaume Dargaud's website. I know because he and Jenny are the only climbers I know who glued rubber to the top of their Anasazis so they could crack climb more comfortably.

scuffy b

The deck above the 5
Nov 20, 2007 - 06:03pm PT
Here's another view of the Narrows.
photo DMT

Trad climber
Nov 21, 2007 - 11:10am PT
I think you can calculate how long it will take you to climb the SS using your time from the EB of El Cap. Just multiply by 1.667.
If it takes you 1 hour on EB it will take 1 hour 40 minutes on SS.
If it takes you 9 hours on EB it will take 15 hours on SS.
These are roped climbing times.
My $.02

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Nov 21, 2007 - 11:24am PT
I've never done EB, but have done SS a few times (all more than 25 years ago). So, as I understand it Zander, I would use the 1.667 in the denominator of my average SS time in predicting my EB time. Complicated stuff, but I think I get it:)

Trad climber
Nov 21, 2007 - 11:30am PT
I'm not sure of your average time but your solo time on SS as stated before here on supertopo would put you at 54 minutes for EB of EC.
Go for it. ;-)
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