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Stanley Hassinger

climber
Eastern US
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 25, 2008 - 06:02pm PT
Two of my friends and I did the Shield this past summer. What a spectacular place the headwall is. Does anyone have good shots of it? Want to share?

I'll start.

I took this shot with a little point and shoot at the top of the pitch after the tripple cracks. Great crack. Beautiful day. Long lead. Couldn't ask for more. My two partners are down below on the ledge.

Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho
Feb 25, 2008 - 06:22pm PT
Man, that crack is lookin' beat up...
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 25, 2008 - 06:28pm PT
And that's not even the triple cracks.
WBraun

climber
Feb 25, 2008 - 06:53pm PT
Dale Bard cleaning the triple cracks; circa 197? something.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 25, 2008 - 07:25pm PT
Werner,
the side lighting on that photo really brings out the band of lateral glacial scouring level with the lead one pitch above Mammoth.
Blur your eyes and check it out.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 25, 2008 - 07:27pm PT
Presumptuous to assume that beating it out will allow for EITHER free climbing OR solid pro.
WBraun

climber
Feb 25, 2008 - 07:36pm PT
Bridwell wanted to put bolt on holds up there to the right, hahaha.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho
Feb 25, 2008 - 07:42pm PT
He would...that Bridwell! Howdy, Werner, how's things?
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Feb 25, 2008 - 07:47pm PT
" Presumptuous to assume that beating it out will allow for EITHER free climbing OR solid pro."

Seems to have "worked" all over the valley and elsewhere... Not that I'd advocate speeding up the process, but kinda hard to deny that eventually it will come to be.
atchafalaya

climber
Babylon
Feb 25, 2008 - 07:53pm PT
its presumptious to say its presumptious.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho
Feb 25, 2008 - 07:55pm PT
Ahem...presumptuous, I presume; i.e. Nefarius(above).
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 25, 2008 - 07:56pm PT
I see.

So it becomes a communal project; "chipping by attrition" with plausible deniability for all!
WBraun

climber
Feb 25, 2008 - 08:03pm PT
Hi Captain...or Skully I'm doing good.

But, who am I talking to?
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho
Feb 25, 2008 - 08:08pm PT
Kaptain Kirk....I left in 99, moved to Boise. I hang out with Cade up here.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Feb 25, 2008 - 08:11pm PT
Point is, it's inevitable. To say that the scarring that will happen over the years, as people continue to beat the pitch out, will not lend to free/protectable climbing isn't presumptuous, it would be preposterous.

Take a drive to your local crag, where the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. A significant number of the free lines in the valley were made by aid scarring. But, then again, you, Ron, of all people know that scarring leads to free lines. So, why would you argue this?

And I'm a little too young to be lumped into your "communal project" theory, dude! =) hehe
WBraun

climber
Feb 25, 2008 - 08:12pm PT
Hey Kirk all right.

Fukin A good to see ya again.

I had no idea by your avatar.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho
Feb 25, 2008 - 08:17pm PT
Yeah, Cade calls me Skully now, for my Mescalito shenanigan...ah, well.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 25, 2008 - 08:19pm PT
I of all people?





It all sounds like a convenient excuse not to go hammerless.

"I'm not scarring it. I'm making it go FREE!"
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Feb 25, 2008 - 08:28pm PT
Of course, you of all people. Anytime something of this nature comes up, you're embroiled in it. Not to mention the "constructive" scarring you've done yourself.

Neither here nor there though. For the sake of this argument, scarring is scarring. Regardless of how it happens, it will, eventually, make a route free-able/protect-able. There's no way around that fact. To deny it is just being stubborn and hard-headed.

And, you'll notice I said immediately I wasn't advocating speeding the process up. So, I'd whole-heartedly appreciate you not trying to lump me in with the hammer crowd.

Sheesh!
Stanley Hassinger

climber
Eastern US
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2008 - 09:07pm PT
Ok. Things took an argumentative turn in what I had hoped would be a thread with great pictures of a great route. Here's an effort to get us back on track.

Granted, the last two aren't of the headwall, but still fun to look at I think.

Anybody else got stuff to share?


This is my buddy Jeff leading the Groove:



And Here is my bro at the anchor atop pitch 6 (that is, the sixth after mammoth):



This is Jeff leading the traverse pitch immediately preceding the roof pitch:

John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Feb 25, 2008 - 09:11pm PT
Thanks for the great pics... I've got to get on that route one day...
Stanley Hassinger

climber
Eastern US
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2008 - 09:32pm PT
Last one of my decent headwall photos. This is Jeff leading the last pitch of the headwall. I think after this it was just one more pitch to chickenhead ledge.



Ok, now that I've mentioned it I might as well include one of the oh so sweet chickenhead ledge.

Salamanizer

Trad climber
Vacaville Ca,
Feb 25, 2008 - 09:36pm PT
Anyone else notice the increase of vegitation around the base of the Captain in the first picture compaired to the one taken in the 70's by Braun? Not sure if that's a good thing or not.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Feb 25, 2008 - 09:48pm PT
Sorry, Stanley. I'm really not arguing with Ron. I like Ron. Just making a point and that doesn't always come out right online.

Regardless, I digress. And I apologize for the hijack. Carry on with the awesome pics of The Shield Headwall! =)
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Feb 25, 2008 - 09:55pm PT


What a steller place to get to visit
Mike.

climber
Feb 25, 2008 - 09:57pm PT
What a unique place on the Cap'n.



Drop 30mm of focal length and gain 1000 feet of wall, hehe. Three guys were on my heels at Gray Ledges, so I gunned it at 1:30 am after a few Sopporos. Finally gave up at the end of Triple Crax. Chilled while they passed.



The headwall was getting scoped hard b4 Charlie got it. He told me Bridwell told him to not nail it because it was a perfect 1" crack that would go free. Charlie being himself shined that advice and the rest is history. With a good belly laugh he said he got back to his car where the windshield wipers were busted off. Haha...classic.


Psyche, Tommy!



Werner, I don't get it. It shows up for me. ??? Sure it contains errors...I'm on my portaledge in the middle of the day and my shoeslaces are in knots. Oh well, not like it's a new pic, it's been rotated of the homepage for what, six years now = 0


PS: Tommy, I'd love to meet ya down there with those cats, but I'll have to relegate myself to taking pix or something...not a board surfer. Too many years in the desert?? Let me know. Gabe's out this weekend, maybe next? I'll swing ya an email.
WBraun

climber
Feb 25, 2008 - 10:15pm PT
Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike. Mike.

The image http://www.ousleycreative.com/(C)mikeousley41.jpg cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Hahahaha
Stanley Hassinger

climber
Eastern US
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 25, 2008 - 10:18pm PT
No worries, Nefarius.

Cool picture, T2! When was it taken? Is that another party behind you guys low down on the headwall?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 25, 2008 - 10:38pm PT
Sorry to redivert from a celebration of the communal unspoken chipping project, but "constructive scarring" referred to minimizing the detrimental effects of unavoidable nailing.

I was not, for the umpteenth phucking time, ADVOCATING scarring.








(Now lets confuse this further by bringing in drilling why dontcha! Sheesh.)
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Feb 25, 2008 - 10:52pm PT
Stanley: I believe we did the climb in 98' I remember blasting the day of Walt Shipleys memorial. I was fortunate enough to get to lead the whole climb, what a gift for such a beautiful climb. Yes that is a party blow us that had just turned the roof pitch. I think that picture of yours on your blog turning the roof is a outstanding photo.

Mike: We should meet up with our friend Ammon sometime soon. Do you surf? If so lets go surfing near Ammon and Gabes.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Feb 25, 2008 - 11:04pm PT
I watched Porter for a while on the FA of the Shield Headwall. I had heard round camp that he was up to something, but never saw the line til he was up there. I was blown away... I grabbed a pair of binos, and I'll never forget my amazement at how thin the line was. And how it just goes and goes - straight up.

I can just imagine Charlie grinning and talking to himself as he made the very first placements over and over again in that incredible crack system. What an ultimate route to pioneer. Charlie Porter was way ahead of his time.
Shack

Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Feb 25, 2008 - 11:21pm PT
I hope to go up ther some day and slam a few pins in that beyutiful crack! ;)


..and Mike. Fix your piture!
The shot straight down between your legs on the portaledge is my favorite all time EC picture.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Feb 25, 2008 - 11:41pm PT

Charlie Porter on the Triple Cracks during the FA, 1972 - photo by Gary Bocarde

from

http://www.supertopo.com/rockclimbing/gallery.html?r=ybelshie&n=2

The article "El Cap Update" and photos I remember were in Mountain Magazine, with Burton and Sutton on the second ascent, where Sutton used many knifeblades with red tie-off slings in a row (vs. RURPs for Porter on the FA). This is photo #59 in Yosemite Climber, but there were other good photos in the Mountain article.

By 1975, I heard it was "beat-out" already, taking baby angles.

The pin-bashing up there is a touchy subject. People just have to do it as clean as they can. Carrying pins doesn't mean you have to use them or beat extra hard on them. Doing the route entirely clean could be a tall order, but people shouldn't feel too defeated if there are a couple of placements they can't manage clean. It might be good if people reported which of the headwall pitches they were able to do entirely clean (with existing fixed gear), or how many placements they had to use a hammer on for the other pitches. That would give others a standard to compare with.

I remember before I did it in the late 80s, there was a story about how somebody had zippered the A3 groove pitch. I led that pitch almost entirely clean, using TCUs, nuts and fixed gear, plus resetting a couple of the fixed heads that had loosened over the winter. The crux was threading the hole on a fixed RURP - I used the very thin wire of a tiny steel nut.

In photo #8 of the supertopo photos linked above, the caption reads:

"A climber in the middle of the notorius Groove Pitch during the last rays of light of The Shield. While the crack appears big from a distance, it actually only takes copperheads, birdbeaks, and knifeblades."

I swear there was some clean gear on this pitch.
Mike.

climber
Feb 25, 2008 - 11:49pm PT
I know it's in here:

http://www.ousleycreative.com/desktopbigstone.pdf

Damn, time to update that thing again.


http://www.supertopo.com/rockclimbing/gallery.html?r=ybelshie&n=11



Sweet perspective as always, Clint.

I watched some French guys bail from the Groove the while I sat there. You can see em in the pic. The guys that passed me let the new guy lead the next pitch. He took 4.5 hours on the lead. I placed too many hand-paced angles to count on that pitch. I even pulled one out somehow while effing with my aiders. A brass nut caught me by my daisy...not that it would have mattered.



vvv Rescue's in your blood, Werner.
WBraun

climber
Feb 25, 2008 - 11:55pm PT
Oh .... so it's this one .....

Double D

climber
Feb 26, 2008 - 12:27am PT
Sahweeet photo Werner!

Kevin...how cool that must have been to watch! I always regret not doing an early ascent of that thing when it was still a rurp crack.

ec

climber
ca
Feb 26, 2008 - 12:39am PT
Approach pitch to the Shield Roof:


Cleaning the Triple Cracks:


Shield headwall bivy view in the AM:




atchafalaya

climber
Babylon
Feb 26, 2008 - 01:32pm PT
Is this thread done? Really? Sorry the first one is poor quality. It was a throw away camera.

danglefest on the roof


Close-up of our bivy at start of triple cracks


I could look at shield pictures all day.
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
Otto, NC
Feb 28, 2008 - 04:21pm PT
Me too. Ok, this one's back on the list.
Walleye

climber
The bottom of a bottle of Bear Whiz Beer
Feb 28, 2008 - 06:03pm PT
Gene

climber
Feb 28, 2008 - 06:08pm PT
Walleye,

Story please.

GM
Walleye

climber
The bottom of a bottle of Bear Whiz Beer
Feb 28, 2008 - 06:13pm PT
Reinhard Karl: From his book, Yosemite: Climbing in the Vertical Paradise. This book is in German and has not been translated to English

Looks like he's having fun, yes?

"Herrgottkruziturken"
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Feb 28, 2008 - 06:17pm PT
He kinda looks like Rob Yang (rhyang). Pre-accident, of course! =)
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Feb 28, 2008 - 08:15pm PT
ahhh...
Mimi

climber
Mar 6, 2008 - 01:19am PT
Spike Davis, 1987. What a great route! Thanks to Photoshop Elements, I was able to rotate the slide correctly.



Hanging out above the Groove at 3:30 in the afternoon. Nobody else on the wall, beautiful day!

Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Mar 6, 2008 - 02:45am PT
Cool pics, Mimi! Do you think people will actually believe people sent walls without all the new-fangled, fancy, shiny gear of today though? And dig the "technical" clothing! =)
Mimi

climber
Mar 6, 2008 - 10:38pm PT
Thanks Nef!

The gear we had was so old by today's standards. We might have had four cherished Metolius/Wired Bliss TCUs. At least we had plenty of rigid stemmed Friends. And lots of wired stoppers and small hexes. My ledge was Deucie's old Frog ledge. A fine prototype but I can still remember cussing it hanging there trying to set it up. Once setup, it was divine. As you can see, Mike is on the SAR's shared subledge. For those not in the know, it was a rigid bed frame from a submarine that I think the Fish scored.

We made the mistake of leaving our gear on top and heading for beer via the East Ledges. We returned via Tamarack Flat a couple days later and hiked it out. Great visuals hanging out at the lip watching a peregrine riding the thermals screaming up the face. Brutal 13 miles round trip and mostly uphill on that darned closed road. We didn't realize how long it would be and we didn't have the gate key. After dividing the gear, I ended up with the subledge. I really had to watch it when a breeze came up as it would blow me sideways.



Spencer Adkisson

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Mar 7, 2008 - 02:04am PT
Salmanizer, The increase in vegitation you noticed is undoubtedly a result of the lack of fire in the valley. Native Americans used to burn purposely, and repeatedly in order to provide for more oak, and less pine.

There is a really interesting article titled, "The History of Oak Woodlands in California, Part II:The Native American and Historic Period" by Scott Mensing in The California Geographer, Vol. 46 2006.

It is an interesting topic (to some). Here is an excerpt:

"...Today, pines are invading oak woodlands, similar to the successional pattern found in Yosemite National Park. Thus, where conifers and oaks are associated, fire suppression favors conifers, whereas in stands of pure coast live oak, the absence of fire favors increased density of oak woodlands (Mensing 22).

You can probably find the publication through the California Geographic Society. Interesting history about Native Americans, Spanish settlers, and oak woodlands in Cali.-----Enjoy. =) SA
Gunkie

climber
East Coast US
Mar 7, 2008 - 08:59am PT
I liked the picture of Chickenhead Ledge. So much of not-in-a-day or non-push wall climbing is simply waiting around. That picture really illustrates the peaceful wall climbing moments.

Thanks for posting.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Mar 7, 2008 - 09:41pm PT
Cool info and shots, Mimi!

Totally cool pic of you with that big ass ledge strapped to your back! hahaha Proud!
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Mar 7, 2008 - 11:01pm PT
The Shield has the greatest positioning of any wall I ever did. Most of the walls I climbed I've largely forgotten about but the Shield - never! Sensational pics . . .

JL
MZiebell

Social climber
Prescott, AZ
Mar 8, 2008 - 09:42am PT
Bump
Mimi

climber
Mar 8, 2008 - 01:56pm PT
A fine bump for Chickenhead! Mike wanted to bivy on top of the Triple Cracks, which was my lead, but I wanted to hang out on the headwall there and party. He said if we stopped there, we had to make Chickenhead the next day. I said no problem and we got there easily. We were really cruising at that point especially after having gotten the manky crux Groove pitch out of the way without a ripper.

While on the ledge that night hanging in our ledges, a weather experiment was launched somewhere over Cali. When we first spotted it in the sky, it looked like a bright missile heading right for El Cap. As it got closer and closer, I began to express my fear by sitting up and yelling WTF! when it exploded into a large green cloud in the sky. Of course, it appeared a lot closer than it really was. heh-heh. Really got the adrenalin going again though.

Another shot of Mike on the headwall. What an excellent partner.

rjtrials

Sport climber
ChattaVegas
Mar 8, 2008 - 06:29pm PT
Very inspiring photos!

Has this route seen many free attempts??

RJ
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Feb 26, 2014 - 12:14am PT
Bump for some cool content.
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