yep right side in for both of us, we also came in from the left into the wider stuff. this appeared to be the standard way to get into the Fissure Beck. The crux wa bizzar eh, I can not imagine soloing that. Actually I imagine dying when I do so I just avoid the thought all together. Impressive.
> Thinking of doing this in the near future. Anyone got more stories or photos?
I climbed it in 1996 and led the crux; the topo was quite accurate, and nothing special happened on the climb except the usual fun.
I have many photos of the formation, but none with people (they are mostly similar to the photos on the thread linked above).
This may be partly because it was often closed for bird nesting.
I have seen where the birds nest there - it's quite close to the route.
However, it is not closed this year (yet). http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1456774/Yosemite-Revised-Peregrine-Closures-Arch-Rock
You might want to wait until the snow is melted out of the Gunsight descent, though.
Did this route yesterday. A few pics to add to the thread. Overall, it was a great route that needs more traffic. The top pitches are a bit loose, but I suspect with more route finding there would be a better direct version further west to top out this line.
i remember being on those upper loose pitches with crappy gear and thinking i was going to die. then el cap caught my eye. i thought "i can't die i haven't climbed the nose!" so for the rest of the pitch i repeated this mantra to myself over and over. it worked rather nicely for calming my nerves.
yeah that was twelve years ago i think. i thought about it a lot when i was on the nose last year..."what now?". i can't remember what i came up with. patagonia, mt.russel, whitney, keeler needle, vedavoo, devil's tower, scotland, italy. there are a few more things. i would have been pissed if i had died before i got to climb the nose though...
Tucker dragged me up that climb my first real week of climbing; scared the sh?t out me. I remember my mantra on the 10c section was "use your feet".... until my legs cramped. I think Tucker aided the 10c because it took him a long time . We rapelled gunsight at night with no headlamps and only one rope. It was the beginning of learning the hard way.