The Salathe Wall--a video TR


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Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 18, 2008 - 01:26am PT
My brother and I climbed the Salathe two weeks ago. We brought along our cameras and afterwards made a movie of our adventures, hosted at:

Some highlights of the route:

* A front-row seat to watch Andres and Lucho sending the Monster Offwidth en route to a successful ascent of the FreeRider.

* Seeing Much work the Headwall on TR in an attempt to free the Salathe (and subsequently his and Time's hooking us up with some green tea at Long Ledge).

* A big thanks to Kate for giving us Red Bull, fresh fruit, and a lift to our car keys and haulbag in Camp 4 and back to the bridge after we hitchhiked to the bridge without them!!

* And of course thanks to Tom Evans for the sweet photos from the bridge.
Aaron Johnson

Bear Valley, CA
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:49am PT
Thanks for the memories

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:58am PT
That's worthy.

-edit except for the jig at the end. ;)
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 18, 2008 - 03:27am PT
thanks for putting that together, looks like a great time was had by all!

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Jun 18, 2008 - 10:33am PT

Nice video guys and congrats on the Salathe ascent.

Good style.

Thanks for posting the video. I would have never known, in detail, how difficult or exposed some of those pitches are without it.

I'll be returning to this video again!

P.S...... uhm..... where was all the booze? LOL
hungry man

Trad climber
Jun 18, 2008 - 11:38am PT
Yo that's an awesome video. That really brightened my morning.
F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
medicated and flat on my back
Jun 18, 2008 - 12:15pm PT

Thanks for some am entertainment, nice job guys

Trad climber
Bay area
Jun 18, 2008 - 12:43pm PT
That video is off the hook!

Well... that is, if there ever was a hook awesome enough for that thing in the first place.

Nice work, Cory!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 18, 2008 - 12:58pm PT
Totally Sweet! I was that happy when I finished the Salathe back when I did it.

San Fran Cisco
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:57pm PT
nice climb and cool tr!

and go cardinal! (why is it that stanford seems so disproportionately represented compared to other area schools in these things? money? but often it's grad students living on stipends. the alpine club?)

Trad climber
Jun 18, 2008 - 03:07pm PT
Thems are two mountain climberz.

Social climber
down south
Jun 18, 2008 - 03:49pm PT
Good job guys! Nice video.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:07pm PT
Thanks for posting up guys and great video!
For those of you that love Salathe Wall history, Ken's Yosemite climbing history exhibit features the first color film ever shot on El Cap. The third ascent of the Salathe by Steve Roper, Dick Long and Al Steck was filmed and narration provided by Steve and Al several decades later. Dick Long bought the camera right before the climb so the cinematography can be a bit funky to be sure. Owen Bissel finished editing the piece just in time for the installation and deserves thanks and recognition for his timely efforts. Classic stuff and one of the real gems at this splendid exhibit. Check it out!

Jun 18, 2008 - 04:29pm PT
Great trip report! Well done, Lads! I met you and your brother briefly at the Bridge the day you hauled. Congrats. Nice send. Nice dance moves at the end.

Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:44pm PT
Nice TR and great video. Alan Bard and I used the same bivies 35 years ago or so--doesn't look like much has changed. Nothing fit in the Hollow Flake pitch for us either.

Well, one thing is differnt, we didn't know the moves to the final dance number, so we just stood to the side.

All the best, Roger

Trad climber
San Diego
Jun 18, 2008 - 05:04pm PT
Awesome job guys. Nice send!
I was just looking through the salathe topo earlier today. I really liked the video, it looks like it really captures your attitude throughout.


bay area
Jun 18, 2008 - 07:28pm PT

thanks for the really awesome TR! nice work!

Trad climber
Jun 18, 2008 - 09:22pm PT
Awesome! I watched it twice.

Big Wall climber
Jun 18, 2008 - 11:43pm PT
nice to see a climbing film, even if a home made one, that is about climbing and having fun and not about numbers and spray and egos! really enjoyed watching you guys have fun!

I drink your milkshake!
Jun 19, 2008 - 12:16am PT
hahaha, that was great! Best opener ever!

"Watching aid is soooo exciting..."
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