Bridalveil East - Aqua var. Trip Report 10/25/08


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Social climber
El Portal
Nov 1, 2008 - 05:28pm PT
- Clint that was cool and such great images, your t.r. brought back many memories for me, it was a long day to say the least for my partner and I who climbed it early Nov. some 8 or so years ago. It was actually blazing hot in the sun that day.
We finished on the Midget Chimney and I was glad it was not my lead as I could not follow it without a hang, my partner on the other hand walked it with ease.

Looks like you guys were having the time of your lives.
I cannot help but look up there every time I drive into the valley the memory of the route is etched in my mind...glad you'll be doing the same!

Thanks sharing your adventure,


Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 1, 2008 - 07:03pm PT
thx Clint. Supertopo detail quality. a worthy adventure for sure!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Nov 4, 2008 - 08:47pm PT
Great trip report! i just added a route page for climb

Nov 5, 2008 - 12:35am PT
Wild !!

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 6, 2008 - 08:12am PT
Thanks to an exceedingly well-illustrated TR, I can finally visualize the route -- which I've wondered about, ever since reading Roper's description in the red book.

Big Wall climber
Idaho Falls, ID
Nov 16, 2008 - 09:49pm PT
I'll bet the whole thing is Photo Shopped, just kidding! This is an awesome pictorial tour of the extreme side of El Capitan! Great job guys!


Not the 2nd floor of the Dal Tex Building
Nov 16, 2008 - 09:58pm PT
Jesus H.

Missed that TR the first time around. Awesome!!

You and Hartouni really get on it as far as obscura.

Great reading (and photos)

Sir loin of leisure...

Trad climber
Nov 16, 2008 - 10:41pm PT
very nice

Trad climber
Nov 17, 2008 - 02:24pm PT
Really nice. Thanks.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 1, 2008 - 04:03am PT
anyone know about this?

Too Many Darts. Tim Auger and I arose to do the East Side of Bridalveil. A quick game of darts and we set off. We never found the correct route, but just started climbing up obvious cracks to the right of the East Side route. The first pitch starts in a hollow by the base of the Bridalveil pools. Climb a small pedestal, then the right-hand of two cracks. A long (150-foot, plus) lead takes one to a ledge on the right. Traverse right on the ledge and climb up the right side of a block. Step right (F7) and climb up into the base of a chimney (this may be wet). The third pitch goes up the chimney 40 feet and then out right and up for 100 feet (F7). Pitch four stays in the main crack and avoids the openbook curving right. Climb some face moves on the left of the crack, then move back to the cracks and climb to the base of an ominous overhanging crack (F7). Belay 20 feet above it. The next pitch continues up for 130 feet. Belay in a small alcove atop a bush. Continue up for 140 feet of continuous F7 with a hard jam move. Belay in a slot with flakes and horns on the right. The final pitch climbs a 30-foot jam crack (F8, possibly a pin or two of aid). Move right on a sloping ledge and climb up 30 feet more in a corner. A few aid pins lead around the roof to the right, and 30 feet of climbing leads to the rim. NCCS III, F8, A1,
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the Fet

Supercaliyosemistic climber
Sep 29, 2009 - 07:17pm PT
Bump for a seriously kickass trip report.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 29, 2009 - 07:55pm PT
yuch, the old reports have those broken link tabs...
and no way to edit them...
and they don't work as hyper-links.

too much to contemplate! the ugliness of tags revealed....

it's a tangled web we weave
when ad hoc tags are used, naive!

Trad climber
Merced CA
Sep 29, 2009 - 08:34pm PT
Great TR Clint! Sounded and looked like a great time mate.

Boulder climber
Oct 30, 2012 - 01:19am PT

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 5, 2014 - 10:50pm PT
'Tis the season, bump!

Trad climber
Washington DC
Oct 6, 2014 - 10:02am PT
Clint, better you than me.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 10, 2014 - 12:24am PT
I'm just now finding this trip report. Reading it was was totally impressed that you guys were finding the obscure way that I totally missed when I tried it and were figuring this whole thing out about making it only 5.8....

Till I got to the part where you were throwing ropes over trees for aid, and epic-ing with only one headlamp like we did.

Too funny, all the stories of that climb have some little epic to them

Thanks for all those images. They make me sorta want to go back up there and tempt fate some more


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 10, 2014 - 04:14am PT
Peter Croft story here, of a guided venture on the Br. East Rte.

Whites may not know of the spirit of Pohono, said by the Ahwahnichi to inhabit the falls.
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