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Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Feb 13, 2015 - 05:08am PT
A route up that part of the wall would be fabulous though, wouldn't it? What a great thread, stuff of dreams - as Clint said:

One of my friends used to call it "shadow climbing" - trying to imagine myself up there and thinking about what it would be like.

I think the recent Dawn Wall ascent was this micro-managed and should serve as an example how the remaining route prospects have to be worked. It just is the way it has to be when climbing at this high a level.

That is without doubt - I wonder if this wall was given the scrutiny that TC afforded Dawn Wall, would it yield an equivalent route (in terms of difficulty and quality, not style, obviously). Do I take your second sentence as a sort of reluctant acceptance of that ethic or is your first sentence embracing it? Just out of curiosity, do you see a time in Yosemite when this wall (or others) would simply be sterilely rap bolted or do you think the strict Yosemite ethic will prevail?

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Feb 13, 2015 - 10:51am PT
Here's another view of the good Snake Dike shot from above. Click on it to see a bigger version - though still not as big as the original.

The approach goes along the horizontal crack and brush line leading from the South Face arches out left. The route starts at a tree near the white slabs at the shadow line. From there, it goes right up the prominent dike.

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