most climbers, The Nose of El Capitan
is such an outrageous challenge that climbing it is the crowning achievement
of a climbing career. In our Road to The Nose guidebook, big
wall master Chris McNamara takes you through a graduated series of
14 climbs of increasing difficulty to help you build skills, speed,
endurance and comfort with big wall exposure.
A SuperTopo for each of the 14 climbs is included, along with special
tips and beta to help you. The program is split into five chapters:
Chapter 1: Overview of Your Road to The Nose
Five Routes to Practice Aid Climbing
Five Long Free Climbing Routes
Five Classic Big Wall Routes
Are You Ready for the Big Stone?
The training program
starts in the climbing gym where you will build your basic lead
and jumaring skills. The guide then takes you to Yosemite Valley,
where you can practice aid climbing on short routes of increasing
difficulty. The guide then takes you to long free climbing routes,
to help you build the strong free climbing skills that are mandatory
for an undertaking like the Nose. You'll climb some of Yosemite's
best 5.9 and 5.10 routes, climbs that will give you a sense of what
it is like to move over thousands of feet of rock in a day. Next,
it's on to the big walls, with topos from classic starter big wall
routes such as Washington's Column and onward to climbs like Half
Dome's northwest face.
Along the way, McNamara
tells how he learned to climb big walls and gives tips on how to
effectively train and prepare for an undertaking like The Nose.
If you complete all the training and routes in this pack, you will
have greatly improved your climbing aptitude and developed the skills
you need to tackle The Nose, one of the greatest rock climbs in
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