Muir Wall, El Capitan A2 5.9
Avg time to climb route: 5 days
Approach time: 15 minutes
Descent time: 4 hours
Number of pitches: 33
Height of route: 2900'
OverviewThe Muir Wall is one of El Cap's greatest natural lines, second only to the Salathé. It boasts large clean corners from the ground to summit with moderate yet sustained climbing. This route is substantially more involved than the Nose or Salathé but technically easier than the Shield or Zodiac.
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HistoryFirst Free Ascent History
In June 1994, Kurt Smith and Scott Cosgrove managed to free 99% of the Muir Wall. They established free variations from the Muir into the into the Shield via new terrain they called The Shaft. On their final push, the team spent 10 days climbing. They pinkpointed and redpointed every pitch up to P32 (located on the Shield) where they were thwarted by an A2 pitch. When the team topped out they were cited by rangers for illegal use of a power drill.
In May 2001, Tommy Caldwell and Nick Sagar freed by either leading or following ev... [full history for SuperTopo members only!]
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