Scorched Earth, El Capitan A4 5.8

   
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Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 6 days
Approach time: 45 minutes
Descent time: 4 hours
Number of pitches: 15
Height of route: 1800'
Overview
Scorched Earth is more of a "modern line" in that it follows smaller features linked by rivets and hooks opposed to a a big corner system. It does have a few very memorable pitches between pitches shared with Aurora and Tangerine Trip. It is ideal for climbers who have already done a lot of routes on El Cap or are just looking for a less crowded and less traveled line.

This route used to not be climbed a much as its neighbors because of the wide climbing on the Leavittator Pitch which goes from knifeblades to 24". However, with really big cams, this pitch is mostly C1. There have also been a lot of rumors of loose rock and some mandatory tent pole hooking moves. There are some scary blocks, but no mandatory tent pole hooking.
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El Capitan - Scorched Earth A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
Scorched Earth
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