I highly recommend this route. Did Scorched Earth in Spring of 1998 w/ Warren Hollinger and Brad Jackson. Brad sent the Levitator with a total of maybe 4 pieces at most. I am not exagerating maybe 4, maybe 3 for the entire offwidth. One of the most impressive leads I have ever seen. Doing the sidewinder technique 1500 ft off the deck, it was a thing of beauty. The levitator flake is attached on the top and the bottom so you can see through the flake. If you do it I also recommend you don't clip the junk[ the small heads you place or any of the small fixed heads] If you rip you will just have to clean out those placements and redo all that work. Small heads will not stop a fall anyway so why clip it. It will speed up your lead too. It took us 5 days with 3 pitches fixed. The run off was tremendous from the big winter that year but we were dry except for one belay where there was considerable seepage. I am not sure but I think it was the 10th belay. It is super overhung so hauling is awesome as well. By the way I don't know how it can have a 5.8 rating with the levitator being 5.11??? As Rob Slater said If you don't do the levitator you have not really done the route. Have fun!
note on back of original FA topo of Scorched Earth, El Capitan
Credit: Chris McNamara
Photo: Chris McNamara
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