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Washington Column


Yosemite Valley, California USA


Trip Report
3 days on the Prow
Saturday April 27, 2013 8:58am
Perfect fall weather and our pick of climbs (thanks to the Hantavirus) we set our sites on the Washington Column. This was going to be both our first trip up a big wall.
Got our bags packed, hopped on one of the valley shuttles and headed out on a great adventure up the Prow!

Day 1,View looking up The Prow on Washington Column.
Day 1,View looking up The Prow on Washington Column.
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Day 1,Me leading up the first pitch!
Day 1,Me leading up the first pitch!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Andy and I at the top of pitch 1
Andy and I at the top of pitch 1
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Andy starting pitch 2
Andy starting pitch 2
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Starting up pitch 2
Starting up pitch 2
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Looking up pitch 2. You can see the roof above us which you have to cl...
Looking up pitch 2. You can see the roof above us which you have to climb out left and around for the start of pitch 3, so much fun!!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Andy enjoying the top of pitch 2 and the perfect September weather!
Andy enjoying the top of pitch 2 and the perfect September weather!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Me starting off on pitch 3. The first few moves out left from the roof...
Me starting off on pitch 3. The first few moves out left from the roof were pretty exciting. Definitely started to notice the air below us and the awesome view of the valley. Be careful of the gear eating crack here, I ended up losing a orange master cam
Credit: Brian Friedrich
End of day 1- looking up pitch 4. Andy fixed this pitch and then we se...
End of day 1- looking up pitch 4. Andy fixed this pitch and then we set up the portaledge at the top of pitch 3. Definitely glad we had the double portaledge!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
End of day 1, enjoying the view from the top of pitch 3.Awesome first ...
End of day 1, enjoying the view from the top of pitch 3.Awesome first day on the wall!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
End of day 1- learning how to deal with the cluster of big wall climbi...
End of day 1- learning how to deal with the cluster of big wall climbing!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Day 2- packed all the gear up and got up to the top of pitch 4 first t...
Day 2- packed all the gear up and got up to the top of pitch 4 first thing in the morning. Then I lead up pitch 5, the bolt ladder was so much fun! This is me enjoying the view at the top of pitch 5.
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Andy leading off on pitch 6, another day of perfect September weather!
Andy leading off on pitch 6, another day of perfect September weather!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Andy leading up pitch 6
Andy leading up pitch 6
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Andy getting up pitch 6!
Andy getting up pitch 6!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Andy enjoying dinner at the top of pitch 8. we set up the ledge here w...
Andy enjoying dinner at the top of pitch 8. we set up the ledge here which were definitley glad to have once again.
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Enjoying the view of Half dome at sunset. Awesome second day on the wa...
Enjoying the view of Half dome at sunset. Awesome second day on the wall!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Greatest view ever to start day 3!
Greatest view ever to start day 3!
Credit: Brian Friedrich
Day 3, made it to the top in time to enjoy the sunset
Day 3, made it to the top in time to enjoy the sunset
Credit: Brian Friedrich

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Brian Friedrich
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Brian is a trad climber from Donner Summit, CA

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Studly

Trad climber
WA
  Apr 27, 2013 - 09:33am PT
Looks like you guys enjoyed yourselves, nice job.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
  Apr 27, 2013 - 09:35am PT
VeryVeryNice!

TFPU!
Prod

Trad climber
  Apr 27, 2013 - 10:02am PT
Awesome!

Prod.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Apr 27, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Looks GREAT ! Nicely done1!
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Apr 27, 2013 - 11:12am PT
Hell Yea! The views of halfdome from that wall are unbeatable!
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
  Apr 27, 2013 - 11:21am PT
kick ass TR.

Thanks for the photos
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Apr 27, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Three days!?!?! What took so long?
Brian Friedrich

Trad climber
Boise,ID
Author's Reply  Apr 27, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
First big wall. Whats the rush? we had alot to learn, the weather was great and just took our time enjoying the adventure!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Apr 27, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
I'm just pulling your leg.... (:
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
  Apr 27, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
Looks like a really fun trip and really organized. Nice going!
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  Apr 27, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
awesomeness.
roy

Social climber
NZ -> SB,CA -> Zurich
  Apr 28, 2013 - 04:18am PT
Seems like you cruised it. Nice job. Cheers, Roy
Reeotch

climber
4 Corners Area
  Apr 28, 2013 - 04:47am PT
Way to go!
The Prow is a beautiful route. It was my first big wall. We didn't have a portaledge. One night I had to belay my partner some 50 feet up and over to a small ledge he could sleep on (he lost the ro-sham-bo). I also remember a lot of fixed copperheads which made the climbing physically easy, but mentally exhausting.

Nice job!
10b4me

climber
  Apr 28, 2013 - 08:38am PT
Good first wall
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  May 4, 2013 - 01:27pm PT
Heck Yeah!!!!
Spanky

Social climber
boulder co
  May 4, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Nice Job! TFPU, the prow looks like a sick line. I've always wanted to do that one but I never seem to be in the valley when the temps are right.

Bump for good climbing content!!
moacman

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  May 4, 2013 - 03:41pm PT
Wow....Nice job boyz and good pics too...Thanx....

Stevo
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose and south lake tahoe, ca
  May 4, 2013 - 04:00pm PT
Yeah! Nice job! The Prow was my first wall too. Hope to see more wall reports from you guys this year.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  May 4, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
like
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
  Nov 11, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
BBST!

(As a reminder = BBST = donini for Bump for a Better SuperTopo)
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