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Yosemite Valley, California USA


Trip Report
Bailing on South Face Solo

by mfsb
Friday October 4, 2013 2:08pm
Here it is - the 1st Trip Report from ClimbingBum101

This inaugural report chronicles the bail off of South Face (V 5.8 C1) on Washington Column in September. Can you say 'snowstorm'?!?

Here's the video:


Here's the story:
After going up to the Valley in August -for only my 2nd time EVER!?! (Granted, my first trip was in 2009 for eight months - but hey!) Anyway, I finally got back up there in August only to only make it up to the top of the Kor Roof before gassing out. Figuring its always better in the caf; my partner and I BAILED (that's right).

But, the above video has me going BACK! And it was SOLO. Lo and behold the Valley had other plans for me (as I was about to learn).

Here's the pics:
The storm a comin in!
The storm a comin in!
Credit: mfsb

Happy Ending (but not like that)
Happy Ending (but not like that)
Credit: mfsb

Enjoy friends!

ClimbingBum101
ClimbingBum101
Credit: mfsb

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mfsb is a big wall climber from Los Angeles, CA.

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JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Oct 4, 2013 - 02:16pm PT
Wow, talk about tough luck! This brings back a lot of memories -- both of the South Face, and of being on a wall as an unseasonal snow storm moved in (not at the South Face).

Thanks for the TR.

John
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
  Oct 4, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
I totally missed that there was a video

You should embed it like this:



[ youtube =zcJQS6h6MOA]

Without the spaces around youtube
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Oct 4, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
After going up to the Valley in August -for only my 2nd time EVER!?!

And then a solo wall attempt? Good on ya.
Powder

Trad climber
the Flower Box
  Oct 4, 2013 - 04:47pm PT
Third time's the charm.

Thanks for the report and looking forward to a full one next time. ; )



mfsb

Big Wall climber
Los Angeles, CA
Author's Reply  Oct 7, 2013 - 01:30am PT
thanks cultureshock

i tried to re-embed the video but i think it just did the same thing - ack!
ill try and figure it out...
mfsb

Big Wall climber
Los Angeles, CA
Author's Reply  Oct 7, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
@cultureshock

GREAT SUCCESS!!!

(took two tries but i got it)
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