Trip Report
Day on the Hog
Sunday April 21, 2013 9:40pm
Credit: tuolumne_tradster

On Saturday April 20, 2013 Bill McConachie, Frank Baker, & I spent the day on the Hogsback doing It's better with bacon & Hogwild (combined ages of 177 y). I had not done either route but Bill & Frank had done both of these fine routes. It was a warm, spectacular day with a light breeze and we had the place to ourselves. We did It's better with bacon in 5 (short ~ 100 ft) pitches and rapped the route in 3 raps w/two 60 m ropes. Bill donated a 1/2-inch tubular runner for a rap anchor on the tree at the top.

P1 (5.6): 2 thin (20 mm to 1.5 cm) en echelon cracks that take 1 or 2 nano stoppers.

P2 (5.6): bolts on face w/ thin dikes

P3 (5.7): lieback crack and face w/thin dikes

P4 (5.8): diehedral, some face & 1 roof

P5 (5.8): pass a couple of roofs to the top.

Looking up the route from the base.


Bill on P1


Me clipping the 1st bolt on P2


Frank on P2 (Photo Bill McC)


Frank leading P3


Bill belaying Frank on P4


Looking down to Bill from the lip of one of the roofs on P5


My cohorts on top of the Hogsback with Traveler Buttress in the distance.


Bill rapping.


Frank leading Hogwild...one of the finest 5.7 pitches at the Leap. (Photo Bill McC)


All in all it was a great day on the hog.


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Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
  Apr 21, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
Nice, man!

I've still not gotten on the Hog yet for some odd reason. I guess it'll all be fresh terrain when I do!
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
  Apr 21, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
2 great climbs. TFPU

lars
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  Apr 21, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
Thanks! You got me jonesin' for the Leap and I hope to get there soon!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Apr 22, 2013 - 12:09am PT
thanks.
sheepdog

Trad climber
just over the hill
  Apr 22, 2013 - 12:46am PT
Great report TT! Next weekend, give us "The Line" blow by blow!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Apr 22, 2013 - 12:56am PT
Ham-let couldn't have said it better.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
  Apr 22, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Looks like a nice route for old guys.
FBaker

Trad climber
Concord, Ca
  Apr 22, 2013 - 01:13am PT
Always fun climbing with Vic and Bill!! Nice trip report
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Apr 22, 2013 - 01:18am PT
Nice! Great routes.

Bunch of goodies there.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
  Apr 22, 2013 - 01:26am PT
nice report! two excellent climbs. Good to hear the Leap is open.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
  Apr 22, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Cool, old timers!

Andrzej
msiddens

Trad climber
  Apr 22, 2013 - 02:16am PT
Fun Routes and a fun day indeed
BMcC

Trad climber
Livermore
  Apr 22, 2013 - 03:30am PT
Fun times climbing mellow routes at the Leap with friends!

The temp when we arrived at 9 am it was 37 degrees fahrenheit. It's Better with Bacon was in the shade until about 10 am. Chilly to start with and then pretty warm in the sun.

The campground gate was still locked, so there was no camping and no access to parking associated with the campground.

There were a handful of other parties that headed for the East Wall, Corrugation Corner, and other areas. Lots of smiles going around.

Here are a few more pics for your viewing pleasure ...

Looking up the 3rd pitch- Frank belaying TTradster.
Looking up the 3rd pitch- Frank belaying TTradster.
Credit: BMcC

TTradster smiling his way up the 4th ptich.
TTradster smiling his way up the 4th ptich.
Credit: BMcC

The view looking up at Frank and Vic on the 4th pitch belay/rap statio...
The view looking up at Frank and Vic on the 4th pitch belay/rap station (2 beefy bolts) while I was rapping down.
Credit: BMcC

Only a bit of snow remaining below the East Wall.
Only a bit of snow remaining below the East Wall.
Credit: BMcC

Not much snow.
Not much snow.
Credit: BMcC

Some avoidable snow on the approach to Corrugation Corner and nearby r...
Some avoidable snow on the approach to Corrugation Corner and nearby routes.
Credit: BMcC
Bowser

Social climber
Durango CO
  Apr 22, 2013 - 08:33am PT
Way like. Nice climb fellas!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Apr 22, 2013 - 10:28am PT
Ya man,
Geezers gettin after it!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Apr 22, 2013 - 11:15am PT
Sooooooooo....weeee!

That's my hog call. Nice work gents!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Apr 22, 2013 - 11:42am PT
FOr the love of HOG! The back has always bee a cool hang! Saweeet!
crankster

Trad climber
  Apr 22, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
Well done!
BMcC

Trad climber
Livermore
  Apr 22, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Doing the last short pitch, rather than bailing from the 4th belay, is worth doing for the views of the Leap from the top.

Getting down is easy. All 5 pitches are conveniently 30m or less in length for rapping with a single 60m rope. There are some decent sized trees on top from which to rap, but bring some web or cord - please don't drape or string your rope directly around a tree. The web I slung around our rap tree was 0.5-inch tubular - rated to about 2,000 lbs - not runner strength, but adequate for our purposes.

Enjoy!

Frank led the last pitch up over several steps just to the right of wh...
Frank led the last pitch up over several steps just to the right of where he and Vic are standing, and then underclinging and stepping right under the largish roof-let for some interesting moves above that tiny bit of shrubbery.
Credit: BMcC
rhyang

climber
SJC
  Apr 22, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Glad you guys had a nice time ! We'll hafta climb together sometime after Bill returns.
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