Trip Report
FPONIAD First Pitch of Nose In A Day. Barely a Trip Report
Wednesday March 6, 2013 8:19pm
Here's a couple photos from our day out this weekend. Recognized ST regular Briham89 while racking up in the meadow. He and a buddy sent East Buttress, Vitaliy and friends slayed Lurking Fear in a "push" and Macronut (Adam) and I got some aid practice in while wearing t-shirts in March. Nice job Taco heads.

While we were racking up, just after sunrise, Hudon texts me..."Are there some gys doing a NIAD? I say..."Yeah...looks like they're already up on Sickle."

"That's Chris Mac" he says.

"Well they better get moovin', cause we're about to get on this thing!"

The fellas climbing off Sickle.  You can see one of 'em up high and ri...
The fellas climbing off Sickle. You can see one of 'em up high and right. Click for better res.
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Pulled into The Valley at 6:45 am, straigt outta Fresno, no stoppin no...
Pulled into The Valley at 6:45 am, straigt outta Fresno, no stoppin no nothin. Under two hours. It's 29 out. Maybe just one cup of joe before we head to The Meadow. Saw Werner and shook hands. I think he had just woken up.
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26 degrees at sunrise.  Brrr....  But is there any better hike on the ...
26 degrees at sunrise. Brrr.... But is there any better hike on the planet?
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NIADers on the pitch above Sickle, approximately 90 seconds after they...
NIADers on the pitch above Sickle, approximately 90 seconds after they left the car.
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Macronut racking and bleeding all over the place
Macronut racking and bleeding all over the place
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our goal for the day.  Sizzicle.
our goal for the day. Sizzicle.
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Macronut gets a call on top of the 4th class pitch.  Something about a...
Macronut gets a call on top of the 4th class pitch. Something about a blind woman...no lie...borrowing his truck for the day back home. Not kinda blind....but seeing eye dog blind mind you.
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Macronut gettin' some wind in his Yates.
Macronut gettin' some wind in his Yates.
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Lurking Fear is just above the rear window.  It's our goal for this su...
Lurking Fear is just above the rear window. It's our goal for this summer. When I pull out and stare up at it...the fear lurks in my gut.
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Macronut rapping off before heading up for another lap.
Macronut rapping off before heading up for another lap.
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Micronut self portraiting while Macronut raps from above.
Micronut self portraiting while Macronut raps from above.
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Gettin' it done high on the East Buttress
Gettin' it done high on the East Buttress
Credit: Briham89


The sun setting as we rap off from above Pine Line
The sun setting as we rap off from above Pine Line
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You can't coil and rap fast enough once one of you says..."El Cid's en...
You can't coil and rap fast enough once one of you says..."El Cid's enchiladas would be awesome for dinner eh?"
Credit: micronut

Overall, great day out in the sunshine, but we only got one pitch done...a couple times though....since I was moving slow and we got to the top of pitch one at about noon. Didn't want to risk our two hour a pitch pace putting us on Sickle, above the raps, with no daylight. Anyway. like I said, not really worth a TR but hope these shots fuel a little bit of winter stoke. It'll be Wall time in no time yall!


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micronut is a trad climber from fresno, ca.

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matty

Trad climber
under the sea
  Mar 6, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Good times on the captain.. Thx boys
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Mar 6, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
These guys saved our climb, literally! We had a mess up with the topos and didn't have any. If not for these guys we would have to onsight lurking fear lol. Thanks again! And you know who to contact for beta! I think you two will kill it on LF with the right beta. And your TR will have like 1000x # of views than mine will :(
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Aurora Colorado
  Mar 6, 2013 - 08:33pm PT
Maybe a short trip, but great pix and I always like to be reminded that El Cap is still there waiting for me.
this just in

climber
north fork
  Mar 6, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
That title is classic.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Mar 6, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Tacoids got the Cap surrounded!

It may be short but I'm glad you posted, thanks!
briham89

Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
  Mar 6, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
Good seeing you out there! It was cool having taco heads all over el cap haha. Nice pictures too. A day in the valley is always better then a day not in the valley. Hopefully we'll cross paths again up there soon.
One step closer to climbing el cap. You guys will send LF
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Mar 6, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Bitchin only i woulda bivied!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Author's Reply  Mar 6, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
Thanks fellas.

Vitaliy, crazy fast and brave send of The Fear. Your TR is gonna be a hit. Your story from the blog was awesome. So were the photos man. Here's a couple I shot from the road. Kindo of a pano if you will.

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Mar 6, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
microtr

I liked it. Beats arguing politics.
briham89

Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
  Mar 6, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
^I'll second that!
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Mar 7, 2013 - 12:00am PT
Great job getting out and practicing guys. The hardest thing about aid climbing is practicing!
Mikemcee

Social climber
Mill Valley, CA
  Mar 7, 2013 - 10:53am PT
Bump for climbing. Cap'n stoke is ALWAYS good stoke!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
  Mar 7, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Funny title. :-)
Studly

Trad climber
WA
  Mar 7, 2013 - 11:32am PT
You guys are Nuts! but in a good way of course.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
  Mar 7, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
Shoulda just done Moby Dick Center :-)
mareko

Trad climber
San Francisco
  Mar 7, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
That is the funniest NIAD report.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Mar 7, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
As always, your trip reports are superb, regardless of climb or outcome. For what it's worth, my first trip intended to reach Sickle also ended up as laps on the first pitch, too, but our pace was even slower than yours. We figured that, at our pace, it would take about two weeks, so we were moving at little less than 5 f/f (furlongs per fortnight).

John
Spanky

Social climber
boulder co
  Mar 7, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Funny stuff, is it sad that a one pitch tr gets me jonesin?

BTW Chris Mac really turned on the gas when he heard you behind him
westhegimp

Social climber
granada hills
  Mar 23, 2013 - 02:54am PT
NICE!

Stoked for you. Thanks for the cool pics and the good vibes.

Wes
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
  Mar 23, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Way to get after it and thanks for the photos. The Friday El Cap scene is going STRONG.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Mar 23, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Nice! Missed this one before, good stuff!
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