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El Capitan


Yosemite Valley, California USA


Trip Report
Photo Essay - Zodiac
Sunday January 27, 2008 3:35pm
OK, now that I have figured out how to post pics here, I would like to share some pics from Zodiac courtesy of Corey Rich and Coreyography (he's good). No narration, just some good photos. Enjoy. Cracko












































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E.L. "One"
About the Author
E.L. "One" is a big wall climber from Lancaster, California.

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WBraun

climber
  Jan 27, 2008 - 03:49pm PT
That was pretty cool and nice perspective.

There was another party above you taking those photos?

Thanks
E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Author's Reply  Jan 27, 2008 - 03:57pm PT
Werner,

That was Corey Rich and company...Justin Bastien and Todd Snyder.
They climbed a couple pitches ahead of us and "dangled" to get most of the photos.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jan 27, 2008 - 04:00pm PT
killer, thx for the rainy day stoke.
WBraun

climber
  Jan 27, 2008 - 04:01pm PT
OK, thanks, that's great.

That's the way to do it to get those great wall shots.
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Jan 27, 2008 - 04:08pm PT
Those are exceptionally good. And even the last couple capture the top-out feeling better than most.
E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Author's Reply  Jan 27, 2008 - 04:08pm PT
By the way, my climbing partner on Zodiac was Martin Avidan from New York. Corey used the photos, and sound recorded by Jason Paur of National Public Radio to create a multi-media presentation called "Tortoise and the Hare". Martin and I were of course the hare recording a blistering ascent of 4 days. Chris Mac and Miles Smart were the Tortoise, featuring their 7 hour ascent of Zodiac. Jason Paur rigged our helmets with a sophisticated recording device and left it on for the whole four days. Aside from the mostly profanity ridden recordings, I'm sure he caught a few "introspective" moments.





DMBARN

Trad climber
Modesto
  Jan 27, 2008 - 06:13pm PT
Hey E.L.
Martin and I practically learned how to climb together starting out at Stoney Point in the mid 80's. I remember getting a call from him while he was on his way up to do the climb (1999?). I remember him saying something about you integrating the climb into a fund raiser for kids/students as you are a teacher?
I can't say enough about Martin and so you must have had a great time doing the climb with him. One of the most gracious people on the planet. My climbing took a major dump when he moved to New York.
Nice work....

Regards,
Doug Miller
cowpoke

climber
  Jan 27, 2008 - 06:17pm PT
wow, fabulous!
Prod

Trad climber
  Jan 27, 2008 - 06:38pm PT
Very cool thanks.

Prod.
E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Author's Reply  Jan 27, 2008 - 06:46pm PT
Hi Doug,

You must have known him when he was into cycling....The Wheelman,
when he lived in Cali. He's heavily into triathalons now and completed his first Ironman a while back. Haven't talked to him for a while and was sorta hoping to draw him out with this post.
Martin was a great partner and we truly shared a dream.

Cracko
F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
e350
  Jan 27, 2008 - 09:15pm PT


Cool TR,

Great photos, nice job
Jacko

Trad climber
Grass Valley Ca.
  Jan 27, 2008 - 09:46pm PT
Bump, and awsome Photos Bob....Let's book a Valley date..Jacko
Festus

Social climber
Enron by the Sea
  Jan 28, 2008 - 12:55am PT
I think Corey Rich took this shot of you too...

although judging by the breasts it could also be Phil Mickelson.

the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
  Jan 28, 2008 - 11:52am PT
Bump these frickin great photos!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
  Jan 28, 2008 - 12:10pm PT
Awesome shots. Nice job on the climb.
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
  Jan 28, 2008 - 01:30pm PT
Great post Cracko--some excellent photos in that montage. And those top-out shots were da bomb.

Now I'm totally having withdrawal pains from not touching real rock in so long....aaarrrggghhhhhh...
Orion

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
  Jan 28, 2008 - 03:40pm PT
Wow, that was really awesome.
I like that there are no descriptions, it let's the images speak and you form the tale in your own mind. Lot's of great shots and lots of work done to get them.

Thanks for sharing!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Jan 28, 2008 - 03:43pm PT
Awesome!!!
Climbswithtits

Social climber
Fresno
  Jan 28, 2008 - 03:45pm PT
Great Photos. Thanks for sharing!
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
  Jan 28, 2008 - 03:49pm PT
Bad to the bone™
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
  Jan 28, 2008 - 04:07pm PT
Yeah, good trip.
sweatyballs

Trad climber
  Jan 28, 2008 - 05:27pm PT
Killer pics! I am scared of the Zodiac (after taking a 30 footer on the first pitch) but want to do it! Good work!
piquaclimber

Trad climber
SEKI
  Jan 28, 2008 - 05:45pm PT
Excellent photos! Thanks for sharing your trip.

I especially like the summit double-high-five... good stuff.
Festus

Social climber
Enron by the Sea
  Jan 28, 2008 - 08:10pm PT
Bump, on merit!


And in fairness to Phil Mickelson, that JT shot could be almost anyone on the PGA tour except Tiger.


edit: Or it could be Fattrad!
Orion

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
  Jan 28, 2008 - 08:18pm PT
I just took a second scroll through and there are some really interesting shots of the climbing here. I think one of the best is the old piece of tat with a new piece of tat tied to it that the climber below is about to clip. It really shows another element of climbing that doesn't get portrayed very much from an interesting perspective.

I'm going to keep these shots in mind when I'm talking pictures on my climbs. The taco has taught me two things about climbing pictures now, vary the perspective and take more pictures of the friends you go climbing with.
E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Author's Reply  Jan 28, 2008 - 09:04pm PT
Orion,

Thanks for noticing that. After my partner Martin brilliantly led the Nipple pitch, I took the lead on the "Mark of Zorro" pitch which was incredibly steep, and with a lot of fixed mank.
I remember Corey Rich hanging in space and snapping shots as I peered up at that rusty old old rurp with a newer sling slung around the knotted sling of the rurp. What else to do but clip and go !! That particularly ancient piece got you through the steep stuff and onto the upper headwall. I'm thinking that rurp had to be left by the other Porter on the first ascent !!!


Cracko
Mike.

climber
  Jan 29, 2008 - 10:20am PT
Buncha great shots.

Nice job on the root. Thanks for posting, E.L.!
Big Kahuna

Ice climber
Hell Hardest climb I did was getting out of bed.
  Jan 30, 2008 - 12:58am PT
Awesome! Nice send great pic's
Robb

Social climber
It's Ault or Nunn south of Shy Annie
  Jan 30, 2008 - 01:22am PT
Brought back a lot of memories I haven't felt for many years. Excellent job guys!
Zod, class of '82
WanderlustMD

Trad climber
New England
  Jan 30, 2008 - 02:57pm PT
I remember those shots from the mags! Nice to the rest, as well as some backstory.

Cheers!
SamSeal

Trad climber
Harrison, New York
  Mar 3, 2008 - 05:28pm PT
Bob! Doug forwarded me this thread. It is great to see those pictures again, brings back some great memories. I've got your email now, and will shoot you an update. Lots going on. /Martin
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Mar 3, 2008 - 05:34pm PT
Nice shots, EL...excellent perspectives.
Stanley Hassinger

climber
Eastern US
  Mar 3, 2008 - 06:24pm PT
Thanks for the great post! Any chance the NPR story is archived somewhere? I'd love to have a listen.

SH
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
  Mar 3, 2008 - 09:08pm PT
That was great- I liked the wire on the bolt shot best
murf
Zander

climber
  Mar 3, 2008 - 09:13pm PT
Looks nice up there! thanks for posting.
Z
salad

Big Wall climber
  Mar 3, 2008 - 10:40pm PT
just saw this.. fantastic shots!
Kartch

climber
belgrade, mt
  Mar 3, 2008 - 11:50pm PT
That was sweeeet!!!

I wish Patagonia still made those ugly caps. They were never popular with the ladies but they functioned perfectly.
Cracko

Trad climber
Quartz Hill, California
  Mar 4, 2008 - 12:29am PT
Stanley,

Tried to get the NPR audio recordings but could never track down Jason Parr. Don't know if he still works for NPR. Also don't know if they ever aired it.

Martin,

So good to hear from you !! I got your email and will be responding as soon as I get my sh&t together !! And...I don't want to hear about you feeling old at 50. Damit! I just turned 55 and I'm gonna get up the Captain this year again come hell or high water. I think you need to join me. Much safer than getting hit by cars while cycling around !!! Hope all is well with you and look forward to talking.


Cracko
Cracko

Trad climber
Quartz Hill, California
  Mar 4, 2008 - 02:34pm PT
Kartch,

Those Patagonia hats are the bomb!! Fit under a helmet like no other hat. Feather lite and they really breathe. Still have mine but need to find another. Does anyone else make anything close ??

Cracko
MZiebell

Social climber
Prescott, AZ
  Mar 6, 2008 - 08:15am PT
bump
hossjulia

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
  Mar 6, 2008 - 09:38am PT
Thanks for the bump Mziebell.
Finn has been trying to talk me into doing some aid. Never have. If I keep looking at these killer TR's, just might happen. I could smell the granite.

AWESOME!
Mike.

climber
  Mar 18, 2008 - 11:42pm PT
Lemme know what's up, Cracko...

= ]
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Mar 19, 2008 - 12:33am PT
Groove...That was My 1st El Cap rt. I still think it has some really beautiful features. Thx all!
Orion

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
  May 27, 2008 - 09:19pm PT
Bump

because this is one of the best photo TR's of big wall climbing on this site!
Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
  May 28, 2008 - 02:14pm PT
Some of the finest climbing photography I've ever seen. Well done. Your composition is so much better than the typical gratuitous posed stuff. Brings back the memories...
Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
  May 28, 2008 - 04:04pm PT
awesome - those pics hit like a ton-o-bricks...

wow
Cracko

Trad climber
Quartz Hill, California
  Apr 13, 2009 - 02:15pm PT
Sorry, but done with all the recent OT "bitchfests", so bumping my own thread !!

Cracko
Pate

Trad climber
  Apr 13, 2009 - 02:29pm PT
great tr. photographer did you guys right!
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno
  Apr 13, 2009 - 02:38pm PT
Too many damn photos!!! This thread almost crashed my computer - it was *actually* smoking as I pulled the plug from the back of it. Now that it's cooled down and restarted, the OS won't load, and I'm certain it erased all the files on my drive and my monitor will no longer power on. I hope my car's OK. It was in the garage, after all, when I clicked the link to this thread... You'll be getting a visit from the NSA and Homeland Security soon, buddy!

Nice TR! :)
Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
  Apr 13, 2009 - 02:55pm PT
Thanks so much!! Those are great photos that really capture the true character of that climb!

Zodiac was my first wall - I did it the summer after finishing high school back in 1994. Those photos bring back so many parts of the route that I'd long since forgotten - the scary blank sections, the wonderful discovery of a #1 cam placement, the learning to use hooks, careful scrutiny of a fixed copper head (hmm... do I trust this thing?), all that great stuff!

Cracko

Trad climber
Quartz Hill, California
  Apr 13, 2009 - 03:21pm PT
Nefarius,

As "edgy" as I am these days, your post made me laugh!! I guess that is the value of all these Fing "OT" posts on ST these days! Thanks


Cracko
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Apr 14, 2009 - 11:20am PT
Right on I scored and found a great thread to start my day...loved how the pictures told the tale. Nice work!
rincon

Trad climber
Coarsegold
  May 27, 2009 - 01:29am PT
Nice pictures.
Oxymoron

Big Wall climber
total Disarray
  May 27, 2009 - 08:12am PT
Good stuff, Bubba.....Thanks
couchmaster

climber
  May 27, 2009 - 11:39am PT
How awesome sh#t like this gets quickly relegated to the back pages is a mystery to me. Currently the top post is "Clash of Civilizations" post number 423 or so....F&$X@!!! we can read the F&$X@ news that clash sh#t with Arab and Israeli Iraqi news is all over it. You can
t take a dump without seeing it on the bathroom wall. Never see this kind of quality on the regular news and rarely even here though.....

Thanks for the bump, can't believe I missed it first go round!
Double D

climber
  May 27, 2009 - 11:54am PT
Wow, great photos! They really give the "feel" of what it's like up there. Hats off to Corey!
perswig

climber
  May 27, 2009 - 01:01pm PT
A+++.

What a great mix of perspectives, could taste the grit.
Thanks for the bump.
Dale
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
  May 27, 2009 - 03:27pm PT
Another bump.

What's this monkey business? Looks like an A5 move.




Thanks for posting this awesome trip report.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  May 27, 2009 - 05:44pm PT
Besides the one Gunkie posted above, this is one of my favorites:



east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
  May 27, 2009 - 06:46pm PT
great photos, Zodiac- most fun I ever had on a route. Hope to see my partner on that route ,John Fowler this weekend in the Valley, been a long time.
PhotogEC

climber
In front of my computer
  Jul 4, 2009 - 04:00am PT
Bump

Love this pic:

BriGuy

climber
black hills, south dakota
  Jul 4, 2009 - 07:21pm PT
zodiac kicks ass
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
  Jul 4, 2009 - 08:44pm PT
Thanks for bumping this thread.. I totally missed it last year.. seing it for the first time today.. really great photos...

mentioned NPR.. mentioned Corey Rich...


This was a great set of photos..

Thanks
mark miller

Social climber
Reno
  Jul 4, 2009 - 08:57pm PT
Awesome photos.
Please look down, from the top, that old #4 Black camelot and look closely for fractures. I found mine riddled with hairline fractures after reading about them in a thread a few years ago. Retired 3 ol style Camelot's immediately.
powen01

Trad climber
Louisville, KY
  Jul 5, 2009 - 01:00am PT
Brilliant TR. BUMP.
PhotogEC

climber
In front of my computer
  Jul 10, 2009 - 02:43pm PT
Another bump, just because I like it.
Pate

Trad climber
  Oct 2, 2009 - 09:08pm PT
bump. so good.
rrider

climber
Mckinleyville, Ca
  Oct 2, 2009 - 11:11pm PT
incredible. I like the one of the guy testing the ancient rurp, and the two prior shots. The grim look in their eyes, the off-balance stretches with a heavy rack. Helmeted focus timeless as the Illiad. Magic.
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Feb 16, 2010 - 02:47pm PT
Great shots!
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
  Feb 17, 2010 - 12:25am PT
great pics, thanks
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
  Feb 18, 2010 - 12:29pm PT
Wow, some great pics...No words need to be written, the pictures speak for themselves .

thanks for the bump...
BriGuy

climber
black hills, south dakota
  Dec 23, 2011 - 07:29pm PT
Zodiac still kicks ass
LuckyNeck

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
  Feb 10, 2012 - 12:51am PT
I been cruisin' this site for years and I just now found this TR. I feel like I been cheated.

Awesome.

The last 7 photos in particular, outstanding.
Easy Wind

Trad climber
Oakland, California
  Nov 20, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
Bump for some classy photographs.
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