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Yosemite Valley, California USA


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SALATHE WALL, YAYUH!!!!!
Friday June 21, 2013 12:29pm
I'm too lazy to format my TR to supertopo's liking, but if you want to read a TR on the Salathe click below and flame away for my laziness!

http://alixmorris.blogspot.com/2013/06/summer-travels-yosemite-valley-and.html

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cellardoor
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cellardoor is a trad climber from berkeley,ca.

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Mark K

Social climber
San Marcos, California
  Jun 21, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
So much psyche!
jfailing

Trad climber
PDX, North Slope, The Open Road
  Jun 21, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
Cool TR! Was digging the stoke level.
Horvath

Trad climber
CA
  Jun 21, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
atta girl!!!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
  Jun 21, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
Alix,

The pitch above Hollow Flake is (or was?) actually friendly if you avoid the chimney and climb the arete on the left. There are lots of face holds out there and a crack where you can place lots of pro.
I've led that twice - in 1985 and 2007.
http://picasaweb.google.com/cgchan/ElCapSalatheJune200702
In 2007, my partner Chris (Chan) was starting to lead up the pitch - wearing hiking boots and going deep into the chimney. I made her come back down, telling her that was not the right way to go. She was kinda angry about that, and I don't blame her. But I didn't think the pitch should be a desperate struggle when it could be done easily.

I gave her the next couple of pitches to make up for it.

I don't know about the white Xs on flakes and the moving flake that you mentioned, though. Maybe things got loose on the arete and it's not safe there anymore.
That would be a bummer, as the chimney looks very burly.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Jun 21, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
Alix,

I knew this was you when I saw the "Yayuh!" in the title. Thanks for sharing your adventures. It was fun chillin with yall after my defeat. See you again soon hopefully!

Scott
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Jun 21, 2013 - 05:19pm PT
Grats! Isn't that a fantastic wall? That headwall pitch is so so superb.. and the little alcove funkiness after had me right back there

Anyway Thanks a bunch for posting.

Home is where the heart is

Yosemite
Raafie

Big Wall climber
Portland, OR
  Jun 21, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
I think I chatted with you and a friend in the Manure Pile Buttress parking lot after I came down from Zodiac in early May. It was that stretch of three wet days just after two beautiful sunny ones. You must be!

Great job on doing the Salathe, and thanks for the trip report!
WeakEnd Warrior

Trad climber
El Cap via Detroit
  Jun 22, 2013 - 01:44am PT
Team Detroit was psyched to get you your shoe back. I figured when I rapped in on you taking a dump and you were totally nonchalant it must be good karma. Freerider was INCREDIBLE! I still need to go back and free the Headwall, so maybe I'll see you back on The Captain.

Doug in the D
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  Jun 22, 2013 - 02:05am PT
Not possible to flame such a great TR. Thanks!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jun 22, 2013 - 12:59pm PT
A great, great TR, Miss Alix, sorry about the elbow but it sure didn't slow you down...
Thanks for the share. ...

Susan
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
  Jun 23, 2013 - 02:11am PT
yayuh, indeed.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Jun 23, 2013 - 10:59am PT
Great TR, Alix.

It was great to meet you and thanks for your help getting our stuff down from Lurking Fear.
cellardoor

Trad climber
berkeley,ca
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
Team Detroit was psyched to get you your shoe back. I figured when I rapped in on you taking a dump and you were totally nonchalant it must be good karma. Freerider was INCREDIBLE! I still need to go back and free the Headwall, so maybe I'll see you back on The Captain.

Doug in the D/quote]

Thanks Again so much Doug! It was great to chat with ya on the wall.


think I chatted with you and a friend in the Manure Pile Buttress parking lot after I came down from Zodiac in early May. It was that stretch of three wet days just after two beautiful sunny ones. You must be!

Great job on doing the Salathe, and thanks for the trip report!

Raafie, yes, that was us! It was awesome to talk to you after Zodiac!
Raafie

Big Wall climber
Portland, OR
  Jun 24, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
Cool! You two had such positive energy--just what a guy needed after the slog down east ledges with a full haul bag. Keep up the writing. And enjoy the adventure. . . . .
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Jun 24, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
Proud Alex

Great to see you getting it this year.

STill got that duct tape jacket? Still alive and kickin?
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
  Jun 24, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Great trip report Alix!

Having just done Salathe a month or so ago I was able to relive each pitch from a different perspective.

Thanks for sharing.
eKat

Trad climber
  Nov 11, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
BBST!

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