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El Capitan


Yosemite Valley, California USA


Trip Report
The Road to El Capitan
Thursday April 16, 2015 2:21am
Having read a number of trip reports on here before we went to Yosemite the Autumn before last I thought I should share our story.

https://alpinegearreview.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/the-road-to-el-capitan/

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Fultonius
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Jones in LA

Mountain climber
Tarzana, California
  Apr 16, 2015 - 06:50am PT
Excellent read, excellent adventure! I must confess my palms got a bit sweaty toward the end. Thanks for sharing this!

Rich Jones
overwatch

climber
Arizona
  Apr 16, 2015 - 07:09am PT
Got a real link for us phone users?
climbski2

Mountain climber
The Ocean
  Apr 16, 2015 - 08:09am PT
Seems you got the full Yosemite experience.. rangers and all. Well written, had me laughing, nervous and flashbacking..The perseverance was great. Grats!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
  Apr 16, 2015 - 08:26am PT
http://alpinegearreview.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/the-road-to-el-capitan/
rincon

climber
Coarsegold
  Apr 16, 2015 - 08:52am PT
Nice report. Felt like I was reliving my own experience 20 years ago doing the same routes and even getting off route on the last pitch of the Zodiac. Isn't leading in blocks just for speed climbing? I've always just swapped leads every pitch.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Apr 16, 2015 - 09:44am PT
Nice report, thank you for sharing
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
  Apr 16, 2015 - 10:26am PT
Really enjoyed reading this. Good job you guys!

Fultonius

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Author's Reply  Apr 16, 2015 - 10:30am PT
Glad you all liked it. It's a bit long, but I just got carried away writing.

Yeah, "block leading" was what all the cool kids seemed to be doing. We just hadn't realised they weren't doing it on 5 day ascents of Zodiac...
crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
  Apr 16, 2015 - 10:42am PT
Good stuff! Yeah, it's been about 30+ years since you could sleep in your car in the Valley without being hassled. And the NE Buttress of HCR as your warm-up - impressive.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
  Apr 16, 2015 - 11:30am PT
Very nice writing, thanks.

DMT
klymber97

Trad climber
Golden, Colorado
  Aug 31, 2015 - 08:26pm PT
Great story, Thanks for sharing.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Aug 31, 2015 - 09:26pm PT
I'm still savoring it, but: good start!
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El Capitan - Zodiac A2 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
1800' of fantastic climbing.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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