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El Capitan


Yosemite Valley, California USA


Trip Report
we survived the zodiac killer!
Monday July 29, 2013 1:27pm
so after me and jaysen did the nose we both were addicted to el cap. neither of us had done c3 or ever used a hammer for beaks and such... so what better to do then zodiac! there was great weather (even used my down jacket a couple of times) and no crowds so it was smooth sailen! we took out 5 useless heads that were less then 2 inches away from bomb C1 placements. we decided to flip a coin on the ground and swap leads from there and off I went on the first pitch!

not so inspiring for a first peice
not so inspiring for a first peice
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say good by to the ground!
say good by to the ground!
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me on the first pitch.
me on the first pitch.
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jaysen jugging pitch 1
jaysen jugging pitch 1
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jaysen flyen through that traverse!
jaysen flyen through that traverse!
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me haven a rather relax belay sesh on dead bird ledge!
me haven a rather relax belay sesh on dead bird ledge!
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if anyone wants this sucker its theres, someone left it stuck in a cra...
if anyone wants this sucker its theres, someone left it stuck in a crack and I just lost patience.
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me leaden around pitch 4?
me leaden around pitch 4?
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the black tower is said to be rather "hardcore" but it was filled with...
the black tower is said to be rather "hardcore" but it was filled with fixed beaks.
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guide tennies up high!
guide tennies up high!
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a strange fire caused smoke in the valley.
a strange fire caused smoke in the valley.
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the grey circle ahead!
the grey circle ahead!
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jaysen leading into some scary places!
jaysen leading into some scary places!
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me above the flying buttress! best pitch Iv ever lead!
me above the flying buttress! best pitch Iv ever lead!
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jaysen on the nipple pitch, GO JAYSEN!
jaysen on the nipple pitch, GO JAYSEN!
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getting farther on the nipple!
getting farther on the nipple!
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jaysen is seeming to get the hang of these little guys!
jaysen is seeming to get the hang of these little guys!
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the grey circle aint grey, its green!
the grey circle aint grey, its green!
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Credit: whitemeat
the nose!
the nose!
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the seas of granite
the seas of granite
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the devils brow
the devils brow
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have fun on that jaysen! hahaha
have fun on that jaysen! hahaha
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Credit: whitemeat
wana be pancake flake
wana be pancake flake
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me looking back at jaysen while leading the second to last pitch
me looking back at jaysen while leading the second to last pitch
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Credit: whitemeat
we are SO CLOSE!
we are SO CLOSE!
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stoked to be on top!
stoked to be on top!
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best top out on el cap baby! well I only have 1 to compare it to!
best top out on el cap baby! well I only have 1 to compare it to!
Credit: whitemeat

special thanks to Eric Sloan for letting us use his gear and feeding us some high quality snacks when we made it down and looking out for us when we were up there!

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whitemeat is a trad climber from San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Onewhowalksonrocks

Mountain climber
In the middle of the ocean
  Jul 29, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
Good going you guys.

How many days or hours did you take?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Jul 29, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Yeah baby!
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
  Jul 29, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
Nice work. Cam hooks seem to be your friends.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Jul 29, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
Way to go guys!
TFPU
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
  Jul 29, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Rad!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jul 29, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Pretty sure we saw you guys....you are tooooooo much...keep it up and stay SAFE! Love it

Susan
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
  Jul 29, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
Way to go! You're not going to be able to play the beginner card anymore.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Jul 29, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
Great pics, and great job, you guys. Thanks much.

John
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jul 29, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
Quick work, nice!
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
  Jul 29, 2013 - 03:19pm PT

Great trip report, fun read, nice shots.

keep'm coming !
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
  Jul 29, 2013 - 03:35pm PT
You guys are pretty dedicated to climb in that heat!

Take a break. You guys got plenty of time, and about 50 more years of climbing in front of you.

Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jul 29, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
Nice Y'all your on a roll!!!!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Jul 29, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
There some swingin meat in this TR!..;-)
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Jul 29, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
AWESOME! Congrats on ze send!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Jul 29, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
Excellent work removing those heads, btw.
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
  Jul 29, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
Nice job on your first time up Zodiac guys! I know it won't be the last!!
moacman

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  Jul 29, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
Keep up the good work lads....looks like a sweet climb.....
A5scott

Trad climber
Chicago
  Jul 29, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
awesome work guys! way to crush it... I hope you found your wallet, and sorry for my dumb ass comment about that at your truck... looking forward to seeing more from you guys!

scott
fat-n-sassy

Social climber
San Francity, CA
  Jul 29, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
MEAT MEAT MEAT
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:25am PT
I knew wall climbing was over-hyped (look at that babyfaced OP). How hard could it be?
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:47am PT
Awesome guys! The Zod is always a fun ride.

If you put a pigtail on your Fifi where the hole is, it's easier to pull it from the daisy each time. I use a bright color piece of cord so you can see it better. Anyway, just a tip.

Cheers!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Jul 30, 2013 - 12:55am PT
With the hammers danglin.

Nice!


Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Jul 30, 2013 - 09:41am PT
Go Mickey!!!

you're sucking the marrow outta summer now!

HELL YEAH!!!
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
  Jul 30, 2013 - 10:29am PT
Good job Meat!
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
  Jul 30, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
wtf my sh#t dissapeared? THE MONKEYS ARE SENDING!!!
Easy Wind

Trad climber
Oakland, California
  Jul 30, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Most Excelllllent!
David Delkeskamp

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo
  Aug 18, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
I wanna be like Meat
Crazy Bat

Sport climber
Birmingham, AL & Seweanee, TN
  Aug 18, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
Good Job! Great photos! Glad to see you got back on the Cap.

Myrna, the skirt.
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
  Aug 18, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
Great pics!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Aug 18, 2013 - 09:36pm PT
Apparently Meat and Jaysen just survived the Shield also.
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