Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lurking Fear

Pete and I started our odyssey on El Cap with Joel helping us get established on the wall. We climbed Lurking Fear (VI 5.10 C2) over four days sleeping on the portaledge at night. The first half of the route is steep and exposed with sustained thin cracks and two great traverses, the second part of the route takes on a different character, mostly free climbing with a solitary alpine feel. We lucked out and saw no other people...hard work and an incredible experience!

Day 1, Pitch 3
Pete makes a pendy with Joel belaying

D2, P7
Pete traverses high over The Valley

D2 P5
Pete leads an amazing splitter crack!

D3, P10
Sending a tricky roof

D4, P18
Nearing the top of the climb

D4 Summit
1st Cap route for Pete and Neil!
Thoroughly addicted...

You've got to go down!
Still heavy...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Yosemite Valley

Valley sunset
The Capitan
Joel leading P3 New Diversions
Joel following P4 New Diversions

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Whitney Portal and Incredible Hulk

Whitney, Keeler Needle, Day Needle
Cardiovascular Seizure follows the obvious right facing corner to chimney. At 14,000ft., the crux is garanteed to raise your BP.
Star Trekking, Mount Russel...
The Incredible Hulk sunset.