How we spent the 4th of July. That and eating pie with ice cream. 13,061 ft high but Tioga Road does most of that work for you.
The plan was to do it in a day.
We left the apartment at 4:30am on Tuesday and got back at 3:00pm on Wednesday.
From the route description on Mountain Project:
The Steck-Salathe truly deserves its status as one of the “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America”. Everything from the climbing itself to the many stories of adventure had on the north face of the Sentinel makes this climb a must-do for any aspiring Valley climber — if not a route to be repeated again and again, it certainly should at least be seen as a rite of passage. The climb’s reputation for being long, wide, and physical is well deserved, but the quality of that climbing, the position one achieves, and the overall sense of adventure the route offers should not be understated.
Big ups to my roommate and friend Stewart Williams for being such a baller.
The first day of my life climbing on El Capitan. Perfect weather. Thrutched my way up the first two pitches of Zodiac.
Featuring maneuvers such as cam hooking, a horizontal roof section, many many offset cam placements, and even a bit of free climbing!
Life is good right now. I am not responsible for any of this beauty but I would love for you to come and enjoy it with me.
These were all taken during the last two days, mostly from Tioga Road. The land is emerging sooner than usual after a mild winter.
A day of adventure with 2 incredible human beings.
Many photos and general awesomeness courtesy of Ben and Lindsey.
They travel a lot and write about it here: