Climbing The Nose, El Capitan

Oct 17th 2014 — California,Climbing,Walls,Yosemite — 8:53 pm

4 days and 3 nights at the end of September.

These pictures are from the first 2 days.

The photos of us on the wall are courtesy of Tom Evans at www.elcapreport.com.

Big thanks to Richard for being such a cool dude and great climbing partner.

01_Dolt_tower 02_El_Cap_tower_selfie 03_el_cap_tower_clouds 04_el_cap_tower_bivy 05_texas_flake 06_Richard_Boot_flake DCIM100GOPRO 08_michael_king_swing DCIM100GOPRO 10_belay_before_camp_4 11_Richard_camp_four 12_Richard_climb

2 Comments »

  1. DID YOU EVER FALL? WHAT IS BACK CLEANING? THESE SHOTS MAKE IT LOOK EVEN MORE CRAZY THANKS.

    Comment by Busy S — October 18, 2014 @ 11:39 pm
  2. No we never fell. We were either aid climbing and usually pretty firmly attached to the rock, or free-climbing stuff that we were pretty sure we weren’t gonna fall on. I wasn’t comfortable enough to push fee-climbing to a point where I was going to take a fall. The feeling of being so high was a bit unsettling.

    Re: “Backcleaning” Usually when you climb a pitch you leave gear every so often for the rope to catch on if you fall. On that pitch after the king swing I was aiding it and always had at least two pieces that I knew weren’t going to pull out. So instead of leaving gear in the rock (which would have been a pain for Richard to clean) I removed everything as I climbed past it. So when I got to the anchors for the pitch the rope is running straight to Richard at the top of the boot flake. Everything becomes a bit easier and faster, especially since Richard had to go sideways and a bit down to get to me.

    I am seriously grateful to Tom Evans. The pictures he took are some of my favorites because the rock just looks so awesome, and it is!

    Comment by Michael Sulock — October 19, 2014 @ 8:57 am

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