For those of you who regularly read our blog you know it is often Brenda doing the writing. Today we switch things up a bit and share a trip report of climbing on the Salathe Wall in Yosemite written by Marc.
About every year for the past several years I’ve tried to get up El Cap. Some years have been more successful than others. This past years attempt was on the Salathe Wall, a classic line on the west side of El Cap in Yosemite National Park. The Salathe wall is a significant part of climbing history in the valley, being the second route on El Cap and the first one climbed without fixed lines to the ground. I set out to climb it in September with the two friends I’ve done all my climbing in Yosemite with. We convened in the valley in late September hoping for good weather and few people. Things didn’t exactly go according to plan. The first day, we climbed the free blast only to find at least 4 haul bags on Heart ledges and several teams already on the route. While our optimism was dampened, we decided to try and push past the crowds hoping to get ahead of the cluster that would no doubt insue. Our late night climbing tactics proved successful and we were able to get ahead. The next day, we headed up past the ear, hoping to make it to El Cap Spire (the ultra classic free standing pinnacle that balances several feet of the main wall of El Cap). When we arrived at dusk we were discouraged to see that a team had just rappelled down and snagged our sleeping spot. They had been displaced from their sleeping spot by a team above them. Things were getting down right ridiculous with something like 7 parties on the route! We ended up sharing a bivy in the alcove for the night and bailing the next day from pitch 20. We will no doubt be back another year, but hopefully things won’t be so jammed up! The popularity of climbing is awesome in some ways but a bummer in others. It’s great to have so many friends interested in the sport but frustrating when classic lines are so busy they become unclimbable. I guess it’s time to venture further out to find untouched backcountry granite! Enjoy the photos below showing the journey!
We hope you enjoyed hearing about this past years trip up El Cap! We also hope you enjoy hearing about our other adventures, there are certainly more to come!
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