Friday, November 28, 2008

On the last day of our trip to Yosemite last June we decided we couldn't leave without having done the Nose (of El Capitan). Probably the most famous single rock climb in the world it is just on 1000m long. Although originally climbed over more than 40 days over several years and these days most people spend an average of 3 days on it, we were intent on doing it in a day having never been on it before. We packed enough food and water for a big day on the wall, got up at about 4:30 in the morning and got started. After about an hour or so we realised we may have slightly miscalculated, we were already a quarter of the way up the route. We were in shock. The 7 weeks in the Valley must have really got us into the swing of it all. This shot is of Jake seconding the classic Great Roof pitch while I've already started leading up the Pancake Flake with a very large loop of rope as a belay. We topped out after 6 hours and 44 minutes. That day of climbing would have to be one of the most memorable and fun ever, to climb up that many classic pitch's in one day with a great pal is hard to beat.

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