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Red Dihedral Photo TR

 
Red Dihedral Photo TR

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: California, United States, North America

Object Title: Red Dihedral Photo TR

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 1, 2010

Activities: Trad Climbing

Season: Summer

 

Page By: rpc

Created/Edited: Aug 3, 2010 / Aug 6, 2010

Object ID: 645136

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Page Score: 83.69%  - 17 Votes 

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The Red Dihedral
The Red Dihedral
 
The Red Dihedral
P3
 
The Red Dihedral
P6
 
Incredible Hulk
 
 
The Red Dihedral
 

Sacramento airport just before 10pm on Friday night and a long line at the Alamo rental counter. A night time drive over the Sierra crest while enjoying the anchor leg of the Swan Thieves on audio. 2 am arrival in Bridgeport and a couple hours of sleep in the front seats of the rental on the shoulder of 395 briefly interrupted by a (polite) visit from CHP. First in line (out of 1…what, no crowds?) at the ranger station in the morning and a quick breakfast in some dive in town. Smooth hike up to the base of the Hulk – thankfully disregarding the Supertopo beta for the final part of the approach (go right of the cliffs, not left or through them). Three parties on the face: on The Polish Route, on Positive Vibrations, and on the Red Dihedral (our line of choice). A large dinner in camp and an early wake up on Sunday. First ones on route. Resuscitation efforts on one camera fail - shit. The short pitch before dihedral is hard already and the dihedral itself is pretty damn sustained (& not clean style-wise for me). Feeling effects of altitude. Splitter above looks pretty but hand-size it’s not (at least for me)! Rest of the pitches are OK but not too memorable. The birth canal at top is plenty large even for a fatass like me. Top out in the afternoon and back in camp by 5. Hiking out by 6 and make it to within a mile of trailhead before headlamps come out. 9:30pm at Rhino’s for pizza and a 2am arrival in a Mo’6 in Sacramento (feeling effects of pizza all the way and through the brief night). A 4am wake up call and a pre-work 6am flight home. Wish we could climb more in the Sierras. The end.

Some Photos...

Incredible Hulk
Shirley on the final boulder field approach to The Hulk (looming on left) on Saturday.
Incredible Hulk
Nearly at the base of The Hulk with a cool (steep!) granite tower in the background.
Incredible Hulk
Relaxing in camp and watching three different parties on three different routes!
Polish Route
...like these two dudes on the spectacular looking Polish Route (5.10+)
The Red Dihedral
...and a couple on the Red Dihedral route (P4).
Incredible Hulk
Shirley admiring the Hulk in the late afternoon the day prior to our climb.
The Red Dihedral
Sunday morning & we're off...this is the start of pitch 2 of The Red Dihedral.
The Red Dihedral
Starting up the namesake dihedral pitch on The Red Dihedral.
The Red Dihedral
View of us on the dihedral pitch from basecamp.
The Red Dihedral
Nearing the top and the crux of the route (pitch 3...our 4).
The Red Dihedral
Shirley at the belay atop the crux dihedral pitch...starting pitch 4.
The Red Dihedral
Shirley nearing the top of pitch 4.
The Red Dihedral
Starting pitch 5...we went up the obvious splitter but you can also apparently go left.
The Red Dihedral
Shirley following the "shattered pillar" pitch (#6 I think).
The Red Dihedral
Nearing the top of pitch 6.
The Red Dihedral
Shirley belaying the 7th pitch...one that took us to the ridge of The Hulk.
The Red Dihedral
Approaching the notch on the 7th pitch.
The Red Dihedral
Topping out in a notch in The Hulk's ridge.
The Red Dihedral
Shirley making light of the squeeze through move at the very top of the route (yeah, it wasn't that bad even for me).
Incredible Hulk
Starting down the SE ridge on the descent.
Incredible Hulk
Hiking out.

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rhyangNice work !

rhyang

Voted 10/10

We were up in that vicinity on Thurs/Friday doing Matterhorn, just before you got into town .. great minds think alike :)
Posted Aug 4, 2010 9:39 am

rpcRe: Nice work !

rpc

Hasn't voted

Hi Rob,
yup indeed :) ...though I DO think about the fine Sierra climbing most weekends in the summer time! thanks for visiting!
Posted Aug 4, 2010 10:54 am

Sarah SimonSmiles!

Sarah Simon

Voted 10/10

You know, I really appreciate the fact that Shirley is ALWAYS SMILING in your photos. Looks like you guys are having a blast here. Thanks for sharing the TR and photos.

Sarah
Posted Aug 5, 2010 12:11 pm

rpcRe: Smiles!

rpc

Hasn't voted

Thanks Sarah - yeah, let Shirley out of the office & the smiling does not end :) (same for me I guess)
Cheers.
Posted Aug 5, 2010 12:19 pm

ClimbandBikeGreat Photo TR!

ClimbandBike

Hasn't voted

You guys are getting after it and inspiring as always.
Posted Aug 6, 2010 12:59 pm

rpcRe: Great Photo TR!

rpc

Hasn't voted

thanks Pat - you been keeping busy this summer as well eh...knocking off the N. Cascade classics!
Posted Aug 6, 2010 1:14 pm

cp0915Geesh

cp0915

Voted 10/10

I love the Friday afternoon fly-outs, the squeezed-in climbing, and the spastic, urgent returns you guys put yourselves through. No time like the present! Inspiring, man.
Posted Aug 10, 2010 5:07 pm

rpcRe: Geesh

rpc

Hasn't voted

thanks Courtney.
"spastic" really summarizes it well!! :)
Posted Aug 10, 2010 5:24 pm

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