Route Climbed: Royal Arches Date Climbed: Summer 2002
Free-soloed the route. Well, not really because I grabbed the fixed rope at the pendulum. The route is more of a scramble with a few steep parts than it is a rock climb. Still, it's quite worthwhile. Descended the horrible North Dome Gully.
I've been up this 3 times, and my 1st 2 rookie efforts were much more epic than they should have been. Once in the dark, once in the dark with rain/snow, and the last time it finally went smoothly (and relatively fast) in the daylight.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe