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.
"No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep coming back and back until one of you is dead."