this would be our 3rd attempt...too many people and slow climbers made us abort other attempts. so we three actually fixed the first two P's with our double ropes and then slept. woke, jugged up and found that someone (who used the rope to descend that night)had stolen all the hardware that had been attaching the ropes. they tied a funky knot around a tree (not even a climbers knot) in place of the gear. also left the lower rope lying in the mud, instead of putting it back on the knob off the ground. bad carma for them to climb on stolen gear! regardless, we scampered up these two lines quickly and were well ahead of the crowd...it was 5 AM though. nice route and hung out til sunset, then rapped down the steep face under a full moon.
A great route & one of the finist intros to long Valley routes. I've been up it twice but still haven't made the link up with North Dome directly above. Has the ~45min. round trip record been broken yet?
A buddy and I did the route in fine weather in 8 hours. There was a balack and white California Kingsnake near the top rap rings that scared the crap out of me as I was 70 from my last piece. A great day out though.