Surrealistic Pillar Direct Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2015
My very first lead at Lovers and going to be hard to beat. Great pitch. Linked with Travelers and all I can still think about was this pitch. I almost pulled a wild no hands mantel before I noticed chalk that followed the hand/finger rail out right to the hand crack finish. I continued on with a 70m rope to get out of the way of a threesome on the 5.7. Basically soloing the 2nd pitch to avoid rope drag, I combined the direct with the 5.8 variation 2nd pitch to a large ledge on the arete, with inches to spare. Told my 2nd to be prepared to simul but don't think she had to.
Climbed with my friend K. Chaltikian on a sunny summer day.
Pretty strenuous for me. We traversed under the overhang, which made it harder -- we both hung several times. Afterwards K. toproped it and found it easier to continue up to the piton and then traverse over.