My first valley route
Nice route with a surprisingly hard first pitch. Great weather and no crowds in the early AM.
Decided to make this my first valley lead on a really hot day. Big mistake. I was able to get up it but was scared shitless. I would chalk up and by the time my hand was in the crack the chalk was white mud. I found part way up the first pitch to be awkward, forcing you onto the face a bit. We opted to do the escape at pitch 3 due to the heat.
One of my first multi-pitch in the Valley.
We started with After Seven (which was a fun climb) to pass parties. The rest were super mellow...
Dumped all my water on the first pitch, which was the hardest, but enjoyed the rest of the climb.
Such a great route. I soloed this and Jump for Joy next door one day after my week-long Valley partner pulled up lame the first day of our trip. Must go back and do it with a rope.
good times in the sun
Sweet route! Trivial after the first pitch. With a slow and less than safe party ahead of us I led "After 7" with WML because, well, I am impatient.
After waiting for some other party to get going on the first pitch, AlpineAffinity lead the first pitch of After Seven to pass the other party and cruised the fun stuff after that. Some awkward climbing but mostly outstanding. After Seven is STELLAR, but not for the faint at heart
Friend of mine and I were poking along up this route, while Peter Croft was guiding a family below us. He got so tired of waiting for us that he cleaned our gear and passed us. I was rebuked for placing my gear in too difficult spots for my beginning climbing friend to clean. Thus can I say I've 'climbed' with one of the greats.
Have led this one twice. Know how to hand jam on the first pitch. I understand that this pitch used to be rated 5.6 before a tree in the middle fell off. It's slick in places. Seems to be a popular route for guides.
The upper pitches are a fun and easy cruise -- in fact I did my first trad leads on the Manure Pile. Nice views, usually windy on top.
Best guess on the date. Did with Mark and Natasha. As I recall the first pitch was the crux down low, after that it was a fun cruise on a sunny day. We made rude comments about Chouinard and the origin of the route name on every ledge. ;- )
I forget the exact date. This was one of my first multi-pitch climbs. We got horrendously dehydrated.