We simuled this route and got up and down in about 3 hours.
Date uncertain. Climbed this with Will Spiegelman and Pat Green when the rotten log was still there.
First really long multipitch, group of 3, other two climbers more experienced. We took forever and rapped overnight. Had some trouble with route finding and finding rap anchors.
Super fun climbing and great views :) Cool pendulum.
Climbed three times in the 70s for practice on long routes with different partners. Super climb
rappelled off in the dark with no headlamps, bring a headlamp!
One of my favorite routes all time. Good challenge for a seasoned beginner.
Had to improvise a bit during the last few rappels. Damn glad we brought headlamps!
My 3rd time up this great route but 1st time during Spring months. Took my friend Maria up her longest route ever. Led all the pitches. Glorious day!! Feet slipped in one place on the waterfall traverse pitch which made things rather exciting. Thankfully, handholds were good :)
Swapped leads starting the alternate p.1 at 7AM. My partner set the belay after the pendulum and before the water crossing. The water was not so cold or that voluminous. We were both glad to keep our shoes on for the pitch. I was glad to follow the next pitch up the right facing dihedral to the tree grab. The scariest pitch for both of us. We rapped the route and were back in camp at 7 PM. Keep your eyes open for the rap stations, there are many to choose from but some are easy to miss.
Despite gushing cascades all around, the only water directly on route flows over the traverse just after pendulum. IMO this is the best time of year for the route. But expect your ropes to get soaked on the last couple raps.
Partnered up with Diggler for a great long climb. Longest multipitch I have done to date. Got a late start and consequently finished late; did all ~12 rappells in the dark. Amazing day though. Best views of the Valley are from up high, away from the tourists and screaming kids :)
Nice quick route. Walk off not really a "walk off". More of an adventure than the climb itself! Beautiful route overall though. Great views throughout.
Linked RA with CJ for a nice day of climbing. Started at 6am, topped out on North Dome at 3pm and back in Camp 4 at 5:30pm.
A fine climb in beautiful weather. The pendulum was fun but the exposure really captured my attention. We planned to use a new 7mm rope on the pull side of the double rope rappel but it snarled and knotted up every time we tossed it. Single rope rappels on our 70 m climbing rope got us down but took longer. A memorable day of climbing.
First "big" climb. Lead some of the easier pitches and had a great time. I wish I had been old enough to have a beer when we came down.
Great day out with Parisa. By the time we were roped up and climbing, it was about 8am... not as early as we hoped, but we were back at the car at 4pm - did the rappel route. Everything was dry, but the weather was quite hot (around 30C/90F)... quite hot. Wore my approach shoes which was nice and comfy. http://sightly.net/peter/trips/royalarches2008/
I forget the exact date. This was my favorite climb in Yosemite. We simul-climbed most of it and completed the route in about five hours round trip.
Climbed with service buddy over Memorial Day Weekend, 1975. The route was so crowded we got benighted 1 pitch below the exit (just after the nasty, really wet traverse with the 1400 feet of exposure.) Our group of two ended up on a very spacious ledge with 5 others. Pooled our meager food - built a small fire and had one of the best nights ever. Beautiful climbing and mind expanding exposure. Loved the pendulum. Was the Rotten Log scary? You'd better believe it! No wonder this is one of the 50 classic climbs.
Michael surprised me at the top with a couple extra size labatts beers (didnt dare tell him they are bottom of Canadian beer barrel). We cooled them in the spring at the top and then scoped out the route above. We were up by 400 but carrying overnight gear knackered us. We slept out planning for an early start on the sporty slab route above but animals ate all our food despite (what we thought were) clever hanging tactics. WE bailed after a fantastic route! we did the walk off. Hope to go back with wife and son.
We started about 6am, got the top around 1pm, rapped and car at 5pm. We only saw one party simu-climbing ahead of us, they topped out when we were around pitch 6. And a soloist when we had lunch above pitch 15. Where is everybody?