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May 8, 2012
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Going to aid practice on El Cap Tree Route this Sunday and try to make it up all five pitches. Who has done this route and what “hooks” do I need to bring to get past the end of the bolt ladder on pitch one? I can top rope 5.10 all day but leading 5.10 trad free with my aiders on is not going to happen, so hooks it is. If anyone has any other useful beta I’d love to hear it. If anyone has a hand drawn topo that would be useful too. This will be my first “real” lead with hooks so it may get fun.

Is the approach straight forward?
randy88fj62
Joined May 28, 2010
67 points
May 8, 2012
On the North America Wall in 1977.
That pitch is also the first pitch of the Trip so it gets done quite often and I imagine it's not too hard. I'll bet that if you have one of each hook, you'll find a bomber placement. I'll bet a the big BD hook is the one. Mark Hudon
Joined Jul 27, 2009
280 points
May 14, 2012
Birds and Beards
how'd it go? kevin deweese
From Oakland, Ca
Joined Jan 14, 2007
264 points
May 15, 2012
Thunderbolt Peak in the Palisades
kevin deweese wrote:
how'd it go?


Took my gf and I 14 hours to do Snake Dike on saturday so we did not do any aid practice on Sunday. We both looked at the approach from the meadow on sunday and decided to pass.
randy88fj62
Joined May 28, 2010
67 points
May 15, 2012
Birds and Beards
lol! I've been there many times. Often in June I'll sit at the meadow outside my car thinking, gotta get up there to climb a few short routes. Sometimes I get all the way to the other side of the road before the usual "F this" philosophy takes over and we go grab a pepsi and mint it's it from the store instead. kevin deweese
From Oakland, Ca
Joined Jan 14, 2007
264 points
May 15, 2012
Thunderbolt Peak in the Palisades
We went to the mountain shop and I bought a moses rivet hanger. That was the only useful thing I did. Now I just need to make sure it gets used. randy88fj62
Joined May 28, 2010
67 points
May 16, 2012
On the North America Wall in 1977.
Ya better buy at least two. If you're standing on one and need another...

I'll be up that pitch on the 26th, I'll let you know how it goes and what is needed.
Mark Hudon
Joined Jul 27, 2009
280 points
May 16, 2012
Thunderbolt Peak in the Palisades
Mark,
I already have 4 RP hangers so the Moses one was just for my gear hoarding.
randy88fj62
Joined May 28, 2010
67 points
May 16, 2012
On the North America Wall in 1977.
I get it.

I was at a climbing shop the other day drooling at all the cool biners I don't need but want, or is that don't want but "need".
Mark Hudon
Joined Jul 27, 2009
280 points
May 17, 2012
Birds and Beards
Anyone know how good the tree ledge is for a bivy? Comfortable or superslanty?

Found some good Tom Evans pictures and it looks fine, but maybe not Hilton status

kevin deweese
From Oakland, Ca
Joined Jan 14, 2007
264 points
May 17, 2012
Thunderbolt Peak in the Palisades
Where did you find the picture? randy88fj62
Joined May 28, 2010
67 points
May 17, 2012
Kloof at night!
el cap report WadeM
Joined Apr 22, 2010
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