Tron is a new route put up in the summer of 2010. It climbs beautiful squeaky clean orange and grey El Cap granite to the top of a feature called negative pinnacle.Although the angle is less than vertical, it climbs much more like a face climb than a slab climb, using edges, sidepulls, mantles, and even a few pockets.The first crux is a dynamic hand-foot match between bolts one and two, with the true crux on hard sidepull moves between bolts two and three just above. Above that, interesting clim...[more]Browse More Classics in CA
Can anyone tell me how to add a route on this page? One of my favorite climbs "The Mark of Art" branches off this climb right before the offwidth and continues straight up for another 70 ft. It is awesome! Greg
By M.Morley Administrator From: Sacramento, CA Aug 3, 2007
"When do these climbs typically dry out? I'm hoping to get on some the end of April..."
The El Cap base is climbable year-round. A handful of routes will get hit by seasonal runoff coming down from the rim, but most of the climbs dry out pretty quick. After a major rain storm it usually takes a couple days of sun. After a snow storm it can take a week or longer for things to get dry, depending on how much snow gets dumped. Watch out for falling chunks of ice and be aware there is an increased chance of major rockfall following any storm. But in general the El Cap base is one of the best cragging spots in the Valley proper during the fall, winter, and spring.
By Eric T. From: St. Augustine, Florida Apr 3, 2011