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Jan 22, 2014
My goal this year is to do the Nose on El Cap, but I've never been aid climbing before. Can anyone offer any suggestions for some routes in Colorado this spring and summer that could help me learn what I need? Pink Thunder
From Colorado Springs
Joined Aug 15, 2011
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Jan 22, 2014
Outdid myself here
Wunch's Dihedral in the S Platte can make for a good aid climb. Just be courteous of those trying to free the route and let them pass if at all possible. As for big wall experience, once you're more comfortable with aid technique and have more confidence, go for D7 on the Diamond The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
Joined Jun 21, 2013
248 points
Jan 22, 2014
Not really advise for aid practice in Colorado, but be solid free climbing Yosemite 5.10, 5.11 would be even better, then you will be able to free or french free the majority of the route. You will climb much faster and have a way better time then hanging in your aiders. Also make sure you are dialed on your pendulums and lower outs, some really struggle with the king swing and waste a lot of time. Don't take too much stuff or the hauling will really suck and you will ultimately bail at Dolt Tower.
If hanging in your aiders is your idea of fun, there are much more interesting routes on El Cap for that with easier hauling.

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My goal this year is to do the Nose on El Cap, but I've never been aid climbing before. Can anyone offer any suggestions for some routes in Colorado this spring and summer that could help me learn what I need?
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From Ouray, CO
Joined Apr 14, 2008
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