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By ACassebeer
From Mojave, CA
Jan 8, 2014
Original Sin, 11b, Riverside Quarry <br />Photo: Louie Anderson

Here's a trip report for our first time up El Capitan.

Trip Report

Thanks for looking,
Aaron Cassebeer


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By Jonathan Dull
From NC High County
Jan 8, 2014
Edge of a Dream

Nice report. I attempted my first big-wall route in very similar fashion. Our team experienced pretty much the same exact complications as your first attempt. Our descent was epic to say the least. In short, we were off the main rappel route and had to leapfrog cam-hooks and aid on rappel to get back on the proper route. We had reached a point where we were literally pretty much stuck on the wall per say. We finally made it down and free -climbed classics the rest of the trip. A lot of lessons learned. We may have looked like a bunch of gumbies but we got ourselves off safely and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything.

The best way to learn is to get up there and get your ass kicked. IMOP


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By Russ Keane
Jan 8, 2014
Where's Waldo?

Very cool web piece. Thanks man, and congrats for sure!!


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By ACassebeer
From Mojave, CA
Jan 8, 2014
Original Sin, 11b, Riverside Quarry <br />Photo: Louie Anderson

Thanks Jonathan, I agree. In retrospect it is easy to say that we were making poor decisions, but without the experience you just don't know what to expect. El Capitan is so much different than any other big wall that we have to climb in North America.


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By RyanO
From sunshine
Jan 8, 2014

Thanks for that TR, Aaron, some key info there :) Do you think you'll try it again?


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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Jan 8, 2014

RyanO wrote:
Thanks for that TR, Aaron, some key info there :) Do you think you'll try it again?


More Key Info:

The report says he did it the next year and completed it.


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By csproul
From Rancho Cordova, CA
Jan 8, 2014
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background

RyanO wrote:
Thanks for that TR, Aaron, some key info there :) Do you think you'll try it again?

DId you read the report? They did try it again; 2011 failure vs 2012 SUCCESS!


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By Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Jan 8, 2014
Viking helmet cover, yep.

Thanks for posting!


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By Mike G
Jan 8, 2014

thanks, i really enjoyed reading your trip report


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