Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Yosemite-Royal Arches; October 2011

We were not moving quick in the morning after the previous days long descent and visiting with Roger Suen in camp.  The next morning we chose to go for Royal Arches 5.7 A0.  It is a Yosemite classic long easy climb.


We go to the base at 10:45 am a very late by the often start time of 5 am.  The first pitch here was classic Yosemite physical chimney.


The chimney bought us to a long traverse ledge with a little 4th class climbing.


The ledge brought us to the base of a nice 5.7 crack.


Great views back to El Cap.


Views up the valley to Glacier Point Apron.  Since Anja’s hand was hurt from the slip on the talas the night before I was doing the leading.


We go to the flake system leading to the A0 pendulum.


There was a fixed rope on the pendulum which made it very casual.


We were catching up with a party in front of us and Anja wasn’t going to let the climb go by without at least one lead.


So she fired up on about pitch 6.


Views just kept getting better.


Looking down from pitch 7.


We topped out with 8 pitches at 5:30 pm.  Just under 7 hours on the route.  We took the rappels down.  This took about 2 hours in large part because we had caught the party in front of us who was fairly slow on rappel.


That night we drove to Tahoe to see Bill and Leslie.  Like father like son the little Suen was ready to take over the wheel and drive us home to SLC.

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