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North America, United States, California—Yosemite, Other Yosemite Ascents

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  • Publication Year: 1961

Other Yosemite Ascents. One of the more remarkable climbs of the year was the second ascend of the sheer 2900-foot high face of El Capitan. (For an account of the first ascent, see A.A.J., 1959, 11:2, pp. 184-189.) This was made in the comparatively short time of 7½ days during the first half of September by Charles Pratt, Royal Robbins, Joe Fitschen and Tom Frost. From June 12 to 15 Pratt, Fitschen and Frost made the second ascent of the north face of Half Dome, and Robbins and Dave Rearick made its third ascent later in the summer. In April Frost and Yvon Chouinard made the second ascent of the northeast bowl of Sentinel Rock, a route that had not been done since 1948. Pratt and Chouinard made the third ascent of the northeast face of Middle Cathedral Rock in June, which involved strenuous laybacks interspersed with direct-aid climbing. The same pair made the second ascent of the Powell-Feuerer route on the north buttress of Lower Cathedral Rock in June. Frost and Chouinard made the third ascent in September of the north face of Middle Cathedral Rock. It took them 1¾ days and about 80 pitons to climb this 2200-foot wall, which had never been climbed before 1959.

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