New Yosemite Routes. Eric Kohl added four new routes to Yosemite’s walls in 1993. In April, he soloed Indecision Time (VI, 5.7, A4), just east of the Ribbon Falls amphitheater. The eight-pitch route climbs the center of the Hourglass formation and continues up to Sherwood Forest. In June, he climbed Abstract Expressionist (VI, 5.9, A5) on El Capitan, an eight-pitch variant between Zenyatta Mondatta and Zodiac, joining Zenyatta Mondatta at its ninth pitch. In July, he soloed another major route on the Nine O’Clock Wall above Glacier Point Apron. The 14-pitch Express Checkout (VI, 5.8, A5) ascends the major splash of orange lichen and a giant roof left of Ice Age before joining that route for the final four leads. Teaming up with Jason Torlano, in August Kohl climbed a five-pitch route on Mount Broderick, left of Unemployment Line.
Cameron M. Burns