American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California, Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Free Ascent of the Nose and Monster Linkup

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 2006

Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, free ascent of the Nose and monster linkup. On October 30-31, in a 23-hour and 23-minute continuous push, Tommy Caldwell freed both the Nose (5.14a) and Free Rider (5.12d). Earlier in October, Caldwell and Beth Rodden swung leads on a free ascent of the Nose. Caldwell then returned and freed the route himself (leading every pitch, becoming the only person to repeat Lynn Hill’s much-heralded 1994 feat) in 12 hours. He also hucked a lap on Free Rider before his linkup. For a first-hand account of Caldwell’s 6,000-vertical-foot day freeing two El Cap routes, see his story earlier in this Journal.

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