“Do you want to do leaning tower in a day?” was the question. An enthusiastic “yeah that would be cool!” was the reply. That was all that constituted the brief exchange that, at 5 am the next morning, saw me perched on a narrow ledge in Yosemite Valley, belaying a head torch bobbing steadily higher […]Read More Captain Kirk and the One Day Enterprise
“Yeah yeah, we’ll take a load of water, a load of food and we’ll just climb nice and slow and bivy on the big ledges. It’ll be really chilled out!” This was the Plan. A ‘chilled out’ ascent of the Washington Column with plenty of extra water, 5 easy pitches a day and big comfy […]Read More Smoke and Monkey Calls.
September in Yosemite seems to be hot, and dry. REALLY hot and dry. Having booked into Camp 4 for just 3 nights, we had effectively forced ourselves to be on a ‘beginner wall’ such as Washington column, or at least doing something by the 4th night. A few words of advice from fellow British climbers, […]Read More Heat, Hydration and Offset nuts on Triple Direct, El Capitan.