Monday, June 14, 2010

Choinard-Herbert (Sentinel Rock)

Yosemite Valley

Yesterday I climbed the Choinard-Herbert route on the Sentinel, 15 pitches up 5.11c. Did the route with Branden who I have been climbing with for the last week or so and we had climbed before in previous years. We meet up at the trail head around 6:30AM and started the long approach, we eventually found the start of the route which involved some 4th class and low 5th class scrambling. We did one more roped up pitch to make it to the actually start of the route. The pitches down low involve some loose climbing but the middle pitches are quite nice, although more traffic would clean them up some. Some of the crack did contain some vegetation and a little dirt but gear placements were easy to find. Some of the climbing was exciting with commiting moves and the 3 5.11 pitches were burly and involved me pulling on some gear. I actually got off route will leading the 5.11c pitch and went for the aid variation which had me doing lots of pulling on old pitons. Another great Summit on Yosemite and  a long steep descent which was much easier in the light of day compared to my ascent of the Steck Salalthe on the Sentinel in the fall which involved a long painful descent in the dark.

Looking at starting up the Salathe Wall on El Cap starting on Thursday with my friends Andrew and Karsten.
Me leading the 10a face/traverse pitch

High on the route with Yosemite Falls in the Background
Looking up Valley to the High Country
Brandon on the Summit of the Sentinel

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