|The Man (Photo edited by Scott B.)|
1) After a few days of thunderstorms Valley floor was soaked, and death slabs were wet.
2) We did not want to get lost taking death slabs for our first time at night.
3) Both of us had enough cardio to not care about extra few (16) miles, and it is good training anyway.
Mist trail was easy to follow. Waterfalls were booming and both of us got soaked - Hamik got soaked because he did not have his shell on, and I got soaked because I did have my shell on while running up the stairs with a pack. Crux of this approach option was to pick the right spot where to turn off main trail in order to reach base of NW face. There are no cairns and no obvious trail that splits off. Two things to remember is not to go further than a big warning sign (as I remember) which is posted at the start of switchbacks/stairs. Also, it is helpful to follow the line of trees which skirts the base (there is a faint trail here which is not hard to follow).
|Starting the route|
|Hamik on 2nd pitch|
|Views towards El Cap, North Dome etc|
|Hamik somewhere on NW face|
|Hamik on Big Sandy|
|Me on Double Crack pitch|
|Views towards Conness|
|Hamik on Thank God Ledge|
|Hamik on pitch 22|
|Took out a bunch of crap from up there|
|Beautiful face we climbed!|