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tomtom


May 3, 2006, 2:54 PM
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Does anyone have a pic of the start of Mescalito? I was thinking heading over and doing a few pitches, but I've never been to the base of El Cap.


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depending on what sort of aid you are looking to get into, I'm not sure that Mescalito is the best route for "just doing a few pitches" at the base of EC.

Mostly because those pitches are alot of bolts and fixed copperheads.

there are other more clean and natural lines that you could get on for a few pitches that might offer more interesting climbing. try the first 3 of North America, and you'll have done the crux.


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May 5, 2006, 7:42 AM
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Please don't tie up the start of one of the most popular routes on el cap for your practice. Tthis is where you climb when all the practice is over and you're ready to blast.


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the first pitch of mescalito is good practice for leading and cleaning pendulums ..

.. during the hot months there is nobody trying to get on this route ..


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For a real first pitch - do the first of South Seas and then do the mega swing.


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I heard the first or was it the second? pitch? is very heads up!!!!!

Chris.


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p1 is a clip up on bolts, rivets, and heads.

p2&3 are filled with deadheads and rather sporty. I tried the penji on p3 and couldn't figure where to land, then tried hooking my way across and the second blew, so I stick clipped the first head up high.

I made it to the top of p5 and decided to bail because I was moving too slow for the consumables I was carrying and not willing to commit to the traverse. :cry: :cry:

And bone, I must have scared everyone off as I was the only climber on the WEML. The next climbers up Mescalito started 6 days later. :roll:


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