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2 sets of cams, 1 set of nuts, brass, pins, sawed-off useful, leepercams useful.
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  Safety Rating G
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A good El Cap starter route for the semi-experienced wall climber. This route is a "must!" It's gone clean before but required using fixed heads, pins, etc. Bring a hammer, heads and pins. Unless you're Joe Offwidth, you might want to bring along a Big Bro, big cam or tree branch (don't laugh, there was one there when I did it) for the Bismark. Send your partner up to lead this one - you can hang out on the Bismark Ledge, arguably the finest bivi on this side of the Big Stone! This is a PROUD line that soars upward through the mightiest face of El Cap. It isn't much harder than Zodiac, the Trip or The Shield, but at 26 pitches, it's a lot longer. You'll find continuously sustained moderate climbing that will keep you thinking, but nowhere is it particularly hard. You'll feel like a hero after this one, that's for sure.

Submitted by: passthepitonspete on 2006-03-26
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Route ID: 4619

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  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: majid_hunter on 1999-08-12 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars First Yosemite Climb

First Climb, lots of fun

Added: 2009-05-09

Onsight Onsight ascent by: paveldobrinskiy on 2006-10-15 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

No comment

Added: 2006-10-15

  Safety Rating G
Red Point Red Point ascent by: jimmyray on 2006-08-16 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

Partner: Marcus Garcia
Comments: 7th El Cap route, and proudest to date. Clean ascent, no fixing, in 4 bivies.

Added: 2006-08-16

Onsight Onsight ascent by: highlander on 2006-06-10 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

Good route that follows some great features up the Captain

Witnessed by: Mark S.
Added: 2006-06-10

Red Point Red Point ascent by: lazide on 2004-09-06 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

Got it on the second attempt (bailed from pitch 4 on the first due to dehydration). Did it in 11 or 12 days solo. Did it clean (using most fixed gear).

My first wall (first time on anything longer than grade III).

Witnessed by: Gabe McNeely, Nikolai, Ivo, copperhead
Added: 2004-09-06

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