La Vaca Solitaria
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BETA PHOTO: La Vaca Solitaria follows the long shadow just rig...
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If you still have gas in your tank... and feeling in your calves... complete this variation to El Mat. Very thin fingers and (surprise) stemming beckon you to step right off of the El Mat ledge. Climb to the gray roofs and traverse left to rejoin the El Mat line to a "lovely" (note the sarcasm) bolted hanging belay.
Pass the box stem of El mat... and La Vaca Solitaria IS the right crack.
Stopper and BD Camalots to #1... plus whatever you choose for El Matador.
By Dave E.
Aug 5, 2009
have you done this? it seems improbable to step right off the ledge atop pitch 2 of el mat, i did look at it for awhile. maybe the line goes into the right crack without stopping at the ledge? either way, that would be a super proud way to send this line
By Sean Nelb
From: Estes Park and Grand Junction,
Aug 18, 2011
This route is very good and would see a lot more action if it didn't start two pitches up. Most of the route is quite easier than 5.11a, with fun and suprising varied climbing throughout. The traverse from the El Matador anchor is not as hard as it looks and can be protected with a #2 camalot high in the left crack before stepping off the ledge.
By Jordan Collins 1
Sep 5, 2016
The step across into the crack from the matador anchors was tricky but not incredibly difficult (not a 5.11 move) The route seemed quite sustained at 11a for the first half with tricky placements, it lets up considerably for a while in the middle and finishes with an awesome roof. The anchors on this climb are not suitable for rappelling so consider going to the top if you are doing this route.