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Trip Report: How to Fail on El Capitan (The Nose)
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Jan 8, 2014
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Here's a trip report for our first time up El Capitan.

Trip Report

Thanks for looking,
Aaron Cassebeer
ACassebeer
From Mojave, CA
Joined Jul 15, 2009
275 points
Jan 8, 2014
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Nice report. I attempted my first big-wall route in very similar fashion. Our team experienced pretty much the same exact complications as your first attempt. Our descent was epic to say the least. In short, we were off the main rappel route and had to leapfrog cam-hooks and aid on rappel to get back on the proper route. We had reached a point where we were literally pretty much stuck on the wall per say. We finally made it down and free -climbed classics the rest of the trip. A lot of lessons learned. We may have looked like a bunch of gumbies but we got ourselves off safely and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything.

The best way to learn is to get up there and get your ass kicked. IMOP
Jonathan Dull
From Boone, NC
Joined Mar 2, 2012
438 points
Jan 8, 2014
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Very cool web piece. Thanks man, and congrats for sure!! Russ Keane
Joined Feb 8, 2013
433 points
Jan 8, 2014
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Thanks Jonathan, I agree. In retrospect it is easy to say that we were making poor decisions, but without the experience you just don't know what to expect. El Capitan is so much different than any other big wall that we have to climb in North America. ACassebeer
From Mojave, CA
Joined Jul 15, 2009
275 points
Jan 8, 2014
Thanks for that TR, Aaron, some key info there :) Do you think you'll try it again? RyanO
From sunshine
Joined Jun 9, 2009
181 points
Jan 8, 2014
RyanO wrote:
Thanks for that TR, Aaron, some key info there :) Do you think you'll try it again?


More Key Info:

The report says he did it the next year and completed it.
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
230 points
Jan 8, 2014
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RyanO wrote:
Thanks for that TR, Aaron, some key info there :) Do you think you'll try it again?

DId you read the report? They did try it again; 2011 failure vs 2012 SUCCESS!
csproul
From Davis, CA
Joined Dec 3, 2009
355 points
Jan 8, 2014
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Thanks for posting! Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Joined May 23, 2009
38 points
Jan 8, 2014
thanks, i really enjoyed reading your trip report Mike G
Joined Jan 20, 2011
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