Salathé Wall (El Capitan)

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Salathé Wall
Yosemite El Capitan.jpg
Southwest face of El Capitan from Yosemite Valley
Location California, USA
Coordinates 37°44′02.4″N 119°38′13.2″W / 37.734000°N 119.637000°W / 37.734000; -119.637000
Climbing Area Yosemite Valley
Route Type Aid climbing, Free climbing
Vertical Gain 2900'
Pitches 35
Rating 5.13b or 5.9 C2
Grade VI
First ascent Royal Robbins, Tom Frost, and Chuck Pratt, 1961
First free ascent Paul Piana and Todd Skinner, 1988

The Salathé Wall is one of the original technical climbing routes up El Capitan, a 3,000 feet (900 m) high granite monolith in Yosemite National Park. The Salathé Wall was named by Yvon Chouinard in honor of John Salathé, a pioneer of rock climbing in Yosemite. The route is recognized in the historic climbing text Fifty Classic Climbs of North America and considered a classic around the world.[1][2]

The first ten pitches of the route are commonly known as "Free Blast" since they can be quickly climbed free at a 5.11 rating or less.[citation needed]

The first free ascent of a main El Capitan route was by the Salathé Wall. Todd Skinner and Paul Piana made the first free ascent over nine days in 1988, after thirty days of working the route (graded 5.13b by the Yosemite Decimal System).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roper, Steve; Steck, Allen (1979). Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. pp. 269–275. ISBN 0-87156-292-8. 
  2. ^ McNamara, Chris, and Sloan, Erik. Yosemite Big Walls. Mill Valley, CA: SuperTopo, 2005. ISBN 0-9672391-9-2
  3. ^ Samet, Matt; Steve Bechtel (November 2006). "Loss of a Legend". Climbing Magazine. Primedia. Retrieved 2007-03-27.  [dead link]

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