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Author Topic: El Cap Day the Weenie Way  (Read 1247 times)

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El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« on: September 17, 2012, 10:39:49 PM »

My idea was to climb thirty-three 5.10 sport routes at Rumney in 24 hours. On El Cap, The Nose traditionally has 31 pitches and The Salathe has 35. So 33 seems a nice number. I thought thirty-three 5.10 sport climbs might be possible.  I called my friend Adam and put forward the idea. He had the weekend free, just before heading off to Colorado for a week of cragging. So we drove up from Boston fairly early Saturday morning, and pitched our tent amid the gaggle of tents in the field across the road from the crag. As it happened, the weather was absolutely the best. Dry conditions the weeks before had left all the Rumney crags in perfect shape, and the weekend itself could not have had better temps or lower humidity.

We decided that we would both free climb every route, the first climber leaving the draws in place for the second one, but pulling the rope so that all the ascents by both climbers would be led. If the first climber fell on a route they would lower to the ground and the second climber would go at it. We led the routes in blocks, the numbers defined by the quantity of 5.10s on each crag. This looked to be a kind of cool endurance/stamina game and I was psyched to go at it. On the drive up, Adam seemed less committed to the idea as he wanted to conserve for his upcoming trip, making comments like “well, maybe twenty but I’m game to support you in this project”. As it turned out, we were having so much fun that he progressively got just as psyched as I was, and we just kind of went at it.

On Saturday morning (9/16/12) we hiked up to the Jimmy Cliff and I started the game with the route Lonesome Dove 10a at 9:15am. Setting the standard operating procedure, we went right to left across the six 5.10s located on that crag 10a, 10d, 10d, 10b, 10b/c, and 10a. Although we seemed to be climbing thoughtfully and with patient focus, and even though some feelings of worry over how well we would hold up for a day of this reared their head, this group was sent very fast and we felt relaxed and well warmed up as we hiked up to the Crow’s Nest- the highest crag on the hill.

Adam took over and led four routes 10b, 10b/c, 10c, 10a, plus a bonus route 9+ that he had never done before and that is harder than some of the 5.10s we did. The 10c is the route Crow’s Nest and has some of the best movements of its grade at Rumney- really fun. It was beautiful up there- only one pair of climbers shared the crag with us - a French Canadian couple- and we chatted, had some snacks, and generally enjoyed the beautiful moment and place.

We hand-over-handed down the fixed rope to the crag called the Hinterlands and I led again, going right to left starting with Tang-10d, and continuing with 10a, 10c, 10a, and finishing, as the sun went down in a luminous display of golden fire at the long cruiser lines of Dolt and Jolt, both called 10a. On the 10c- our 13th route, I fell at the crux, after much wasteful effort trying to stuff myself into its scrunchy mid crux section- but Adam tied in and had no problems with the route or that section, sending with a neat froggy movement. At this point, seventeen routes were in the bag, one of them 5.9+.

By headlamp, we hiked down through the woods, walked back to the tent, jumped into the car, and drove in to Plymouth where we chowed down at the Salty Dog on combo meat dinners washed down with a couple of glasses of wine. By 10:30 we were back at the tent, crashed and slept until 5:00am. In the middle of the night, a screech owl let loose with an outrageous fusillade that woke up all the climbers in the field and just about gave me a heart attack.

I woke up at 5:00am. We got ourselves together and hiked up to the left end of the Main Cliff. It was obvious at this time that we would not complete the thirty three. After some discussion we decided to see how long it would take us to get to twenty five.

Adam started the morning session by dispatching our warm-up 10a by headlamp, then sashayed with rhythm up Armed & Dangerous 10b and Underdog, 10a. On Goldbug 10d, he accidentally z-clipped and snagged himself right at the moment of trying to sort out the crimpy technical slab crux- as a result, he took a pretty good winger. So this gave me the opportunity to clean this route up, as he had done previously for me.

Down to the Meadows, I went back to it, and just squeaked out the thuggy No Money Down, 10c. At this point we were starting to enter into a little bit of a different mental zone. While belaying, the fatigue would come on and we would get silent and spacey, yet while climbing and upon completing a route we would be all jazzed and chatty- it was weird. We climbed the Rhino route 10a, and then walked over to the Parking Lot Wall. I gave the lead to Adam and we both did a route that we then realized was not the 10b we thought, but the 5.8 to it’s right. So Adam led the 10b neighbor we had come for. I went at it and although was still climbing well and precisely, I ended up getting lured to the right just beyond the crux and could not figure out how to get back to a stance left of the clip- after some considerable effort, I gassed out and grabbed the draw, then clipped and finished the route.

That was it. In 26 hours- but only 15 climbing hours- we did twenty-five routes: 23 @ 5.10 and one 5.9 and one 5.8.  So I guess that was more like a Half Dome day. A Rumney challenge like this has more to do with dealing with multiple episodes of power based cruxiness than you would find on pure endurance routes. In some ways this challenge is more suited to a boulderer than a route climber.
 
I’m sure way more than what we did is possible for any climber who is reasonably fit and experienced. Have at it!
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 11:46:52 PM »

Great job even though you did not reach your goal of 33 in 24 hours!!

I think your post might just get my friend Eric (super enduro guy) all fired up again.  In the past, we had talked and planned for him to lead 25 5.10 routes in 12 to 13 hours with the help of two or three partners since none of us can match his endurance.  The weekend we had planned for turned out rainy and we had stupidly not set aside an alternate weekend.  So we ended up not even taking a whack at it.  But there is always June/July 2013!

There have been other impressive "endurance records" set at Rumney.  There was the "lead one 5.12 at every  crag" one which, from what I heard, was as much as a near sprint from crag to crag as it was about climbing hard.  Impressive.  Then there was the 13x 5.13 in a day thing that Vasya pulled off a few years ago.  I heard it from his Mom and my jaw practically fell to my lap!

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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 10:08:12 AM »

Cool ! sounds like when you would go "on tour" with coach Niland.... 20,30,40 pitches somedays.

I wish i could find john Longs classic story - the last blasphemy-  about doing a half dome day in JT.. solo
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 02:05:54 PM »

I guess I am a total wuss.. I usualy go for a WG or Moby day unroped at  Deer leap..
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 05:36:36 PM »

Bag's post got me thinking. If I wanted to do it over 24 hours during a weekend, I think the most efficient way would be to start a little late morning at lower Orange Crush (2 or 3), New Wave (2), then Kennel Wall  (4), then head over to Bonsai for (6), then back down to the Meadows and Parking lot wall towards the EOD to do as many of the (12 ) options as possible, with head lamp if need be.

I would then get  an alpine start Sunday morning, thereby beating the crowds and run up to the Main Cliff, starting at Venus Envy and moving right, getting (9 or 10) more good options.
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 07:09:44 PM »

Mark, you are right; one will need to be ahead of or behind the crowds at Bonsai, A&D Wall, Main Cliff, Meadows, and Parking Lot Wall.  Our plan had us at A&D Wall bright and early, then Bonsai, down to Main Cliff (after 1pm), 5.8, finishing at The Meadows and Parking Lot.

Except for 5.8 Crag, we had planned to bypass crags with fewer than four 5.10 routes to offer. 


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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2012, 07:19:35 PM »

If you want to go trad a bit;

Recluse
bird's nest
 they died
the Stooges slab
airation
heather
pine tree
camber
clean sweep
tabu

drink

western lady
ventilator
bombardment
dresden
nutcracker
nomad

drink
seventh seal
loose lips
ethereal
direct south butt
powderfinger

nice day
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2012, 08:35:40 PM »

S@#&, heck of a good day, John.  Know anyone who has done it (incl the drinking parts)?

How about Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome, the sporto/weanie way?  23 pitches, 2000 feet, .12a/b in 24 hours. 
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2012, 09:53:52 PM »

Strand, Should do Sleeping beauty before seventh Seal while you are there...
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 09:55:25 AM »

S@#&, heck of a good day, John.  Know anyone who has done it (incl the drinking parts)?

How about Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome, the sporto/weanie way?  23 pitches, 2000 feet, .12a/b in 24 hours.

2x a mixture of leading and following.

Half Dome is a pretty long approach for sporto
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 10:03:32 AM »

2x a mixture of leading and following.
Half Dome is a pretty long approach for sporto
Impressive.
Well, go with weenie all the way baby - near zero approach and fat bolts for every pitch!
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 10:19:08 AM »

If you want to go trad a bit;

Recluse
bird's nest
 they died
the Stooges slab
airation
heather
pine tree
camber
clean sweep
tabu

drink

western lady
ventilator
bombardment
dresden
nutcracker
nomad

drink
seventh seal
loose lips
ethereal
direct south butt
powderfinger

nice day

Nice day? I would say "nice career".
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 10:38:53 AM »

Helps to have some stuff pretty wired.. esp the drinking
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 06:56:22 PM »

Nice feedback! I’m sure there’s several efficient ways to climb lots of 5.10s at Rumney.  Our method, starting with routes high on the hill then working your way down, makes for the easiest hiking. By starting where we did earlier in the morning, at, say 4:00am, you could drop down from Jolt to Triple Corners by 2:00pm. Do four or five there, then do the route Waimea, then walk over to Bonsai and do the four or five there, then walk over to Armed and Dangerous and finish up as we did, with many route choices.
 
It seems it would be better to just climb at a medium pace until the twenty four hours are up, pausing occasionally for some food and cat nap breaks. After that take as much rest time as you want. The meat of a day like that would involve some pretty pumpy and thuggy shit pretty late in the afternoon, at Waimea and Bonsai, with the Main cliff and lower routes still to do at night. On this go, we did not climb for 9 of the 24 hours but only needed to bag 10 more to complete this particular game. As an aside, we never really rushed but just kind of moved along at a steady pace.

I’ve only climbed eleven of the routes on John’s list. But, as it happens, I’m thinking of buying property in North Conway and if we find something we can afford I expect I’ll be doing some new and different stuff up there, especially with the new guide book’s help. Getting good at NoCo granite takes lots of practice, unfortunately for us that live not so close.
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Re: El Cap Day the Weenie Way
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 07:04:10 PM »

bags- we learned long ago that cat naps are the way to go.. When we did Mt Watkins in YOS... a couple of 2 hour naps did wonders.  Dippin' in the river for NH is also HUGE.....
from my list, you might hit the river 2x and then a BIG session to end the day
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