El Capitan from the SE. The Nose route goes roughly up the line between shade and sun.
Carrying gear to the base of the climb, day 1
Starting up the climb. Pitch 1 of 35.
Low on the SW face. The route crosses to the right onto the SE face higher, then drifts back and forth across the rounded "nose".
Kim jumaring lines, day 1
Gary leading a pitch after a short pendulum.
Kim leading, day 1. The vast bulk of El Capitan rises above.
Gary and Dave coming up on lines fixed by Kim. Other climbers can be seen starting the route below. They later made some serious mistakes and had to retreat.
Dave doing a long dramatic pendulum needed to reach parallel cracks well to the left. Here he runs right to gain the altitude necessary to get farther to the left on the next swing.
Kim in the Stoveleg Cracks.
Dave and Gary on Dolt tower, where we'd spend the first night on the wall.
Kim leading out from Dolt tower.
Morning at the bivouac, Dolt Tower.
Looking down at the Valley from Dolt Tower.
Dave jumaring to Texas Flake.
Gary leading the bolt ladder across the blank section above Texas Flake.
Dave on a pendulum.
Dave on stage 2 of a double pendulum.
Gary in the Gray Matter, Day 3
Jumarring to Camp 4.
Aerial photo, center height on the face. Climbers can be seen right of the Great Roof.
Starting pitch 21, with the Great Roof above.
Room with a view - Camp 4.
Sleeping arrangement at Camp 4. (Gary drew the short straw.)
Waking up on the tiny camp 4 ledge.
Looking down on Camp 4.
Struggling with a sling after the Great Roof pitch.
Clean flakes above the Great Roof.
Pancake Flake pitch.
Kim leading a pitch in the long dihedral high on the route.
Glowering at the Glowering Spot (pitch 25)
Kim leading an awkward aid pitch in the upper dihedrals, Gary belaying.
Camp 6, a reasonable ledge for two. However, we were three.
The valley floor looking a bit more distant.
Cleaning pitch 29.
Kim coming up the ropes high on the route.
Getting close to the top.
Following an overhang pitch up high.
Gary jumarring high on the route.
Victory in sight.
Kim heads out on the ultimate pitch.
Coming over the rim, Day 5.
Celebratory Coke. (No champagne, we still had to get down.)
Beginning the East Ledges descent, not a pushover in itself.