Nat on approach. The hike in is 2.5 miles on a relatively flat trail followed by 2.5 more miles on a steep trail with some bushwacking. Overall, not too bad.
Crossing a stream and about to start the steep part.
First view of the Hulk.
It rained a lot on the approach (starting at 11am), so we were a little worried about the condition the rock would be in.
Room with a view: The Incredible Hulk from our campsite.
Home sweet home.
Psyched! Racking up for our early morning start. We wanted to be on the route at first light to give us the best chance to beat any incoming storms.
It was a bit chilly but managable. Here, Nat eyes the 5.10a bulge crux of P1.
Starting P3 (5.11a).
The first 5.11a crux comes with a delicate step across just past the gear. Of the two "crux" pitches, this is definitely the easier one.
Exiting the fun chimney and getting ready for some quality stemming on P4.
This was my first trip to the High Sierra, and needless to say I was impressed with the scenery.
Pitch 5 works up the blocks and left to the splitter handcrack near the left skyline.
Nat in splitterville on P5.
The crux (6th) pitch. Past the 5.10c stemming and 5.10c bulge, and getting ready for splitter fingers followed by an overhanging 5.11a crux.
This pitch was too cool!
More splitters! P7 follows the obvious crack system just left of center. I didn't get a chance to take any more pictures after this because the next two belay stances were out of sight from the climbing. It started pouring on us as Nat followed the final 5.10 pitch and I was worried the camera would be ruined. But it survived!