Royal Arches, North Dome, Washington Column
somewhere on 120 above oakdale
reading the camera manual. miniature model mode?
4am. time to get up!
5:10am. ahwanee parking lot.
this is what your climbing partner looks like at 5am
5:30 am. Pitch 1 of Royal Arches!
Heading off on the traversing pitches
Noal leading the way on pitch 2
here comes the sun
crazed climber at top of pitch 4. oh wait, that's noal.
7:10am. looking up at the pendulum. Pitch 9.
other climbers on the route. they started at 3:45am!
Noal getting ready to pendulum
7:40am. top of pitch 10.
7:40am. starting off on pitch 11. passing the other parties!
8:10am. looking down at pitch 13.
8:30am. noal coming up on pitch 15.
8:30am. noal venturing off on the last pitch, wet slab adventure.
9:15am. yikes! wet slab traverse done.
9:40am. off to north dome!
9:40am. looking down at the valley. traffic still moving... for now.
looking across the valley at Glacier Point.
Looking up at North Dome. Good view of the left facing corner - start of the south face route.
the approach is steep!
Second pitch belay at the big tree.
Looking up at the route.
There she is!
10:55am. Noal on the 5.6 slab start to Pitch 1
11:20am. Noal links Pitch 1 and 2.
Great view of the death slabs approach to Half Dome.
1:10pm. Looking down at the top of the 4th pitch. More runout slab!
1:20pm. Noal coming up the slab at the top of pitch 4.
View of the regular northwest face of Half Dome.
the chimney/lieback pitches
The chimney/lieback pitches
4:20pm. Noal topping out on North Dome.
4:30pm. We made it! let's get out of here!
4:45pm. Hikers at the top of North Dome.
Looking north off the top of North Dome. Descent drops down to the left.
View of all sorts of good stuff in the Valley
5:05pm. Noal descending from North Dome
6:10pm. View of Half Dome from top of Washington Column
7:30pm. Chasing the sun down the North Dome gully.
Noal heading down the gully.
View of North Dome the next morning.
View of Royal Arches route
View of the upper part of Royal Arches
View of the Royal arches top out