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TR: 'Murica Part 1:The Rocky Road to Mount Watkins 19-Nov-2015 At 6:11:31 AM PThomson
G'day all,

I've been writing this blog "The Climbing Obscurist" since I got back from my 5 month climbing trip to Africa-Spain-Tasmania-Buffalo and The Grampians back in mid-March, but I haven't felt it appropriate to post the link here since mostly -in between brief sections of epics and obscurity- it's mostly just about new routes that I've been putting up in the Blue Mountains.

However, I've just come back from more than 2 months climbing in America (5 weeks of which was in Yosemite Valley), and my most recent update -the first of 3 encompassing this America trip- features a trip report you guys might enjoy.

Check out "'Murica Part 1: The Rocky Road to Mount Watkins (Yosemite Valley)" at The Climbing Obscurist here:

"...You get up to 3 upward-driven pins that are equalised as an anchor, and that was the pendulum point for aid climbers to swing over. [...] When we did it, there were 3 upward-driven pins. When I went back [...] 5-days before doing the Triple [...], one of the pins had fallen out and there were now 2 pins, upward-driven. And there was still an anchor and the other pin was just dangling there below, and I was like "well that's sketchy". And then when I solo'd it in the Triple, there was only 1 pin left and there were 2 dangling!"

- Alex Honnold discussing Pitch 13 on the South Face of Mount Watkins

Stephen approaching the "bomber" Pitch 13 pendulum anchor
on the South Face route of Mount Watkins:




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