/ NEWS: Leo Houlding - El Capitan and Half Dome in a day

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On Sunday June 8th Leo Houlding and Sean Leary free climbed El Capitan and Half Dome in a day.

Starting Freerider at 8am the pair simo-climbed all the way to pitch 23, the Teflon corner, in five hours...

...A rapid descent and close brush with the Park service saw them begin the hike to half dome at 11pm...

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mike kann - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC: Holy double velvet comfort batman!
Morgan Woods - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:

nice....wonder what the "brush" with the park ranger was?
mike kann - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Morgan Woods: Probably didn't say "dang - that was way knarly bro" often enough?
Michael Ryan - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to mike kann:

> (In reply to Morgan Woods) Probably didn't say "dang - that was way knarly bro" often enough?

I think the answer to that is 'hidden' in the report. Let's say no more!

Lemony - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Morgan Woods: I suspect they didn't use the normal descent path...
mike kann - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: Aha. I understand. You mean a very rapid descent.
Enty - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Cool. What's the fine for coming down that way at the moment.

The Ent
gabriel_m on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:
Surely simul-climbing? Unless they were climbing with a norwegian.
Monk - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to mike kann:

aaah! just got what you mean.
johncoxmysteriously - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC:

Good grief.

Is that horrible offwidth/standard 5.11 wide crack, as seen on the bagels film, above or below pitch 23, does anyone know?

jcm
jkarran - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to Morgan Woods:

> nice....wonder what the "brush" with the park ranger was?

My bet is they descended more rapidly than most.
jk
Paz - on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to mike kann:
> didn't say "dang - that was way knarly bro" often enough?

I heard if you don't do this they might mistake you for a bear and open fire.
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ng1273 on 14 Jul 2008
In reply to johncoxmysteriously:

below? just looking at the topo, not from any personal experience :-)

monster offwidth (5.11d?) is around pitch 19, also there's hollow flake (5.9, pitch 13ish) and a 5.10d offwidth headwall variation (pitch 32 or so), haven't seen the film though but sounds like monster offwidth? Not sure about exact pitch numbers as it's a combined salathe/freerider topo and slightly confusing with all the variations.

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