Salathe Wall*** 5.13c
[Salathe Wall, Yosemite, 2 kb]1000m, 35 pitches. VI 5.9 C2

The 'Hollow Flake' offwidth deters the crowds.
Todd Skinner & Paul Piana freed it in retrospectively controversial yo-yo style in 1988 over 48 days. Redpointed by Huber in 1995. Nearly onsighted by Yuji Hirayama in 1997.
FFA Todd Skinner, Paul Piana 1988

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3 nights, all at an angle. Managed to free loads, about 75% and onsight up to 11c. Aaron was incredible in the hollow flake, unprotected throughout, and the Ear too - mega. Aid pitches were all great with the crux being the pitch below the roof. I free'd the 'worst pitch of the route' - the sewer, which would be a three star Classic in the UK and had to dyno the last move. Freeing pitches right at the top of the Captain was also mega. Held up by a party above, I feel we delt with it well and had a pretty chilled ascent.
sparkass - AltLd - 07/Sep/15 with Aaron Rotchadl, Mike Shorter

My first Big Wall. Freed Freeblast minus a slip on each of the slab pitches. Then fixed and hauled up to heart ledges after a rest day, spending nights on El Cap Spire and Long Ledge, unfortunately slowed down a bit by the party in front. Very pleased with the amount I managed to free, including a couple of the crux aid pitches, which meant I could do more than my share of pitches despite my aid inexperience. The pitch above 'The Block' was particularly memorable at E4ish with amazing exposure. The scariest part was watching dad do Hollow Flakes, absolutely terrifying... all in all though, a much more enjoyable experience than I was lead to beleive I would have!
Joughton - AltLd - 07/Sep/15

3 nights on the wall. managed to free about 75% of the route.
mshorter - AltLd - Sep/15 with akon, dunc

Little AndyH - AltLd - 18/Sep/13

Did first 2/3 pitches as aid practice with 2 novices. Aid was ok but top belay was painful!
Zoomer - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Scotty Mayled

Abbed from around pitch 33 after the roof. Fixed copper heads had blown and didn't have the gear. Retreat down not as bad as expected.
thebigeasy - AltLd dnf - 02/Sep/12

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd dnf - Oct/11

16 - 17th Hauled to heart on the 15th, did freeblast clean on the 16th ten bailed after P16. Led P 2, 5, 7, 9, 14, 15. Freed P 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14.
stuart34 - AltLd dnf - 16/Sep/11 with Amos Swanson

Free rider. Attempted free ascent. couldn't send the monster or the boulder problem. ran out of energy after the enduro corner, so bailed. will be back when in better shape tro send!!
markalmack - AltLd dog - 11/Oct/10 with amit tawfik

Hard work, amazing position. I took the free pitches up to 5.11with Shane leading the aid. Although I did enyoy the 1 C1+ pitch I led, I've concluded that fast and free is the way, aiding sucks bum, heavy and slow. Certainly wouldn't have got up without it though!
colesy - AltLd dog - 06/Sep/10

Barry Kerslake - 2nd dnf - 02/Sep/10 with Luke F

ShaneHoubart - Aug/10

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jun/10

failed above hollow flake
greenclimb - Lead dnf - 18/Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd - May/08

Toby Dunn - Oct/07 with dustin

chrisbevins - AltLd - Jul/07

Peter Rhodes - AltLd dog - Jun/07 with Josh Cook, Nik Vukovich

The worst team ever to set foot on rock?! Amazing experience but weren't "more than the sum of the parts". In fact, quite the opposite!
chrishedgehog - AltLd dnf - 19/May/06 with S. Mead

tuftynick - AltLd - Oct/01 with Kenton Cool

Free-climbed first day and then anything less than 5.11
AlexRenshaw - AltLd - Jun/91

Storm on headwall made it very exciting.
frank ramsay - AltLd - 1991

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/84

charlesmfrench - AltLd dog - Aug/84 with Keith Milne

4 day ascent using situ gear, Friends & one hand-placed peg. Brilliant weather, sleeping ledges and good company. The Headwall and the offwidth flake were the highlights.
petemeads - AltLd O/S - Oct/78 with Howard Johnson

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