I genuinely thought he was soloing it in that picture and I was like "Jesus Christ, it's taken 20 years for someone to repeat a line that this guy soloed on the first ascent!?"
Eventually noticed the quick draw and harness, still cant see the rope tho.
In reply to SuperLee1985: Even more impressive then and possibly explains the lack of repeat. I'm hazarding a wild guess that this route weighs in around E9 and must have been one the hardest trad routes in the world at that time and quite possibly the highest french grade for the climbing on a trad route back then also.
In reply to UKC News: Saw Ron Kauk do a chat about 'the naturrre' in Yosemite last year. Someone asked why he thought no one had repeated this route, and he just shrugged and said it was a little out of the way and in an out-of-fashion style. And sick hard and tenuous.