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

Ticklists: 15 Climbs to do before you die.

Tom Pillow ?/Oct -

hardest 5 days of my life obvs lots of aid.

Ellis Bird 03/Jun AltLd

Amazing route with lots of free and French free climbing. Fully aided about three pitches. Far better than our experience on The Nose.

GeorgeHH 06/Oct/17 -
Scott Quinn 06/Oct/17 AltLd

big wall party - pretty awesome trip with just enough pizza cake & beer

CMoore 06/Oct/17 AltLd O/S
tunnah 06/Oct/17 AltLd O/S
Tom.Priestley 06/Oct/17 AltLd

Salathe Wall over 6 days and 5 nights. Did it as a team of 4 as a bit of a party wall. Very busy. We had an awesome time with pizza and beer and loads of banter. Lots of hauling and jugging and hauling and not much leading as you might expect but what a place to go camping!

D.Russell 11/Oct/16 AltLd dnf

Bailed from pitch 24 due to not having enough water. What a learning experience though. Hauled to heart then had a rest day then free blast into salathe. Bivy on el cap spire is mega!

timjones 26/May/16 AltLd dnf

Did the Freeblast and then rapped to wait out 3 days of poor weather. Went back up and bailed after 2 nights from the top of pitch 22 due to congestion on the route and yet another storm. retreat was relatively easy, we rapped straight down from the top of the Hollow Flake, 60 m ropes allowed us to find equipped rap stations all the way to the floor.

with Jeff Witt, Keith Hadley
Clip gate ?/Oct/15 -
sparkass 07/Sep/15 AltLd

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.

with Aaron Rotchadl, mshorter
JBO 07/Sep/15 AltLd

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!

mshorter ?/Sep/15 AltLd

3 nights on the wall. managed to free about 75% of the route.

with akon, sparkass
Little AndyH 18/Sep/13 AltLd
scott mayled 26/Aug/13 AltLd
with Zoomer
Zoomer 26/Aug/13 Lead dnf

Did first 2/3 pitches as aid practice with 2 novices. Aid was ok but top belay was painful!

thebigeasy 02/Sep/12 AltLd dnf

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.

Hidden ?/Jun/12 AltLd
Hidden ?/Oct/11 2nd dnf
stuart34 16/Sep/11 AltLd dnf

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.

with Amos Swanson
markalmack 11/Oct/10 AltLd dog

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!!

with amit tawfik
colesy 06/Sep/10 AltLd dog

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!

Barry Kerslake 02/Sep/10 2nd dnf
with Luke F
ShaneHoubart ?/Aug/10 -
duncan 10/Jun/10 AltLd
with Melissa Michelitsch
Paul ablitt 18/Sep/09 Lead dnf

failed above hollow flake

Hidden ?/Sep/09 AltLd
Hidden ?/May/08 AltLd
Nick Wallis ?/Oct/07 -

4 nights, bivis on Heart Ledge, The Alcove, The Block, Long Ledge

with Jon Coe, Andy Benson
Toby Dunn ?/Oct/07 -
with dustin
chrisbevins ?/Jul/07 AltLd
Peter Rhodes ?/Jun/07 AltLd dog
with Josh Cook, Nik Vukovich
chrishedgehog 19/May/06 AltLd dnf

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!

with S. Mead
alpinist63 ?/Jul/03 -


tuftynick ?/Oct/01 AltLd
with Kenton Cool
AlexRenshaw ?/Jun/91 AltLd

Free-climbed first day and then anything less than 5.11

frank ramsay ??/1991 AltLd

Storm on headwall made it very exciting.

keefe ?/Jul/90 AltLd
Neil McA 02/Jun/89 AltLd

Awesome first proper multiday big wall for both of us. Did the freeblast on 31st to Heart and fixed ropes to the ground. The next day we rested then jugged the ropes in the evening and slept on Heart ledge. On 2nd we went from Heart Ledge to the Block, a continuous, physical day, mainly free but with various scattered aid sections. Luckily Shaun got gems such as Hollow Flake (without big cams) and the nasty Ear, while i got the very wet Waterfall pitch which i stripped off for! Violent hail storm, luckily brief, disturbed our sleep on the block. On the 3rd we went Block to the top, a much less physical and more enjoyable section, lots of swinging about on easy aid in a fantastic position. Camp 4 for late afternoon for beers. Great memories.

with Shaun Hutson
Hidden ?/Aug/84 AltLd
charlesmfrench ?/Aug/84 AltLd dog
with Keith Milne
Hidden 02/Oct/81 AltLd
petemeads ?/Oct/78 AltLd O/S

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.

with Howard Johnson
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