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Nov 212014
 
Push-ups at the Belay - by Walker Emerson

Welcome to Yosemite – By Walker Emerson My first multi pitch climb was the Nose of El Cap; 3,000 feet of difficult climbing. While most seasoned climbers take three to five days to climb the route, we did it in just 29 hours! It was not because of me that we accomplished this; the show was entirely run Read more…

Oct 212014
 
Steck Salathe - Squeezing in Another Classic

Squeezing in Another Classic A Route Description of the Steck Salathe by Walker Emerson  — (A WORD OF CAUTION: Before you embark on this adventure, please do your research! Review both online sources and printed guidebooks. This route is notoriously challenging and should not be taken lightly. Be both confident and comfortable climbing 5.10 cracks Read more…

Oct 012014
 
Six Days on El Cap - An Interview with Sam Elias

An Interview with Sam Elias by Walker Emerson JUNE 25th 2014: Sam and Mike shiver on a small rock ledge two thousand feet above the ground. They huddle around a small single burner stove for warmth. Burning their precious fuel, they pray the storm breaks before they run out of supplies or freeze to death. Read more…

Aug 272014
 
Flight of the Falcon - by Walker Emerson

  Walker Emerson is an avid outdoor climber, PG routesetter and monthly contributor to the Planet Granite blog. Last week I got attacked by a peregrine falcon. Cowering on a small ledge a thousand feet in the air. The bird flew straight at us, its talons and wings outstretched, moving with incredible speed. A long day Read more…

Jul 302014
 
A Day on the Incredible Hulk - by Walker Emerson

A Day on the Incredible Hulk Surviving an epic in the mountains – By Walker Emerson  — Shivering in the sun on a granite cliff I watch my yellow puke drip down the sparkling rock. Pieces of oats and a brown paste streaked with melted chocolate chips stain the ledge at my feet. I’m embarrassed. Read more…

Dec 192013
 
Staying calm at 3000 feet - Free climbing the Golden Gate

It’s been ‘splitter’ weather here in Yosemite, and I’ve been taking full advantage of it. Every Friday I make the 4 plus hour drive to the valley and bang my head against some small part of the massive monolith that is El Capitan. This is my 3rd season climbing on El Cap and I’m finally Read more…