writes about the natural features of the Salathé Wall
We had spotted the Salathé
Roof, and the single crack running up the Headwall, during our
reconnaissance from El Cap Meadow several days before beginning the
climb. It looked
spectacular, even from the ground. But
the full force of the exposure Roper describes did not reveal itself
until we started out into that spacey place.
It was an experience of a lifetime.
HEADWALL ROOF, Tom leads
pitch 29, the Salathé Wall, El Capitan,
Yosemite National Park, California.
First ascent by Royal
Robbins, Chuck Pratt, and Tom Frost, 9˝ days, September 1961.