Ascent of El Capitan on 2002-11-20

Climber: Jacek Czyz

Others in Party:Last week I was the only climber on the wall. Amazing.
Date:Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:El Capitan
    Elevation:7569 ft / 2307 m

Ascent Trip Report

First new route on the wall established solo by noAmerican climber.
Spent 30 days on the wall, 26 climbing, 4 hauling etc. 23 nights. First time start on Oct 8-th, fixing 4 pitches in 5-6 days. First continuous push 19th-26th to reach Turning Point and fixed to Mammoth Terraces. Next was final push Nov 1-st stopped by big 4-days storm on Nov 6-th (still able to fixed to MT). Real final push from Nov 12, topped during the night of November 20?02. Descent by rappel down the ascent route and Muir Wall to MT on Nov 21-22nd.
Start between Muir Wall and the Dorn Direct, pass Mammoth Terraces to right, crosses Muir Wall another 2 times, take Direct Finish crossing Muir the last time. Top out is even greater then on Zodiac or Dawn.

The best on net zoom able image/topo of center of El Cap:

Mountain Project page:

Some early publication in English:"Jacek
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Poster by Master Topo: 1-st ascent of the Quo Vadis solo by Jacek Czyz (2003). Photo by Jacek Czyz.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:9500 ft / 2896 m
    Grade/Class:VI 5.9+ A4+
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Tent Camp, Bivouac
    Nights Spent:23 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:9500 ft / 2896 m
    Extra Loss:6500 ft / 1981 m
    Route:Quo Vadis 1-st asc
    Trailhead:4569 ft / 1392 m
    Time Up:30 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Route:rappelling the wall
    Time Down:1 Days 6 Hours 

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