Ascent of El Capitan on 2002-11-20
|Others in Party:||Last week I was the only climber on the wall. Amazing.|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, November 20, 2002|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7569 ft / 2307 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFirst major 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:
Poster by Master Topo: 1-st ascent of the Quo Vadis solo by Jacek Czyz (2003). Photo by Jacek Czyz.
Click here for larger-size photo.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||14000 ft / 4267 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||14000 ft / 4266 m|
| Grade/Class:||VI 5.9+ A4+|
| Quality:||10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Aid Climb|
| Gear Used:||Rope, Tent Camp, Bivouac|
| Nights Spent:||23 nights away from roads|
| Gain on way in:||14000 ft / 4267 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3000 ft / 915 m; Extra: 11000 ft / 3352m|
| Loss on way in:||11000 ft / 3352 m|
| Route:||Quo Vadis 1-st asc|
| Start Trailhead:||4569 ft / 1392 m|
| Time:||30 Days |
| Loss on way out:||3000 ft / 914 m|
| Route:||rappelling the wall|
| End Trailhead:||4569 ft / 1392 m|
| Time:||1 Days 6 Hours |
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