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USnavy


Feb 2, 2013, 2:51 AM

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Re: [maldaly] learning trad at yosemite
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While possible, Yosemite is not necessarily the best place to start climbing trad. In fact, Chris Mac says something to that effect in opening statements in many of his guidebooks. The problem is that Yosemite often involves mostly pure crack climbing on somewhat polished rock. That combined with mostly steep routes, stiff grades, a lack of easy climbing, and a lack of crack climbing and pin scar climbing skills can serve as a recipe for failure/ injury.

I am not going to say Yosemite is a bad place to learn trad. I learned almost everything I know about wall climbing in Yosemite. But I will say that there are certainly easier and safer places to learn trad. The upside is that the general experience level in Yosemite is higher than most places which increases the odds of partnering up with someone actually qualified to teach trad. But make no mistake, there are still plenty of noobs who try to climb the Nose and bail off the second pitch from a lack of experience.


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