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silkyerm


Nov 29, 2003, 9:13 AM
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1.5 or 2 inch holes on El Cap  (North_America: United_States: California: Yosemite_National_Park: Yosemite_Valley: El_Capitan)
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I was at the base of EL Cap to the right of the Nose a few days ago (for the first time) and noticed some smooth drilled holes that were 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter. Below the big holes were smaller holes, most of which had rusted hardware in them. What were these holes for???


boltdude


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Search rec.climbing archives on Google.com for "holes el cap", it was discussed there in '98.

Best answer is below:

Message 9 in threadFrom: Russ Walling (FishProds@aol.com)
Subject: Re: What are the holes on the base of El Cap?  
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Date: 1998/09/28

Michael Creel wrote:
>
> I can't remember the story, but these holes appeared around 1988 or so.
> There are some similar ones at Lovers Leap too. They are core samples,
> but what for I don't know.
> Michael Creel.

They were there long before 1988. What they are is: a long time ago
there was a party going up on what is now "The Real Nose". The party
was a group of three engineering profs and the holes were drilled by
them in order to set up a new hauling contraption. The holes at the
base mark the high point for the party after 9 days of effort.
Hope this clears it up.
Russ


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