Monumental Fun that puts you through 39 pitches that end a few hundred yards from the Glacier Point Railing. The hardest cruxes are well protected and there are many bolts on the route, but a few pitches have tricky moves a bit lead out. Most pitches are short and can be combined with the next. (We did the route 9/06 and it was probably the first ascent all season - debris on fixed pro. The best printable topo I found for the route is http://member.newsguy.com/~climbing/Galactic%20HitchhikerTopo.html I have a number of corrections to the topo in addition to Karl's that I could send to anyone interested firstname.lastname@example.org)
Submitted by: johnr9q on 2006-09-29
Route ID: 21539
This is an odd route. The first bit is typical run out apron climbing--up to the oasis. above the oasis is a short bolt ladder--5.9. A traverse left leads to 5 or six pitches of run-out climbing. One or two of these approach serious. The next 5 or so pitches are more bolt ladder up difficult slab. After this, several "pitches" of class 4 hiking up to the headwall. We arrived at the headwall at about 5 pm, not certain where to go. One must traverse a steep slab to pick up the last few pitches. We hiked back down the class 4, and hiked out a gully--full of broken glass. Found an old booze bottle from 80 years prior.
Great route! Did this with scotty in 20 pitches and ~12 hours while pulling on bolts up higher to move faster. 5.10 A0!! For an updated topo and TR go here: http://pullharder.org/2008/06/17/galactic-hitchhiker/
Make sure you hitchhike back down to the valley, best descent in yosemite!