Last Sunday on the CBC Sook-Yin Lee interviewed Dean Potter (a major force in Yosemite climbing and climbing in general over the past decade or so). I met Dean in the fall of 2003 at the base of Half Dome. Both Dean and his partner as well as myself and my partner had the plan of climbing the Regular North West Face (a true Yosemite classic), 2200′ of beautiful granite cracks and chimneys with some very cool features. Our plan was to climb the first 400′ in the late afternoon then fix ropes back to the ground. Then we would sleep at the base of the route to allow us a solid start the next day when we would climb to 1700′ before spending the night on the wall and finishing the last 500′ in the morning of day 3. Deans plan on the other hand was to climb all 2200′ (which he did in a couple of hours) while we climbed the first 400′, and then jump off the top at sunset… This was near the very beginning of his BASE jumping exploites.
9 years later….
If you only plan on watching 1 of this three part video watch the second as it’s all Squamish and the West coast.