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Mayan Smith Gobat on the Salathe Headwall

Mayan Smith Gobat on the Salathe Headwall
November 24, 2010 -  Mayan Smith-Gobat    

Snow has finally arrived in the Valley... The season is truly over and my plane leaves for NZ in about an hour. I am sad to leave this beautiful corner of the world which has taught me so much over the last couple of months and become another 'home' to me,  but at least the last few weeks have been stunning weather. Cool clear days and crisp nights with no people in the valley - it has been quite a treat to experience Yosemite without the usual crowds.


In the last couple of weeks I climbed a bunch of the Yosemite classics, and although this year I did not succeed in climbing the Salathe in my ideal style, a single push from the ground, I did manage one final attempt at free climbing the last few pitches of the Salathe - "The Headwall". This is the most striking feature on the route and the main reason why I chose to attempt this line. These two stunning and crazily exposed pitches of 5.13b/29 crack, are also the crux of the climb and previously I had barely had the opportunity to attempt, let alone red-point them, due to bad weather and lack of partners.

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