School has just ended and I am already packing for my first trip—El Cap! I'm leaving tomorrow so today has been all about packing and setting up this blog and finishing some work (I will be in the Sierras for 28 of the next 31 days). I've also been studying the topography of the route, and I now fully understand the implications of climbing such a big face. Food, water, clothes, gear and waste all need to be carried up and out and I will be without running water for around five days. The Nose on El Capitan is highly technical and will require two training/review days prior to the start along with the use of several traditional racks (look up cams, nuts and tricams). Personally, I am most worried about the height and hanging on little pieces of metal 3000 feet up. I will be bringing a solar panel so hopefully there is service so I can keep you all updated, and ledges large enough so that I am comfortable pulling my phone out. Anyways, happy summer! 

Topo map, +/- 34 pitches

Topo map, +/- 34 pitches

The pile is growing  

The pile is growing