We started the day by carrying another thirty pounds of gear to the base at seven in the morning. The climb started with a nice series of four pitches (~400 feet), of which required some swinging on the ascenders and some hanging belays. Climbing was straight forward without a haul bag, although I carried a backpack and a rope backpack and another rope, which made traversing foot-wide ledges precarious. By noon, we had climbed 400+ feet and Mark lowered me back to the ground on his 600 foot rope, which took ten minutes. He then spent two hours hauling the gear up to the ledge while I worked from below to make sure the bags did not get stuck on any overhangs. Joining us on the Nose were two German parties, some French parties (although it might just be one; they are really loud so it's hard to tell how many there are) and some college climbers. After climbing, I learned that there is a team attempting to climb both El Cap and Half Dome in a day. Meanwhile, my mom ended up climbing a five pitch (600 feet) classic route, The Nut Cracker, to pass the time. 

Tomorrow I will get up at 5:30 to ascend back up the fixed rope and continue to El Cap Tower where I will spend the night. Much more elevation gain to come tomorrow and the next days. Tonight is my last night on solid ground (and ~7000 feet elevation) until at least Thursday. I better not forget the toilet paper! 

View from Sickle Ledge, 4 pitches up

View from Sickle Ledge, 4 pitches up

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