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John Frieh

[TR] Incredible Hulk - Red Dihedral 8/16/2009

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Trip: Incredible Hulk - Red Dihedral

 

Date: 8/16/2009

 

Trip Report:

A little overdue but nevertheless: granite moderates down south.

 

Left town Friday night... drove most of the night and crashed out for a few hours of :yawn: in a baseball field in Placerville around 5 am. Got rolling again mid morning and hit Lovers Leap for a quickie before continuing on to the Sierras.

 

Everything was packed except for Traveler's Buttress. 50 classic? Sure... why not.

 

Daniel on p1

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Style with a capital S

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Apparently handlebars make offwidths easier...?

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[video:youtube]

 

Pitch 3

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Daniel taking it to the top

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After traveling Traveler's we pointed it SE for Bridgeport. A quick burger stop in Nelson which may or may not have been a good idea (sidenote: Admins we need a fart gramelin).

 

After locating the trailhead and free camping :grlaf: we sacked out for a few prior to our 4 am departure... supertacos makes the approach sound tricky so we wanted to allow plenty of time for the approach. We lucked out and were first on the route :)

 

Incredible? Yes.

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We opted for the Red Dihedral as this was our first trip in here and we wanted to do our homework for future trips

 

Early on

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The Red Dihedral

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[video:youtube]

 

Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

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HULK ANGRY! (or maybe just stoked :laf:)

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The final pitch ends with a tunnel through just below the summit...

 

Daniel sneaking through

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Then it was my turn... let's just say Brock and Daniel had their doubts...

 

"Dude I don't know if you're going to fit John"

[video:youtube]

 

I have the nicest climbing partners :laf: :laf: :laf:

 

All in all good times down south. Can't wait to go back

 

Approach Notes:

zoom zoom + supertacos

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F'ing awesome, John! 2thumbs.gif

 

The Leap will always be one of my most cherished climbing memories. Such good stuff there!

 

The Dihedral looks like beautiful climbing.

 

Thanks for sharing. clap.gif

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fuck the climbing, i can't see that sweet 'stache and not feel trenmdously jealous!

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awesome pictures. that rock is so cool looking

 

 

butt.JPG

 

the rope catches your fall better when you can place pro. :laf:

 

thanks john!

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the rope catches your fall better when you can place pro. :laf:

 

:laf: I like running it out on moderate terrain... I have found it helps me remain calm on ice and/or alpine routes where gear isn't readily available for whatever reason.

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the rope catches your fall better when you can place pro. :laf:

 

:laf: I like running it out on moderate terrain... I have found it helps me remain calm on ice and/or alpine routes where gear isn't readily available for whatever reason.

 

:tup:

 

This TR is a thing of true beauty. I've looked at it 4 or 5 times now. Great pictures!

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My wife and I just climbed this route yesterday. Most incredible piece of alpine stone. Maybe it was the altitude or it was me, but the dihedral pitch was rather tiring. Thought the jamming was more difficult than the bulge finish. Did you find/climb the splitter 10a on the 7th pitch?

 

That piece of rock deserves numerous visits.

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