Freeing El Corazon with Nik Berry

Good job Nik actually writing something about our free climb up El Cap last June 2012. We had a fulfilling adventure and I even had some fun in the mix. Perhaps my favorite non-climbing moment was sitting in the portaledge on our third evening. The sun was setting and we’d just freed the hardest pitches of the route. Nik turned on his IPhone and speaker and we proceeded to listen to his new favorite podcast. The subject happened to be women talking about their masturbation preferences. A perfect combo to hanging 3000 feet off the ground as the sun sets and birds ride thermals up and down and around the wall.

Anyway, El Corazon was by far the hardest route I’ve climbed and I was contented with my effort (sticking with it for 4 consecutive days) and achievement (freeing the whole route and leading several of the 5.13 pitches clean).
http://nikberry.blogspot.com/2012/10/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-ja-x.html

The Final Haul. Photo by Jeremiah Watt

The Final Haul. Photo by Jeremiah Watt


Final pitch rated 5.13 on the route (Free routes El Corazon and Golden Gate meet 1 pitch below).  Photo by Jeremiah Watt

Final pitch rated 5.13 on the route (Free routes El Corazon and Golden Gate meet 1 pitch below). Photo by Jeremiah Watt

We even look like we like climbing together.  Or at least prepping our gear. Photo by Jeremiah Watt.

Go Team! Photo by Jeremiah Watt.

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