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Ive been hit by a train!!!

so I have always dreamed of climbing the nose and now that I have, what else can I do with it? A NIAD!!! that is the logical disission so away went the text to Aaron, "NIAD?", and the response was something like "hell yeah!", so I skipped thursday/friday and had a 5 day weekend from hell. we drove up and sat in the medow in aw as usual. it was going to be Aarons first time up el cap and my first push. we were stoked and took another rest day talking to roger and other monkeys. then it was time to go to bed and set the alarm clock for 2:30. when we woke up we made 18 eggs, some cheese, yogert/granola and lots of water. as we got to the base around 4 AM Aaron felt like puking... that went away once we started.so away I went on my first block, I took us to sickle in 1.5 hours. when Aaron arrived on sickle he looked at me and said heres the gear you left behind and handed me 2 small cams! we both laughed and I was astonished that I ONLY left 2 peices in 4 pitchs! then I led the next 2 into the stove legs and it was time for me to jug. as Aaron got us to dolt he was moving slower then expected but never the less got us up there in 3 hrs. I took the pitch off dolt because I enjoyed it so much last time and Aaron got us to el cap tower. I then took us through the texas flake, king swing, grey bands, great roof, and up to camp 5. from the great roof and on it was dark:( we then knew we only had 5 hours and about 7 pitchs to make a NIAD. we were so spent we just slept for 30mins only to awake to rain and we got out rain gear out! the rain gear was 1 emergancy blanket and 5 trash bags. when it stopped Aaron took us to the glowering spot where it was protected and I took us to camp 6. on camp 6 we slept for 3 hrs untill it was light. then I looked at a very tired distrought Aaron (very much like myself!) and I said let me just get us off this route! when my hands touched that tree and I fixed the rope and took off my harness, I was the happiest person ever! then as I waited for Aaron to jug I made some ON TOP calls to, mark hudon and jaysen! I then put my phone away and noticed there was A GALLEN OF WATER 15' over and I drank half of it and could not wait to show Aaron who was equaly as dehydrated as I was. as we made our desent WITHOUT HAUL BAGS I made sure we had a support team with water and food at the manuire pile lot. then we went to the bridge and got wet and talked to the monkeys! so all in all our 31 hour push was intense and a great adventure!

PS: NEVER underestimate your first NIAD attempt!

theres the first look at the rim fire as driving in from wawona.
theres the first look at the rim fire as driving in from wawona.
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dolt tower
dolt tower
Credit: whitemeat long way to go!
long way to go!
Credit: whitemeat yep, that would be the sun!
yep, that would be the sun!
Credit: whitemeat Aaron fllowing pitch after dolt! my shoes are the same color as the ai...
Aaron fllowing pitch after dolt! my shoes are the same color as the air!
Credit: whitemeat Credit: whitemeat el cap tower!
el cap tower!
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grey bands:(
Credit: whitemeat great roof!
great roof!
Credit: whitemeat smoke clearing a bit!
smoke clearing a bit!
Credit: whitemeat Aaron following the roof!
Aaron following the roof!
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I will surely be back and CRUSH the NIAD!!!

as the night came in I stopped with pics but Aaron has some top pics and stuff! comment the pics Aaron!

 

 

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Credit: Aaron Stireman   Sep 4, 2013 - 11:43pm PT Credit: Aaron Stireman Credit: Aaron Stireman Credit: Aaron Stireman Splitterz
Splitterz
Credit: Aaron Stireman Credit: Aaron Stireman Credit: Aaron Stireman Weeee!!!
Weeee!!!
Credit: Aaron Stireman


Whitemeat lol
Whitemeat lol
Credit: Aaron Stireman happy to be here!
happy to be here!
Credit: Aaron Stireman Shoulda used siege tactics. But luckily someone left us this gallon at...
Shoulda used siege tactics. But luckily someone left us this gallon at the top. We NEEDED IT. Badly. About 10 hours ago.
Credit: Aaron Stireman
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2013-09