Tangerine Trip is a rare Southeast Face moderate. Its pros are that its steep and is an awesome location; its cons are traversy, not so classic climbing interspersed with tons of bolts. There are no bad El Cap routes but T Trip is a big step down in classiness compared to nearby Zodiac. The lack of stances or ledges at most belays, and some trickier traversing climbing also make it a couple letter grades harder than Zodiac. It is recommended to start on the first pitch of Lost in America and then climb the 3rd and 4th pitches of Virginia(and then continue up the Trip) to avoid doing the downclimbing on pitch 4 that is often very wet and difficult for the cleaner. If you know you will eventually climb nearby Aurora you won't miss any Trip pitches by doing this start, as Aurora does the first 3.5 pitches of the Trip. T Trip sees a lot of traffic because it is the most protected Winter/Spring Intermediate route--when the 2nd and 3rd pitches of Zodiac can be very wet. Tangerine Trip is a logical step up from Ten Days After, Mideast Crises, or Zodiac.


*Plan: Most folks fix a few pitches their first day. The wall is steep and the climbing can be a little slow at times so most people end up hauling on day 2 and climbing to pitch 5 or so(pitch 5 is long and can be slow to lead and clean). Most parties spend 3 nights on the wall and a night on top.


*Ledge: There are small ledges/stances on top of pitches 7 and 9 which make a hanging bivy much more enjoyable(you can set small things like the stove,ect. on the ledge).

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Speed Record

Ammon McNeely, Cedar Wright
Jul 2002
  • Oct 11, 2015 5 days -- Tito krull, Christan Cattell and Conner Britts
    My Second El Cap route and second wall ever, my partners first true big wall. good times! We decided to start on the first 4 pitches of Virgina to avoid the wild pendulums pitch. The line is very forced but is a great intro to the grade and the steep walls.
  • Jul 15, 2015 1 day 02hours -- bud miller, Dave Weintraub, Phill Wessler
  • Nov 15, 2014 3.5 days -- John Greer, Julian Kuettner
    Julian's first El Cap route. He did way better than his first lead on Leaning Tower. Can't wait to come back and solo this route.
  • Aug 2014 4 days -- Robbie Brown, Nick W
    Lead all the c3 cruxes. Nick took a 100 footer!
  • Aug 2014 4 days -- Robbie Brown, Nick W
    Lead all the c3 cruxes. Nick took a 100 footer!
  • Jan 18, 2014 1.5 days -- mickey sensenbach
    super duper fun, but very tireing. I climbed the first 7 pitches then jugged the rest! great bivy ledge on top of second to last pitch!!!!!!!!!
  • May 2013 8 days -- Keenan Waeschle (solo)
  • Sep 2011 21h:50mins -- Ben Lepesant, Paul
    fun. w/ direct start. first el cap climb without bivy. shortfixing is nice. good position throughout.
  • Aug 24, 2011 3 days -- Ben Lepesant, Jacques
    did the first 6 pitches of Lost in America, then onto the 8. anchor of the trip. could be called "lost in the trip" , and has been done before. LiA has a lot of fixed gear. Tangerine America sometime, I hope.
  • Aug 24, 2011 3 days -- Jacques Lepesant, Ben Lepesant
    first 6 pitches of LiA, then over to TT
  • May 29, 2011 2.5 days -- Adam Long, Angelo Angelilli
  • Sep 26, 2010 2 days -- David Allfrey, Logan Talbott, Mathew Smith
  • Sep 08, 2010 2.5 days -- Dominic Oughton, Bill Deakin
  • Sep 2010 4 days -- Neil Chelton, Callum
  • May 19, 2009 2.5 days -- Roger Putnam, Alex Baker
  • Mar 30, 2007 5 days -- Erik Sloan, Jean Reedle, Wayne Willoughby
  • Oct 2006 4 days -- francesco gherlenda, bruno da ros
    first aid route!
  • Aug 2005 4 days -- Jacques Lepesant, Yves Dondelinger
    LIA +Virginia start ( to 4)
  • Sep 2003 4 days -- Erik Sloan, Richie Copeland
  • May 18, 2003 3 days -- Rachel McCullough, Erik Sloan
  • May 2003 4 days -- Erik Sloan, Rachel Arst
  • Jul 2002 4 days -- Erik Sloan, Jaimie Mundo
  • Oct 1999 6 days -- I P, RM
  • Jun 1996 5 days -- Ken Bokelund (solo)
  • Jun 1995 4 days -- Erik Sloan, Russ Mitrovitch
  • Sep 1993 -- Oszkár Nádasdi, Gábor Berecz, Zsolt Rácz

Trip Reports

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1. Partner
Ammon McNeely, Cedar Wright
Jul 2002
Steve Gerberding, Jay Smith, Scott Stowe
Aug 1991 (first one day ascent)