David Brendgard


Route Log

  1. Oct 2015 Skull Queen, Washington Column South Face w/ Solo (solo) . 3 days
    Great route after leaving the crowds of the S.Face. Exciting exit move onto the rivet/bolt ladder on the route proper. The tree haul went better than I thought. The wide pitch took a big cam and bat hook. The whole route was enjoyable. I used a #3 beak hand placed twice, other than that standard gear rack. There are loose flakes on the pitch above Clance Stance, beware! the last pitch was awesome!
  2. 2014
  3. Oct 15, 2014 West Face, Leaning Tower w/ Solo (solo) . 2.5 days
    Great climb. Soloing it was fun, lots of free hanging raps back to the bags. I linked 3&4 easily, I did Eric's pitches and it worked out great with a 60. Pitch 3 was the crux for me. Loved the roof on 6. I bivied on Ahwahnee and Dano. If you have the time; stay on Dano for your second night. Its a cool and spacious ledge at the top, I had a solo part-ay, up there with the 1 liter of wine I brought along. Why not, eh? There is really only one way to descend, down the gulley. The last rap anchor is near the tree on the South side of the gulley. Climb it yo.
  4. 2013
  5. Oct 03, 2013 Lurking Fear, El Capitan Southwest Face w/ Solo (solo) . 9 days
    7 days with fixing 3 and the descent. My first El Cap route. Fixing to three was key. The window pain is fun, don't bypass unless you are truly freeing that version. I had a team of two pass me on the top of five and had the route to myself from then to Thanksgiving when Clark Jacob and Dave Brennon caught up to me. The run out was big! I had 2 #4 Camalots and leapfrogged the entire length of it. Just Zen out and don't think about the fall potential. The gear is good. I hooked the Grad Traverse and it had a big reach on it, maybe 3-5 hook in a row. Took a fall on the Neds Mantle pitch in the flare after the 'easier' way. The three pitches leading to thanksgiving were the worst for leading and hauling. The top out was long and aggravating to the summit. Overall, just what everyone says. The first 12-13 pitches are great splitters C1, C2 awesome climbing and excellent setting. The last third of the route in poor quality, sucky hauling and bush whacking to the summit. I walked off and had to ferry loads. Clark Jacob walked off with me and we talked history for 11 hours. Have Fun.
  6. 2006
  7. Sep 09, 2006 The Prow, Washington Column East Face w/ Solo (solo) . 3 days
    Solo in 3 days. Took a ledge, Fish One Night Stand. I took 9L of water and ran out the last day. The route was easy with a couple tricky section, I think pitch 3 was the hardest for me. I went strait up and did not do the belly crawl, with a couple of big cams you can aid the OW. However, because I was so hot and thirsty I did detour into the belly crawl to get some shade and moisture then went back out onto the OW. The views from the top are great of Half Dome. The descent was....shitty. I was scared of the 4th class traverse and shuttled load across, I should have fixed a line. I found water on top which saved my butt on the descent. Great route for a Grade V.
  8. 1999
  9. Sep 09, 1999 Regular Northwest Face, Half Dome Northwest Face w/ Erica Spohn. 3 days
    First wall, we hauled, not as bad hauling as everyone makes it out to be. Lots of free in the 5.10 range. Big Sandy is so great, awesome views of the valley. We took the trail in and out, big pain! Loved the route and the history, can't beat the location. In '99 we could have gone with one set cams and one set stoppers, many fixed pieces. I was glad I had a big cam on the 5.7 entry to the chimneys! Thank God Ledge was a blast. Spent the night on top to wake up to excellent sunrise over the High Sierra.

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