268 Wet Denim is a pint-sized version of the nailups found on El Cap's southeast face: steep, wild climbing follows mostly continuous thin cracks with plenty of fixed gear that can make the going seem easier than the ratings suggest. The final roof pitch, which climbs 15' of pure dangling horizontalness, is one of the coolest aid leads in the Valley. Climb Wet Denim after you've climbed Southern Man, The Prow or Ten Days After and are aspiring to the bigger nailups on El Cap; it is similar technically to Zodiac but is much eaiser as it is much shorter.


*Plan:  Splitting your loads into two for the steep, scrambly approach will help keep the stoke high and keep you moving. Spend the first day getting to Ahwahnee ledge and fixing a pitch or two. Day two climb to the top(Dano Ledge just below the summit is a righteous hang) and bivy or descend.


*Ledge: Ahwahnee Ledge is plush for 4 or 5, squeezable to 7. Dano Ledge is plush for 3 or 4.


*The Elements: This route is mostly dry during storms, though some rain/snow will drift onto Ahwahnee ledge so it is best to bring a bivy sac or tarp.

Trip Reports

Trip Reports



1. Partner
David Allfrey, Alex Honnold
Oct 2012 (New Speed Record!)