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.
Jun 27, 2015
-- Brandon Adams (solo)
Rad climb. Was going for speed but logged a bit of air time half way, burnt hands. Continued to top for rad adventure. Roof never fails to excite.
- Sep 2014 3 days -- sean warren
Apr 06, 2014
-- Brandon Adams (solo)
Amazing climb. Eleven hours solo. Had to nail two beaks on pitch above Ahwahnee. Bummer but so it goes. No fixed gear in thinness. Roof was AMAZING!
Feb 24, 2014
-- Conner MacLeod, Will Masterman
First semi big boy route, the A3 pitch is beautiful and thin!
Feb 23, 2014
-- Will Masterman, Conner Macleod
Our first wall that required nailing. Conner was terrified on the A3 seam and I was gripped aiding behind the detached flake on pitch 5. Ended up getting back to the car at 12:30 Monday morning and racing to get back to the bay for work. Got pulled over doing 100mph in Danville and got let off with a warning!! Epic adventure!
- Mar 2013 2 days -- Jarad Stiles, Justin Cory
- Mar 2013 2 days -- Justin Cory, Jarad Stiles
Feb 12, 2012
-- Kevin DeWeese (solo)
Fixed to Ahwanee Sat 2/4/12, Blasted Sat 2/11, Topped out Sun night, Descended in 6" snow from overnight winter storm. Pitch 5 heads/beaks section and roof splitter crack was completely clean of fixed gear and so had to place everything myself which was slightly more committing than I expected. Good mental training.
Apr 23, 2011
-- Erik Sloan, Ryan Baker, Richie Copeland
Awesome climb o steepness! Ahwahnee Ledge is so bitchin. The heads on the first Wet Denim pitch are very thin and tend to come out from the weight of the cleaner, so I think that pitch is A4 if you're not clipping the free climbing bolts. What a natural line, so cool. Team Juicy Fruit woot.
Oct 18, 2009
-- John Greer, Jason Fauts
Nice hanging on the ledge with some other monkeys on West face.
- Sep 2009 1.5 days -- David Allfrey, Carmen Johnson
Apr 29, 2009
-- Roger Putnam, Brendan Harris
Climbed it in a day during a rain storm. Barely got we at all!
- Sep 1999 12hours -- Paul Gagner, Steve "Lucky" Smith, John Barbella
-- Ken Bokelund, Maureen bokelund
Fun slept on top