Reticent Wall in a Single Push

By Dougald MacDonald ,

Photo by Luke Laeser

Ammon McNeely, Ivo Ninov, and Dean Potter raced up El Capitan’s Reticent Wall (VI 5.7 A5) in 34 hours 57 minutes on July 12-13. This was the first single-push ascent of the route, and it marked McNeely’s 50th ascent of El Cap.

The Reticent Wall takes a direct line to the right of the Nose of El Capitan. Established by Steve Gerberding, Lori Reddel, and Scott Stowe in 1995, the 21-pitch route is considered one of El Cap’s hardest aid climbs. It starts on the relatively modest New Dawn, and then most of the 14 pitches above that route’s Lay Lay Ledge are rated A3 or harder.Comment on this story

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