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Half Domea Historic Duel
Starting September 4th 2001, Live Updates

Check back here for live updates and photos of Mark Wellman's and Mike Corbett's
10th anniversary climb up the face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
Mark and Mike will be calling in updates by cell phone and we will also be
receiving photos and video from the wall.


Day 1, 9/4/01

Mark and Mike had a great day. They had a news conference at the Yosemite Valley Stables at 9:00am and then left for the shoulder of Half Dome at 10:15am. Mark rode on a horse guided by Kim and Forest from the YCS Valley Stables to the eastern shoulder of Half Dome, which took 3 hours.

From there Dean Potter and Mike Corbett carried Mark to the base of the climbing route. This took 1 hour and 48 minutes. Mike, John Dossi, and John Ausranc carried down all the climbing gear needed for the climb.

Tired but feeling great they were still sorting gear and setting up camp at the base of Half Dome at 8:30pm. They had even brought a tent to the base as there had been thunder storms the day before but today’s weather was perfect, great temps and a few clouds.

The plan for tomorrow is to start climbing early and try to get several climbing pitches in.

Photos from day 1
Mike carrying Mark down to base
Mike carrying Mark down to base


Day 2, 9/5/01

It took awhile but they finally got all the gear sorted and packed at the base and started to climb. Perfect weather with some puffy white clouds and temps in 70’s helped them along on this second day.

They made it up into the crescent arch, a huge gaping body sized chimney crack which is 3 pitches up. Mike said it was very strenuous to crawl his way up this crack. The team was amazed when they saw 3 Peregrine falcons swooping across the wall. After setting up camp all were in bed at 8:30 after a tough day with lots more climbing ahead.

Photos from day 2
Looking out over Yosemite Valley from climb
Mark jumaring up 1st pitch
Mark jumaring up 1st pitch
Mark jumaring up 1st pitch
Mark jumaring up 1st pitch
Mike leading up to Crescent Crack
Mike leading up to Crescent Crack
Mike leading up to Crescent Crack
Mike rappelling after leading


Day 3, 9/6/01    Mike Corbett takes a 40' fall and possibly breaks ankle.

The team is camping at the top of the 4th pitch and will be retreating off of the wall tomorrow. Mike Corbett took a 40’ fall while leading the 5th pitch and has possibly broken his ankle. He was on some very bad gear on a sandy, gravely slopping ledge and fell off. Mark reported that it was a good thing Mike had a helmet on as he also hit his head.

They will do a self rescue to the base of the climb and then make their way back up to the shoulder, about 1 mile up a steep hill, to the Half Dome cable trail. This could take awhile as Mark will have to be carried back up. At this point it is unclear how Mike will make up to the trail with his injured ankle, whether he can walk/crawl or will need some assistance from the support team. There they will take horses back to Yosemite Valley and Mike will head to the clinic.


Day 4, 9/7/01

Everybody is down off of the climb and back in Yosemite Valley safely. Mike Corbett went to the clinic and he has not broken his ankle

 

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