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Solo On The Salathe Wall

Early on the morning of November 6, Cheyne Lempe, a Yosemite Search and Rescue member and long-time Valley climber, set off for what he told Rock and Ice would be “the most difficult objective I have ever attempted in Yosemite Valley”: climbing the Salathe Wall on El Capitan in record time, solo. Twenty hours and 6 minutes later, at 3:51 a.m., Lempe topped out on Yosemite’s most iconic big-wall and established the new record for a solo ascent of the Salathe (5.9 R C2 35 pitches).

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