As a traditional climber, I never really know for sure if a route I
climb is a first ascent. Nearly all my FA's are clean. So
it's very possible someone else climbed it clean before me and just
didn't report it. The way I didn't report it (until creating this
page in 2012).
But these climbs weren't in any guidebook when I climbed them, so they felt like first ascents, and it's
the experience that matters, not the record book. I'm not
providing topos or route descriptions so that subsequent climbers can
discover them and have an experience
of a first ascent like I did. If you want route beta, contact me.
Yosemite Valley - several - 5.5 - 5.8 (1- 5 pitch)
Tuolumne Meadows - several 1-3 pitch (5.6 - 5.9)
Wishon Wall - 5.8 (5 pitches)
Needles - 5.8 (5 pitches)
Fresno Dome - 5.8 (2 pitches)
The Balls - numerous 5.5 - 5.9, 1-3 pitch.
Chimney Rock - 5.9 (1 pitch)
Dinkey Dome - 5.6 (2 pitches)
Dogtooth Pk area - 5.6 (unroped solo, onsight: 2 pitches)
Mt. Spencer - N. Ridge
Pinnacles - numerous short 5.6 - 5.9
Bishop Peak - numerous 1 pitch 5.5 - 5.9
The one area of FA's that I have
reported is a crag for beginning trad leaders.
Tuolumne Meadows - Monkey