After visiting the place many times over roughly a year and a half and climbing there for nearly as long, the one thing that was missing from my Bernal experience was actually climbing up the whole damn thing. Well check that off my list in a most pleasant way. We picked one of the classic and relaxed multi-pitch routes up. It was 6 delightful pitches on a beautiful, but very hot December day. The only unfortunate part is that I can’t call it an original Dawn Patrol/Local Crag Sunday entry because Sarah and I never climbed it together, as we should have before she left. Zero complaints about my current climbing partner. I love getting to laugh at him taking a call at the anchor for pitch 4.

What a great day. So satisfying to finally say that I have climbed Bernal.

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Boring pic of the first pitch

Just getting started in the nice morning light

Second pitch from the belay position

How I've missed multi-pitch and getting to use all my gear.

A vendor on the (cough) path waiting for the crowds. Using the path. How gauche.

First small pano of the day

Some early morning ceremony on the sacred monolith.

I forget which pitch, but I had some time.

The real bird's eye view

Slightly larger pano from mid-way.

Must be the third pitch

Happy at an anchor before it got way too hot.

Boring pic of the fourth pitch

That's right. Sometimes you just have to take the call.

Fifth pitch

At the top

Very satisfying

Teeny tiny Bernal town

Rappelling all the way down.

We basically did the left side of the wall to the arete and up.