El Capitan Solo Speed Adventure

     Climbing For A Cause:              Solo on The Nose  

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This site serves as an intermediate way to accept funds for the Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance until we launch as a non-profit.

About the PPCA...

The PPCA is a Colorado Springs, CO based organization that is dedicated to creating a platform of communication, action and education in the Pikes Peak region by coordinating with land managers, the climbing community, and the public on issues such as anchor replacement, access, and environmental stewardship. 

Mission

* The Pikes Peak Climber’s Alliance will focus its efforts first and foremost on the sustainability of existing climbing resources in the Pikes Peak Region including but not limited to the four Colorado Springs Parks, Pikes Peak, The South Platte, Elevenmile Canyon and Shelf Road. In these areas, the PPCA will work with land managers including the City of Colorado Springs, the US Forest Service, The Bureau of Land Management, State Parks and private land owners to allow climbing, to ensure responsible use, and to maintain access.

* The Pikes Peak Climber’s Alliance will promote and protect responsible climbing access to city parks and public lands and provide educational resources to the climbing community and the public. It will be open and representative of the entire climbing community including traditional climbers, sport climbers, boulderers, aid climbers, top-rope climbers and solo climbers.

* The Pikes Peak Climber’s Alliance will promote safety through the responsible replacement and maintenance of existing climbing hardware including fixed pitons, bolts, and anchor materials on established climbs. The PPCA will strive to strike a balance between maintaining the historical integrity of the region’s climbing routes and climbing areas AND maintaining hardware that keep safety within acceptable margins.

FIND OUT MORE on our Facebook page! You can also email specific questions to pikespeakclimbersalliance@gmail.com. 

About the climb...

I will make a solo attempt on The Nose of El Capitan between 8 pm on Friday, June 6, and 8 pm on Saturday, June 7. If I am successful, I will be the first woman in the world to accomplish this objective.

I am inspired by having my climbing make a difference with others, and would love my solo attempt on The Nose to stand for something bigger. Please join me by making a donation to the PPCA and let's see how much we can raise together in 24 hours! 

To donate, visit the Donate Now! page above and right. 

For more information about climbing solo, see below. 

A word on climbing solo...

I (Jes Meiris) have been in Yosemite for the past few weeks, rehearsing The Nose route on El Capitan. The Nose is the most famous big wall climb in the world due to its accessibility (a ten minute easy hike from your car), it's fablulous climbing (if even half the pitches were anywhere near the ground, they would be classics!), and its aesthetic nature- straight up the prow of the largest granite monolith in the world. 

I have climbed The Nose six times in the last four years with various partners, plus many rehearsal pitches on the lower section. Inspiration to climb it solo came last summer, and I spent the winter months training in Colorado to become more comfortable with the solo system and building up both climbing and cardio endurance. The last few weeks have been dedicated to testing that system on the "Big Stone" to see if I am fast/strong/brave/safe enough to attempt The Nose, by myself, in a day. 

There are many ways to rock climb solo, but it's important to distinguish between soloing and free soloing. Free soloing is climbing without a rope or any gear for protection. In contrast, my solo climbing system  involves a 70 meter rope, a GriGri belay device, LOTS of gear, plus food and water for a full 24 hour push. In terms of safety, it's not much different from climbing with a partner. The main difference is, I have to climb each pitch two times- once to set protection and build a safe anchor, a second time to get all of that protection back so I can repeat the process.

It's a lot of work, yes. It's hard. It's often scary. You might be asking, then why?? 

Because I believe I can. Wish me luck!