Big hearty congratulations to Newfoundland climbers Nick Brown, David Bruneau and Daniel Alacoque (The Choss Boys) on being the first Newfs to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. After a year of training at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St John’s they set off on an epic journey that saw them climbing and honing their Big Wall skills in Squamish, BC, The Bugaboos in the Canadian Rockies, Smith Rock in Oregon culminating in topping on on the Salathe Wall of El Capitan this weekend.
Nick Brown writes; ” After 4 long days, Daniel, David, and I lived out our dream of climbing El Capitan via The Salathe Wall. It was an awesome and humbling experience. Dealing with the exposure on the head wall (an overhanging pitch 2700 feet up the route) took a lot of energy, as did the constant strain of spending every daylight hour climbing. I couldn’t have gone up with better partners. They dealt with my persistent impatience gracefully, and even managed to calm me down during some of the most stressful moments. It takes strong teamwork to keep things together on such a huge mission. Needless to say, we are feeling on top of the world today!”
You can check out their trip log of adventure and photos at The Choss Boys!