23 October 2008
Katie Brown has onsighted the Regular Northwest Face (VI 5.12) of Half Dome, completing the 23-pitch route in about nine hours.Katie was on the route with Alex Honnold, who belayed and carried a pack.
Brown said the first "Zig-Zag "Pitch (5.11d) and the crux final slab were the most difficult passages for her.
Katie says: “Of course, the gods who created Half Dome decided to make the last pitch the hardest, and that after climbing some 20 pitches below,” she wrote on her blog. “On top of that, it was slab, my nemesis. I really think the only thing that kept me from falling was the desire to not have to climb the pitch again.”
Brown has spent several seasons in the Utah climbing a lot of hard crack climbs like: the four-pitch 5.13 Playing Hooky and an onsight of Tricks are for Kids (5.13a).