Background: Lea approached me asking if I wanted to do a big wall with her. She had always been interested, had all her personal gear and was super motivated; so I said sure. We chose Skull Queen on Washington Column in Yosemite. It was a good choice because it is just hard enough to keep things interesting (two pitches go at C2+), the right length to do in two to three days (one night bivy and one night on the ledge) and easy to rap the line if things got tough or weather got nasty. So we settled on it, sorted out the gear and were ready to rock.
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