testing out the new bivy sack
aid climbing practice on leconte boulder on a rainy day
the less steep side of leconte boulder
struggling to the top
crawling all over the granite jungle gym
coming down from pee pee pillar on middle cathedral
carling belaying in the ice cave at the bottom of central pillar of frenzy
pitch 2/3 of CPoF
250 feet up our climb, a bear wanders up and starts poking through our bags
yelling "hey bear!" does nothing but he eventually loses interest leaving our gear strewn about but undamaged
monitoring the bear situation
pitch 4 of CPoF - wonderful double hand cracks
apparently the two guys don't know how to smile...
cramped hanging belay for 4
internet break at the awhanee
just finished first aid pitch - dihedral wall pitch 1
scotty done with cleaning
scott's turn to lead
the start of an awesome day - east buttress of middle catherdral
near the top of the harding bolt ladder pitch
traversing to the choinard variation
starting to threaten rain a bit (which it did briefly)
sleepy time at the top of middle catherdral
searching for the katwalk descent
awesome views of higher cathedral from the canyon between middle and higher
deep in higher cathedral gully
back before dark!
another aid practice day - this time on north American wall, which overhangs for its first 1000 feet or so - a very intimidating experience
3 hours later, hillary is done with her first hard full length aid pitch
sorting gear for our first big wall!
the pigs are loaded and ready
I would learn a dislike for this thing...
apparently yosemite construction workers are climbers?
ready to hit the trail to the base of washington's column
a bear was prowling around the start of the climb
Hillary, looking good despite being off route...
oysters at dinner ledge
scott on the kor roof
what an awesome ledge
view out the tent
done fixing pitch 4
40mph wind and rain drives us back to dinner ledge
quasi-victorious, we spurge on a tent cabin
trying to get to a zen state before generator crack
generator chews me up and spits me out...
looking entirely too happy
3AM negotiation of bogs on the way to my favorite things on clouds rest
light finally comes as we get to the final approach slabs
climb starts a little ways past that vertical row of bushes
start of the climb
first river crossing (pitch 2)
2nd river crossing (pitch 3)
somewhere in the sea of granite
pitch 7 fun corner crack
pitch 8? the indiana jones river climb pitch
bushy ledge at pitch 10 we take lunch
crux pitch (11)
scott at the final belay (15)
huffing it up the final 1200 feet of slabs
victorious and not yet contemplating the descent
through lots of snow
in the dark
and negotiating the bogs at 11PM
delirious back at the cars!
rest day activities...
y-crack is carling's rest day activity
running it out on goodrich pinnacle
a windy summit morning on goodrich