Anna nearing the top of the first pitch (5.10a). The bottom of the pitch involves climbing up a series of flaring pins scars. I thought this was kind of scary because there was no pro at all for the first 30 feet. But then again, I'm kind of a wuss.
After that, the climbing became more enjoyable and much better-protected.
Looking down pitch 2 (5.10a).
You start by moving over to the crack on the right (climber's left) and make a fun and slabby traverse back over to the crack on the left.
After the crack-switch, the rest of the pitch is a very nice finger/off-finger crack.
Pitch 3 is the crux, fun 5.9 hands to a short but steep 5.10d thin-finger crack. The fingerlocks were solid, but there were no feet whatsoever, which made placing gear pretty tough.
Anna cranking through "the locks".
Pitch one of Sons of Yesterday is a low-angle and bushy 5.6. Sons begins in earnest with its crux, pitch 2, a long and sustained thin-hands and off-fingers crack.
Looking down from the top of Sons' third pitch (5.9).
Pitch 4 of Sons (5.9). Super Topo calls this pitch "perhaps the single best hand crack splitting a clean face of granite in Yosemite." This may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the pitch was definitely a pleasure to climb.
Following Sons P4.
Pitch 5 (5.10a) of Sons is pretty unique, a nearly horizontal thin-hands crack.
From the top of Pitch 5, nine raps with a single 70m rope got us back to base. We were definitely psyched to take our shoes off at this point. Eight straight pitches of straight-in crack climbing is not easy on the toes.