Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Saturday, 9 October 2010

06-10-10, Yosemite, California - Rock Climbing

View from the top of El Capitan looking towards Half Dome.

I have spent the last 3+ weeks in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. It has been an 'awesome' trip. We spent most of the time in The Valley, but had a short foray to Touloumne Meadows as well. The aim was to do some Big Wall aid climbing, but we also did some Free climbing to remember that climbing is fun! Highlights include 'West Face' of Leaning Tower (picture right - pitch 6) and 'The Nose' on El Capitan. We had very hot weather usually 30-35 degrees. Water was a slight issue but it just meant we had to carry more in our Haul Bag! The Valley was very busy (tourists and climbers) as you might expect with it having not only west US appeal but also International appeal, where else can you be suffering for days on end on a 3000ft wall to then be eating pizza and drinking beer within 4 hours of topping out?!

The Ahwahnee - bivi ledge of Leaning Tower (very plush!).

View down to Ahwahnee Ledge, West Face of Leaning Tower.

Easy Hauling on Leaning Tower.

The start of 'The Nose', El Capitan.

'The King Swing' on El Capitan.

Looking down end of the Great Roof pitch.

Jugging on the last day of 'The Nose'.

Topping out.

'On The Lamb', Touloumne Meadows. A glorious 5.9 (HVS/E1) free route after all that slow, faffy aid climbing!

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