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Grabbin\' Some Afternoon Delight in Yosemite (Photo Trip Report)

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.79585°N / 119.54164°W

Object Title: Grabbin' Some Afternoon Delight in Yosemite (Photo Trip Report)

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 22, 2010

Activities: Trad Climbing

Season: Summer

 

Page By: marauders

Created/Edited: Jul 13, 2010 / Apr 8, 2013

Object ID: 637946

Hits: 8884 

Page Score: 96.63%  - 61 Votes 

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Introduction

Climbers: Alec, Glenn, Matt, Me
It's 6:00 a.m. and I've been driving for seven and a half hours. Surprisingly, I've felt alert the entire time, allowing my buddies to sleep the night away. Driving west from Benton, California, dawn arrives and I finally begin to feel the first wave of exhaustion. I fiddle with the iPod, trying to find some music to give me a spark. But to no avail; all my music blends together in monotones. I then plug in my buddy's iPod and a musical delight teases my ears. Not just any musical delight mind you, this is "Afternoon Delight". I've never heard this song before, but after a few minutes, the songs wins me over and a smile spreads over my face:

"Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight, 
Gonna grab some afternoon delight.

My motto's always been, when it's right it's right, Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night

?
When everything's a little clearer in the light of day
. Then we know the night is always gonna be here anyway

.
Thinking of you's working up an appetite, 
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight."


I was entranced. Nice tunes! In the words of Will Ferrell "This song is quite simply the greatest composition in human history. If you disagree, I will fight you." I was reenergized. This week was about grabbin' some of Yosemite's afternoon delight.

Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley

Camp 4

Arriving in Yosemite on Sunday morning, we found plenty of space in Camp 4 as the crowds returned home from the weekend.
Yosemite Valley
Our first time to Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite Valley
Camp 4
Yosemite Valley
The neighbors

Cathedral Peak

Yosemite Valley caught us off guard. I don't know why, but I expected something less developed . . . not so much. So we drove up to Tuolumne for some peace and quiet. Cathedral Peak appeared to be a good starting point. The approach was a 50/50 mix of trail and snow, and fortunately we only saw one other group. They turned around after the first pitch giving us the mountain to ourselves.
Cathedral Peak
Approaching Cathedral Peak via Budd Creek.
Cathedral Peak
Looking up the Southeast Buttress.
Cathedral Peak
On the third pitch. Looking south.
Cathedral Peak
Some excellent cracks to the left of the standard chimney.
Cathedral Peak
On top!
Cathedral Peak
A large storm was brewing. Time to go.
Cathedral Peak Panorama
360-degree panorama from the summit of Cathedral Peak.
Cathedral Peak
Repelling down the south face.
Cathedral Peak
Hiking down Budd Creek in the afternoon.
Cathedral Peak
Tuolumne Meadows.

Royal Arches

We weren't too excited for a back-to-back 3-hour round trip up to Tuolumne, so we spent the next day in Yosemite Valley. Royal Arches is reported to be an easy, fun, 16-pitch climb. The tallest climb any of us had done was nine pitches, so we were excited to spend a longer time up in the air, particularly with the phenomenal views. Not all of the pitches were "vertical pitches" (some traversing, etc.), but it was a blast nonetheless. Combined with 11 rappels, this was a long day. Again, we were alone on the mountain . . . afternoon delight!
Royal Arches
Royal Arches
Royal Arches
Even with the guidebook, it took some time to find the base of the route.
Royal Arches
Ah, the first pitch.
Royal Arches
Compared with yesterday's stress-inducing storm, today's weather was a welcome change.
Royal Arches
Approaching the famed pendulum (climber on the right).
Royal Arches
Alec manned up and freed the 5.10 traverse. Not me, all pendulum baby.
Royal Arches
Pitch 16 equalled water. Lots of water!
Royal Arches
While pulling the rope after the first rappel, I saw a knot in the end of the rope after it was 40 feet up the wall. We tried to climb up to get it, but the final section of wall was too blank. This contraption saved us. Three sticks, a few runners, duct tape, and a nut tool.
Royal Arches
A few rappels later, Matt's still pulling the rope carefully. No gettin' stuck here. We reached the parking lot at dark.

Valley Sights

Day 3 was a rest day. We caught the USA v. Algeria game. (Okay, I admit, a Sports Grill in the middle of a National Park can be marvelously convenient. I'm such a hypocrite.) Then we spent the day seeing the sights.
Yosemite Valley
The Captain. We had a chance meeting with Alex Honnold at the bridge after his Half Dome / El Capitan linkup. That was cool.
Yosemite Valley
Bridal Veil Falls.
Yosemite Valley
Lower Yosemite Falls.
Yosemite Valley
Stunning beauty in the Valley.

Stately Pleasure Dome & Lembert Dome

Okay, back to climbing and back to Tuolumne. Our Cathedral Peak approach had been rather tedious and time consuming with deep, fragile, sun cups in the snow fields. We had no interest in fighting that beast all the way back to the Matthes Crest, so we opted for easier approaches. Stately Pleasure Dome and Lembert Dome were fine candidates.
Lembert Dome
Lembert Dome.
Stately Pleasure Dome
Stately Pleasure Dome (left).
Stately Pleasure Dome
A grueling 5-foot approach from the car.
Stately Pleasure Dome
Absolutely stellar climbing on West Country.
Stately Pleasure Dome
Pitch 4, West Country.
Stately Pleasure Dome
Last pitch of South Crack.
Stately Pleasure Dome
What a day. What a place!

Half Dome

What would a first Yosemite trip be without a Half Dome climb? We were excited. The approach and descent are long, but so scenic that the miles breeze by. We ascended between Mount Broderick and Liberty Cap, then descended the standard trail. In every respect the environment lived up to its reputation. The climb was outstanding. Even the summit was far less crowded than anticipated . . . more afternoon delight!
Half Dome
Half Dome from Glacier Point.
Half Dome
A cool, crisp morning.
Half Dome
Waterfalls everywhere . . .
Half Dome
. . . along the John Muir Trail.
Half Dome
We ascended between Mount Broderick and Liberty Cap.
Half Dome
Stunning details along the trail.
Half Dome
The east face of Half Dome.
Half Dome
The 5.7 traverses. Fun and scary.
Half Dome
The Snake Dike.
Half Dome
Definitely the most runout we've ever been.
Half Dome
Cool formations all along the route.
Half Dome
The last slabs to the top.
Half Dome
The famous view.
Half Dome
Looking down the Northwest Face. Oh my . . .
Half Dome Panorama
180-degree panorama looking east.
Half Dome
Going down.

Conclusion

With one day left, what would I naturally want to do? Climb? Watch the World Cup! I think they're on to something with this Sports Bar / National Park idea. :) The U.S. v. Ghana game was a kick to the gut, but nothing a pizza, coke and ice cream can't resolve. We drove home fully satisfied with our first Yosemite experience.
Half Dome
Matt, Matt, Alec, Glenn.
Yosemite Valley
Homeward bound.

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silversummitEnjoyable read!

silversummit

Voted 10/10

The photos are truly superb and really add to your report.

I don't climb anymore so found your report just the right mixture of climbing and what first time climber/visitors might experience at Yosemite. Sounds like you had a great experience! (And while you initially picked on an oldie favorite of mine from my 'courtin days', you did manage to redeem yourself!)
Posted Jul 14, 2010 10:17 am

rpcreally enjoyed it

rpc

Voted 10/10

thanks for sharing. GREAT photos.
Posted Jul 14, 2010 11:22 am

anitagreat

anita

Voted 10/10

pictures, great report!
Posted Jul 14, 2010 11:28 am

spengyExcellent

spengy

Hasn't voted

Nice pictures. I will fight anyone who says otherwise.
Posted Jul 14, 2010 4:05 pm

maraudersRe: Excellent

marauders

Hasn't voted

Ha, ha . . . true dat.
Posted Jul 14, 2010 5:23 pm

PinchosaOh yeah!

Pinchosa

Voted 10/10

"Afternoon Delight" indeed! Amazing!
Posted Jul 14, 2010 10:54 pm

darinchadwickAfternoon Attitudes.

darinchadwick

Voted 10/10

Ya know, I've done most of the routes in this report, but to do all of them on your first trip is awesome, in the true sense of the word. Good attitude is what it takes. Good on ya.
Posted Jul 15, 2010 2:35 am

LemieuxPhotoawesome trip

LemieuxPhoto

Voted 10/10

looks like a lot of fun! I want to go to yosemite when there's snow so bad but it's tough cause I live in mammoth! Although if I'd had the chance to go in june this year there would have been ha
Posted Jul 18, 2010 3:16 pm

dunsumVery nice!!

dunsum

Voted 10/10

Great photos and write-up Matt - glad you guys had a good trip.
Posted Jul 18, 2010 6:18 pm

maraudersRe: Very nice!!

marauders

Hasn't voted

Thanks! Have you been on any trips lately?
Posted Jul 19, 2010 12:06 pm

dunsumRe: Very nice!!

dunsum

Voted 10/10

Nothing to speak of,.... quick trip to the Teet's, quick trip to the City, little climbing here and there... I started a new job this summer and it's taking up a bit of my time. All good though. Still,........ !! I wish I could've gone along.
Posted Jul 20, 2010 9:15 am

maraudersRe: Very nice!!

marauders

Hasn't voted

When the weather cools down, I'd be interested to plan a trip to Red Rocks. Brenton has told me of some great routes down there. Maybe we could get a group together sometime.
Posted Jul 20, 2010 1:43 pm

dunsumRe: Very nice!!

dunsum

Voted 10/10

Yes, great routes at RR!! We should do it.
Posted Jul 24, 2010 12:24 pm

Jan VirtCool pics

Jan Virt

Voted 8/10

Hey, what camera did you use? It looks like these photos weren't taken by compact small camera, which I would normally take with me to the wall :-)
Posted Jul 19, 2010 11:05 am

maraudersRe: Cool pics

marauders

Hasn't voted

I use a Canon 30D with a 10-22mm lens. It's a heavy combination (roughly 3.5 pounds), but the photos are always worth the effort it takes to carry it along. I also bring a polarizer filter and a ND grad filter, to remove the "washed out sky".
Posted Jul 19, 2010 12:15 pm

LancerSuperb photos!

Voted 9/10

The photos are simply amazing! This is what keep dreams alive.
Posted Jul 19, 2010 11:39 pm

Sierra Ledge RatYou should be arrested

Sierra Ledge Rat

Voted 10/10

for having so much fun. Reminds me of when I was 18 years old, I had many fine trips such as yours.

AND YOU NEVER HEARD AFTERNOON DELIGHT BEFORE???????
Posted Jul 20, 2010 11:25 am

maraudersRe: You should be arrested

marauders

Hasn't voted

I've been deprived of Afternoon Delight for all these years!
Posted Jul 20, 2010 1:49 pm

TimmyCJealous

TimmyC

Voted 10/10

I'm pretty sure this is EXACTLY what every climber wants in a first visit to Yosemite. Great write up, and excellent photos.
Posted Jul 21, 2010 2:13 pm

albanbergWow! Sounds/looks like ..

albanberg

Voted 10/10

a great trip!

Nice report and great pics man...
Posted Jul 21, 2010 8:01 pm

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