After spending most of the summer in South America and not doing any technical rock for a couple of months, I needed a reintroduction to Yosemite climbing and the Direct Variation fit the bill. Couldn't find the stem-around on the off width, which spat me out on the first attempt. The supposed layback crux wasn't too hard at all. No one else on the route. Climbed with Liz, who, as usual, hiked the OW crux and made me look bad. After lunch on the summit we soloed up to Cathedral Peak. A pretty good day.