After a dusting of snow Tuolumne was empty but open. The trailhead was devoid of cars when I arrived and unlike my previous trip up Cathedral a few weeks earlier I had this normally crowded mountain to myself! Patches of snow on the slabs added a bit to the routefinding. The summit solitude, sublime.
Summited with wife and cousin. Great climb despite the crowd. Had the summit to ourselves as one of the last parties of the day. Descended mountaineers route into a pleasant Sierra summer storm.
Climbed via the Mountaineers rte with Andre on a beautiful Fall day.
Windy but spectacular -- only person on the mountain on a Sunday. Quick r/t from the trail head -- only 3.5 hours but lots of fun.
Fun, fun climb and the views were outstanding. Too bad there's no summit register, but it would probably fill up too fast anyway due to the popularity of the peak.
We had to deal with a large volume of wind which made this climb seem more like work than fun.
Quick one up the 4th class route and then to Eichorn.
Is good! And has great views.
A fun climb after doing some of the Echos. Very impressive looking peak from the South.
awesome day on the white granite in the toulumne meadows in yosemite park of the sierras. wow, what a line-up. beautiful day, early start to avoid the crowd? we started at 8am. two groups of two ahead of us and only one more pair climbed the se buttress all day. saturday! lucky I guess. great crack variation on left near summit.
I have been to the base before, but we bailed because we did not wish to become involved with the Multi-pitch, multi-epics going on above. Thursday Aug 10 was a lot better, we left camp around 1 pm, and did the short hike to the base and found ONLY about 4 parties on the climb. Ryan decided to start on the right side so we could avoid the slow parties who were clogging up the starting cracks. (One team had enuf gear to do the Zodiac!) Two long pitches up 5.7 knobs put us at the chimney. I was pretty happy as I looked down and saw the other two parties still engaged with the cracks. We had made the right decision. After the chimney pitch, two soloists came up behind us and all route finding decisions were over and I chased em up the last pitch via some fine knob climbing. The view was fantastic! While sitting on the top, I could imagine the grand adventure Chuck Wilts had on the FA 66 years before! We made it back to the car around sunset, it had been another good day of climbing.
Superb half day climb. Thought the summit block was easy 4th class.
This trip was no exception as far as my climbing trips go, fly in, drive all night long and catch a short sleep, hit the trail and go climbing all day. After a long search for the site where the Tschanz family was camping, I finally threw my sleeping bag on the dirt for 3 hours of sleep. The approach in the morning was very pleasent, nice and brushless, gentle trail and then there was the view of an awesome looking peak. At the base we met Rob and Calvin and wished them fun as they started to climb. Soon after I teamed up with Mark and Jim climbed with Betty. We picked a free line and cruised up 2 pitches but then we ran into the bottleneck at the chimney pitch. There were ropes and so many climbers on every possible route, welcome to CA I guess... The weather held up even though dark clouds were gathering. Such a cool peak and fun climb, just wish it wasn't so crowded. Next day hiked up Mt Hoffman and then drove to Lembert Dome and climbed Northwest Books route. Tuolumne is a cragging area on steroids, must come back for Fairview Dome among others!
Third time up SEB. This time with David Victor - flew in from Palo Alto in the morning, were on the summit at 12:30pm, back at the car at 3pm, and at Whoa Nellie Deli at 3:30... Led all but the first pitch. Stormy day (we got hailed and rained on on the hike out), some parties bailed and others started up as the storm was coming in - don't know what they were thinking.
SE route. Second day ever outside on rock w/ pro. Lots of gym time, but this was my second day ever outside on real rock. What a rush. Since there was alot of traffic, we ran our route all over the place. Jam at the chimmey so we moved left and climbed a crack there. There was three of us and we did it in 4.5 pitches; 5.7 being the most difficult. Of course, our lead has about 20 years experience, so he lead the climb free solo with only approach shoes one. We passed several other parties and he belayed me and my other friend at the same time. A life changing experience. We've already started planning the next trip.
nice rock climb, many possible variations
Took someone on their first outdoor climb, a very enjoyable peak! Did the classic/original line including the chimney where I got stuck for a few minutes with my camelbak (and provided laughs).
Got a little bit of route on the route c. Unbelievable view from almost everywhere.
Miguel Carmona and I skied from Lee Vining to the NPS cabin in Tuolumne Meadows in one day (22 miles) and next day attempted to ski to Cathedral Peak SE Buttress. The snow along the creek (coming down from Budd Lake area) was so deep and unconsolidated, we spent all our energy trying to get to the peak. Turned around short of the buttress next day and skied back to Lee Vining. This was one of the toughest, longest and most tiring trips we both have done in a long time. We thought this could be attempted again, especially since the NPS allows you to stash food and gear at the cabin in the fall and would allow one to ski up there without too much heavy gear.
On my visit to Cathedral
I meet wonderful people...
But as we chat merrily,
I crave for solitude...
And from Cathedral crowds
I go on to the silence of Echos.