Strolled up the south side after earlier climbing Cathedral Peak. I wanted to enjoy the neat experience of walking up 100's of feet of smooth granite and was not disappointed! I think this dome is overlooked quite a bit by hikers since it's mainly a rock climbing place.....
Great route, fun descent, super weather (as usual?).
Late Start. Walked off in the dark without headlamps.
So I scrambled the south slope. Nice afternoon light on T. Meadows
Rock was slick on the first pitch with the early am start. Fantastic route, beautiful weather! Stimulating 4th class descent.
A perfect day. Got passed by a free soloer and a team of 2 w/a leader that told me he'd climbed the route a ridiculous number of times (like 70). I can live with this :-)
wet down low. fun route
Consulation prize after our other plans were thwarted by strong winds on the high peaks.
Amazing, excellent, awesome formation & climbs!! Finally did this one after staring at it driving by for years.
7.26.'8- Lucky Streaks: Rob convinced me to do this one first (i.e. before regular route). Great, steep, & challenging climb! Led the even-numbered pitches. Rob did an excellent job of flashing the crux pitch.
7.27- Regular Route: We decided we had to have coffee before getting on the rock. We sorted & racked gear in the parking lot of the Meadows grill, as it turns out they don't open 'til 8. To our luck & amazement, when we got to the base, there was only 1 other party on the rock, at Crescent Ledge (i.e. we basically had the route to ourselves). Started up at 10.00. Led Ps 1, 3, 5, & 7. We simul'ed after P8. Topped out at 15.40. Incredible climb, with finger locks galore, great liebacks, & sweet dihedrals. Views were incredible, but by the end of the climb, we could hardly see anything (could barely make out Conness) due to the smoke from the fires. The climb ends so abruptly you practically fall on your face when you reach for the next handhold that's not there! Amazing day on an amazing formation up an amazing climb.
Regular route on a cold, cold day
Had a great time with Marty- and ended up moving to Cali the next year. Wouldn't have considered it without the trip that happened since the entire BC and Rockies were cloaked in crap weather for th week we had planned with Chris and Joseph. Funny how life works. Wonderful!
Hiked from the Cathedral Lakes Trailhead as a warm up. Couple climbers topped out while we were sitting on top. Nice views.
Had the whole route to ourselves the entire day - apparently a nearly miraculous occurrence. A couple of tricks to save time: on the first pitch, go all the way up to the tree, clip it, belay your second another 30-40 feet or so, have him clip into a piece and then continue up to the next belay. From there, a 60-meter rope is just enough to make it to the big 7x10 ledge. From there the rest of the climb is a cruise.
Climbed with Eric Aldenhoff as the last route of our May 2007 trip to Yosemite. We got a great campsite for one night at Tioga Lake, just outside of the park, which we shared with some people in an RV. Started climbing the next day at around 8AM. There was a bit of water on the first few pitches, mainly in the wide crack above the tree on P2. The sustained hand/finger crack on P3 was a bit slick as well, but really fun. We linked some pitches and topped out around 2PM. I led P3 and half of P4 to an intermediate belay, the pitch above Crescent Ledge (P5), the traverse on P8, and some easy stuff on P11 and P12. The descent was really straightforward and we were on our way to Sacramento by 4:30PM. A great route to end the trip with some fantastic pitches followed by lots of easy, but fun, climbing.
a little cold this late in the season
Tried early morning. Tried early afternoon. Both times found huge lines stretched on whole route. Finally (3rd time we made the hike) had route to ourselves. Swapped leads with Shirley. Cold and windy. Dry P1. Sunny summit. Very nice line - as for the 50-classics status, kinda reminiscent of NE Face of Pingora IMHO.
Definetely a classic line. Got a late start on the regular route due to a slow party on the first pitch. It was worth the wait though! The first 2 pitches are a little on the slick/polished side (I guess I'm to used to Jtree super grip) We turned it into 6 belayed pitches and simul-climbed the last couple hundred feet because it was getting dark quick! Topped out to a beautifull sunset.
Took us 8 pitches, with some simul-climbing. Beware of Park Rangers, they are out to get you over there. They harassed us for getting there early (where did you sleep), then stole our food that we hung in a tree and charged me $100 to get it back. Fucking assholes. But the climb was nice. Angle to the left on the backside descent!
Climbed this route during a "tour of the classics" day that included Hermaphrodite Flake to the Boltway (South Crack had a line), West Crack, and Fairview Dome's Regular Route. This route is probably one of the best I've climbed. Amazing climbing in an amazing place. Strangely, there was only one other party on the route, and they were very courteous and let us pass on Crescent Ledge. We did the route in five pitches with a 70m rope plus a little soloing up top - definitely the way to go. A great end to a great day of climbing.
fullfilled a childhood dream finally with the missus.