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

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California, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Jun 22, 2010
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Trad Climbing
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Grabbin' Some Afternoon Delight in Yosemite (Photo Trip Report)
Created On: Jul 13, 2010
Last Edited On: Apr 8, 2013

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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silversummit

silversummit - Jul 14, 2010 10:17 am - Voted 10/10

Enjoyable read!

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!)

rpc

rpc - Jul 14, 2010 11:22 am - Voted 10/10

really enjoyed it

thanks for sharing. GREAT photos.

anita

anita - Jul 14, 2010 11:28 am - Voted 10/10

great

pictures, great report!

spengy

spengy - Jul 14, 2010 4:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Excellent

Nice pictures. I will fight anyone who says otherwise.

marauders

marauders - Jul 14, 2010 5:23 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Excellent

Ha, ha . . . true dat.

Pinchosa

Pinchosa - Jul 14, 2010 10:54 pm - Voted 10/10

Oh yeah!

"Afternoon Delight" indeed! Amazing!

darinchadwick

darinchadwick - Jul 15, 2010 2:35 am - Voted 10/10

Afternoon Attitudes.

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.

LemieuxPhoto

LemieuxPhoto - Jul 18, 2010 3:16 pm - Voted 10/10

awesome trip

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

dunsum

dunsum - Jul 18, 2010 6:18 pm - Voted 10/10

Very nice!!

Great photos and write-up Matt - glad you guys had a good trip.

marauders

marauders - Jul 19, 2010 12:06 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice!!

Thanks! Have you been on any trips lately?

dunsum

dunsum - Jul 20, 2010 9:15 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Very nice!!

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.

marauders

marauders - Jul 20, 2010 1:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice!!

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.

dunsum

dunsum - Jul 24, 2010 12:24 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Very nice!!

Yes, great routes at RR!! We should do it.

Jan Virt

Jan Virt - Jul 19, 2010 11:05 am - Voted 8/10

Cool pics

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 :-)

marauders

marauders - Jul 19, 2010 12:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool pics

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".

Lancer - Jul 19, 2010 11:39 pm - Voted 9/10

Superb photos!

The photos are simply amazing! This is what keep dreams alive.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Jul 20, 2010 11:25 am - Voted 10/10

You should be arrested

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???????

marauders

marauders - Jul 20, 2010 1:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: You should be arrested

I've been deprived of Afternoon Delight for all these years!

TimmyC

TimmyC - Jul 21, 2010 2:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Jealous

I'm pretty sure this is EXACTLY what every climber wants in a first visit to Yosemite. Great write up, and excellent photos.

albanberg

albanberg - Jul 21, 2010 8:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Wow! Sounds/looks like ..

a great trip!

Nice report and great pics man...

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