I choose to remember it as the realm of flowering dogwoods and thundering falls rather than choking traffic and selfie sticks. It's still peaceful from above, though, and even more beautiful.
Spent over a month at Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley. We climbed many great routes starting off with Nutcracker and Munginella and then moving on to climbs at the base of El Capitan. Our plan was to climb several big walls including the Leaning Tower and the Washington Column. We made it halfway up the Washington Column but were forced off due to bad weather. The next day the government shutdown happend and we had to leave Camp 4. All in all it was a wonderful trip and I cant wait to return and hopefully climb some more big walls(El Cap is my dream :)
It is becoming a tradition (at least for my dh and me) to go to
Yosemite Valley the day after Thanksgiving. My sister with the best kitchen lives in Merced, so it is easy to spend an extra night and head to Yosemite. This year we hiked to Inspiration Point, from the Tunnel View. Few people as soon as you get off the valley floor. It was a beautiful, coldish day.
Love climbing here. So far climbed routes up formations like El Capitan, Middle Cathedral Rock, Higher Cathedral Rock, Higher Cathedral Spire, Sentinel Rock, Half Dome, Lost Arrow Spire (direct), Washington Column, Rostrum, Gold Wall, etc
With aid, without, back in the day. And in more recent years have explored all the ant trails out of the valley to various rim destinations. Among the best memories are the nights spent at various points, in the valley, half way to the rim, and on the rim looking down. Others would include coming down from Half Dome in the dark and ascending Half Dome in the dark. What a glorious place, a lifetime to explore!
a beautiful place but its hard to escape the flashing cameras amd tourists there to see the main atractions.
Some of the best trad climbing on Earth
Hiked half dome, my first true hiking trip into the Sierra, now I have a climbing trip tentatively planned for June of this year...how things change!
What can you say about Yosemite Valley??
Climbed with Mike. Saturday went to the Cookie Sheet and climbed about 8 pitches of friction in the 5.7 - 5.8 range.
Sunday led Bishop's Terrace (5.8) (hand-jamming fest) and swapped leads on Super Slide (5.9) (great fun), except for last pitch - started drizzling so we rapped off.
Beautiful weather for most of the weekend. Watching the clouds move into the valley on late Sunday afternoon was pretty.
Routes climbed: The Grack, CS Concerto, After Seven
Date climbed: 10-October-2009
Saturday climbed The Grack again with Laura Molnar.
Sunday led the first 5.6 pitch of CS Concerto and then continued up the next four pitches of After Seven with Laura and Sean.
Date climbed: May 2009
Climbed with Justin, great weather. Saturday climbed Munginella and The Grack (center, 5.6), then After Six (5.7) on Sunday. Led all ten pitches.
Routes Climbed: Parkline Slabs, Jam Crack, Turkey Pie
Climbed with Mike.
Saturday went to Parkline Slabs and climbed Right Side (5.7) in four pitches (Mike led three of them). Route was pretty nasty - moss, munge, loose rock .. still had some cool moves though. Three double rope raps off tree at the top to descend (two bolted anchors).
Sunday went looking for Loggerhead Ledge (5.7) but decided against it and instead led Jam Crack (5.7) and Turkey Pie, both very fun routes.
Routes Climbed: Munginella, Sloth Wall
Climbed with Sharon Nu. Fun climbing on Sunday after aid practice in the rain on Saturday.
Routes Climbed: After Six, The Grack
Date Climbed: Nov. 2006
Led After Six (5.7) up to the top of Manure Pile Buttress on Saturday - kind of a head game on the first pitch, followed by a bunch of easy pitches. Led The Grack on Sunday - fun, easy climbing with a nice bit of friction work at the top.
Friday night was a little moist, but things dried out nicely by 11am Saturday when we started. Partly cloudy and pleasant weather all weekend.
Route Climbed: Harry Daley, Munginella, Sloth Wall
Date Climbed: October 7-8, 2006
Followed Craig and Carolyn up the full two pitches of Harry Daley on the Glacier Point Apron on Saturday, then TR'd some kind of licheny 5.10b friction fest nearby.
On Sunday, climbed with Brad. Led Munginella in three pitches, and then went over to Knob Hill and followed Brad on Sloth Wall for his first Yosemite Valley 5.7 lead.
Good company and good weather. Chilly in the morning, but warmed up by 10am.
Route climbed: Glacier Point Apron routes
Date climbed: 24-Sept-2006
Climbed with Craig, Carolyn, and Marie. Craig led up the first pitch of Harry Daley (5.8), and the rest of us followed. From the belay ledge Craig & Carolyn continued up the second 5.8 pitch of the route, while I led up Chouinard's Crack (5.7) with Marie following. Good times.
Date Climbed: 20-May-2006
Route Climbed: Pine Line, Munginella
Climbed with Peter - led Pine Line (5.7 finger crack) near El Capitan, then he led it. Flailed on a 5.10d toprope to the right of Pine Line, and hung out with Misha and Etsuko.
We then headed over to Munginella, started up around 5pm and finished about 7-ish (climbed it in two pitches with a 60m rope) - Peter led the whole thing and did very well. Descent slabs were wet and we made use of the rap bolts. Mosquitoes were out and hungry pretty much all day.
Date climbed: April 29-30, 2006
Route climbed: After Seven, Knob Hill
Climbed Sat/Sun with Mike. On Saturday, Mike led the first pitch of After Seven (5.8) on the Manure Pile Buttress, and I swapped leads on the next pitches (up to about 5.5). My first multipitch leads on rock !
Looked at Loggerhead Ledge, but it was still too wet. Hung out with the DOA crowd Sat. nite.
Sunday morning we looked around for the Little Wing area, but got lost in seemingly endless talus and woods. Went to Knob Hill instead, where I got to lead Sloth Wall (5.7). The crux was a little scary for me, but I got over it. Fun !
Mike then led Just For Starters (5.10a sport) and I followed.
Date climbed: October 29-30, 2005
Routes climbed: Church Bowl, Munginella
Spent the weekend climbing with Craig, Martin, Carolyn, and Patty.
Saturday followed Martin on Aunt Fanny's Pantry (5.4) and set up a TR for Patty. In the meantime Craig and Carolyn climbed Uncle Fanny (5.7) and set up a TR for the rest of us - fun chimney-offwidth-hand crack; heel-toe technique and hip-jamming helped with this one. Not sure about the rating, but it was a lot of fun - did it twice, both variations.
Sunday we all climbed Munginella (5.6) - highly enjoyable. Craig led, I cleaned, Patty climbed as a party of three, while Martin and Carolyn swapped leads as a party of two just a pitch or so after us.
A little chilly until mid-morning, but sunny and clear through the rest of the day both Sat and Sun.
Route Climbed: Sunnyside Bench
Date Climbed: 7-May-2005
Followed Matthew Holliman on his first multipitch lead. Great fun, fantastic views. A little windy on the second / third pitch, with spray blowing from the falls. Found the descent trail without difficulty. Afterwards, enjoyed toproping 5.7 friction slabs at Swan Slab.
Next day hung out with Carolyn and her buds climbing at Church Bowl until it starting raining about mid-day.
everything you could possibly need
Lots of information. No joke, I only saw about 10 American Caucasians that were tourist while I was there.
First time as a teanager backpacking into the Valley in 1968. Many times since on every trail. My Last trip out of the Valley early May 2008 to backpack to Cloud's Rest. Great time to do this, no crowds, in fact no one!
Successfully obtained really good beer and pizza at Curry Village on this date. Love the Ahwahnee but it was $70 for breakfast for 4, and we didn't even have the buffet. Worth it just for the custom sausages though.
One of my favorite places in the Spring, Winter, and Fall!
I've been many times and hope to return many more. I've been lucky enough to have two cousins get married here with receptions at the Ahwahnee. The trick was squeezing in a long hike the day of the wedding without missing the ceremnony.
Yosemite Valley is the climbers playground. So many routes and not enough time. Snake Dike 5.7***** on Half Dome is my fav. Long runouts and jugs for days.
Will be doing North West Face on Half Dome for my bacholer party with some friends (at least that's the goal)
Came here to get info for the hiking trails. --mark d.
Have been coming to the Valley for over 40 yrs! Still love it!
This place was unreal! So sculpted and beautiful, its hard to believe it was all made naturally. Did some hiking and got a taste of the park durring the off season ( a must ).