Partner: Richard Brown (from St. Albans, north of London; met at Camp 4)
Great views of Lost Arrow & Half Dome. Met thru the Camp 4 bulletin board -- a trial run to get to know each other for Snake Dike (we did the next day). Dirty in places, but OK. We agreed it was well named; mungy. Easy 3 pitches.
Munginella was the first climb that my wife and I did in Yosemite. It was a fun route (huge traffic jams though) with a nice view of the Lost Arrow Spire (plenty of opportunities to enjoy some shade). Saw something very cool while belaying my wife atop the third pitch, specifically saw a snake CLIMBING the face to the right of the dihedral on pitch 3. It was probably about 3 feet long with a white/brown pattern. Never saw the head so not fully sure what it was? Pretty neat to see (well, maybe not when I'm going for a handhold on a lead but from the safety of the belay ledge!). We also did The Grack, Center which we enjoyed a lot more (book claims it to be the best 5.6 in the park) though it was like a frying pan on the day we did it. Thought Munginella was a bit stiffer than The Grack.
Wound up collecting cans for a living but had a great time climbing. It's still magic everytime in The Valley. Always a place to stay in Camp 4 if you are careful.
I stayed two times at the Yosemite, both times we climbed a lot of good routes. For european climbers it's all times somewhat demanding to climb, but after some routes it's going better. Great area !
Munginella: A few pitches of 5.6, in an area called the five open books, to the left of Yosemite Falls. My first multi-pitch lead, and first climb in Yosemite.
Swan Slab, the most overcrowded pathetic little crag on earth, surrounded by some of the greatest rock climbs on earth.
Hikes: I don't care who you think you are, get on a trail and hike around a little, whether it's with an wheeled walker or as an approach to a climb, they're crowded because they're so good.
DNB of Middle Cathedral. I've heard that the DNB doesn't mean Direct North Buttress as it says in the guidebook, but Do Not Bother. After a few pitches, we decided what the name really meant and rapped off. Basically, the runouts scared the crap out of us, and we decided not to bother with loose rock when so many routes in Yosemite are so clean.
Manure: Such nice granite, poor name. Took an ex-girlfriend up a long 5.6 route, she had never climbed trad before, and probably never will again. Peter Croft was waiting below us with some clients he was guiding, and finally just cleaned my pitch for me, and moved past us. Thus have I touched greatness?
In my 3 trips to the valley I've climbed the four mile trail to Glacier Point, climbed Half Dome, and gone on short winter hikes to Mirror Lake and Lower Yosemite Falls. Everyone has to go here at least once.
Had a great time w/the family....thanks to Mtntrail2 for all the terrific planning.
Made the obligatory pilgrimage to the Valley with the family. I thought it was important to expose the kids to a little history and inspire them to keep climbing. We did some cragging at the Swan Slab, then hunted around all afternoon for the Manure Pile Buttress but couldn't find it. What a trip. We left Oklahoma in an RV on a 2 week climbing road trip. Went to the Valley, Zion, and Red Rocks, NV. I hope they were inspired. I was. The Valley is an incredible sight with a lot of climbing history. All climbers should journey there and be inspired by this fantastic place.
Hmmm.....this will look strange as a summit log with the Yosemite Logistical Center posted as the mountain. Anyway......I guess I'm the first to post to the summit log of this page. Climbed with Michele and Bob. We approached Middle Cath. NW Face by ascending The Gunsight. Our original intention was to climb the NW Buttress (5.6). Instead, we took a quick left at the top of The Gunsight and came to the base of NW Face approx. 100 yards away. Although obscure, this route gets 2 Yosemite stars.....based on adventure climbing. We found some ancient slings wrapped around a tree at the end of the first pitch (a FULL 60 meters!). The second pitch is just shy of 55 meters (the crux pitch). The third pitch heads straight up for 50 feet and then traverses right and over to a left facing corner. It ends at a tree near the top of the left facing corner. We moved the belay after scrambling and thrashing through chaparral and manzinita about 75 yards upwards (up a small groove filled with pine needles and through bushes). The fourth pitch moves up a left facing corner (our option) and then traverse left and over to a large bush. It continues past the bush and up a steep cleft which finishes at a stately ledge. The fifth pitch is 5.5 and runs up and left onto lichen covered rock. The pitch ends near the drop off of the north face by some moderate sized boulders. From there, we slipped on our approach shoes. The rest is a bush and tree thrash to the summit. We aimed straight up and referenced the north edge of Middle Cath. till the summit. The climb is definately Yosemite 5.7, although I thought the last 25 feet of Pitch #2 was 5.8+ (steep lieback up a left facing corner).