Attempt on Ahwiyah Point-Northeast Gully - 4/18/10 TR

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QITNL

climber
Apr 26, 2010 - 01:40am PT
Super duper!

Speaking of Snow Creek, I've always had an eye on this climb:
http://www.geocities.com/danielzimmerlin/pages/routesfolder/snowck.html
T H

climber
. . . not !
Apr 26, 2010 - 03:39am PT
QITNL , You can also 3rd class the whole cascade by entering above the lowest waterfall from the east . It's a snug little fit , but easy going after that . Good photography oppertunities for Hartouni (Opp hartouni ties ?) with views of Watkins etc too .
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Apr 26, 2010 - 04:22am PT
Remember what Sigismund Freud says about the unconscious Will to Death? You must have really wanted to die, Ed, but failed to achieve your repressed unconscious intention. Lucky for you! But those pics are great. Remember seeing that thing avalanche in early July in a good snow year back in 83. Count your blessings!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 12, 2010 - 12:14am PT
Very cool, very nice shots.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 12, 2010 - 12:30am PT
Great shots. How long did that go on. You are quick with the camera. I just ran into a decent sized mountain lion on a remote section of cliff in Spearfish Canyon. He was only about 10m away and I had my camera, but he was running away when I saw him. I knew I didn't have a chance to get the shot so I just watched till he was gone and turned around and walked the other way...
Tracks I saw on the way down that I had missed on the way up.
Tracks I saw on the way down that I had missed on the way up.
Credit: mike m
fairly quickly.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2010 - 12:32am PT
I was shooting the Gully for a recon photo, I noticed the white snow field in the upper left of my view was expanding, then realized it was an avalanche, so the camera was out.

Usually I try to have a camera handy all the time.

The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 12, 2010 - 01:23am PT
Hey Ed

Really cool and really scary Big A shots.

Maybe you were looking at a potential class 3 or 4 route I looked at which diagonals up and left out of Ahwiyah Point Gully - right through the avy zone and onward eastward to the rim. Looks like a great outing and an outstanding line. Definitely old school - you're one of the few that appreciate the beauty of such routes.

I reckoned it would go w/o a rope. I scoped it out after doing The Skywalk down canyon near the Silver Platter, a similar floor to rim ropeless switchback line. The Valley's got some good ones.

Glad you were on the right side for that event.
T H

climber
. . . not !
May 12, 2010 - 01:36am PT
Here's C-Mack's brilliant photo and my sister's comment from when I sent her a link to it .
" Probably, everywhere that there is snow there in that gully, we could boulder-hop and climb pretty easily....at the top, where there is no snow, is a sheer wall with tiny foot-and hand-holds. . "
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jun 1, 2010 - 10:00pm PT
Avalanche down Ahwiyah Point gully, from slabs above or below Half Dom...
Avalanche down Ahwiyah Point gully, from slabs above or below Half Dome shoulder approach. May 31, 2010 (above average snow year)
Credit: Clint Cummins
(still unsafe...)
T H

climber
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:56am PT
Nice snap Clint , but now it's time for Hartouni to go back up !
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 11, 2010 - 10:00am PT
Nice adventure Ed- the road less traveled by.
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 11, 2010 - 10:48am PT
Many years ago some friends and I too witnessed a major spring avalanche in that vicinity while hiking the Snow Creek trail up to North Dome. By the look of those snow plastered slabs, this is a common occurrence when things start melting and warming. It is easy to forget that Yosemite is an alpine environment with all the associated hazards. Here in the San Juan mountains people generally get their spring adventures over early, in part to avoid the wet slab potential. Glad you bailed, thanks for sharing and best wishes to your recovery.
Dirka

Trad climber
SF
Jul 11, 2010 - 02:24pm PT
Be careful!!! Cool pics Ed.

Heal up. Ps. I have a lot more free time if you want to adventure.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 11, 2010 - 02:42pm PT
sheesh, rock slides, avalanche in july, mountain lions and bears stalking all unwary humans,

just more respect for the indians who still live up there,

oh, they in there, i know de in dere, i seen um with mi own two eyes,
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2010 - 05:42pm PT
stay tuned...
back is getting better, but after a few weeks of climbing it needed a rest this weekend...
Jingy

Social climber
Nowhere
Jul 11, 2010 - 06:06pm PT
cool avalanche shots...
DM88T

climber
San Juan Bautista, CA
Aug 5, 2010 - 06:58pm PT
Ahwiyah Point, NE Gully: The upper gully beautifully hanging above the...
Ahwiyah Point, NE Gully: The upper gully beautifully hanging above the ramp between the upper and lower gullies.
Credit: DM88T
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
Thrilling photos there. What a gift to get to see/hear that.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2014 - 09:24pm PT
got a chance to shoot the gully from a different perspective last Sunday

Northeast Gully, Ahwiyah Point, Yosemite Valley
Northeast Gully, Ahwiyah Point, Yosemite Valley
Credit: Ed Hartouni
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Jun 12, 2014 - 09:49pm PT
Nice!
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