Tuolumne Meadows Opening Day Jun 18, 2011

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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 19, 2011 - 02:26am PT
Even though the CalTrans Road Conditions web site said that 120 over Tioga pass was not open when we left in the morning, the highway sign outside of Oakdale, one hour later, indicated that the pass was open.

Gary and I pick up Linda at the Crane Flat gas station and head out to a lovely opening day... planning for a fun romp on Stately Pleasure Dome we find no climbers there when we arrive, and for a long time we have it all to ourselves
at the base of South Crack on which Linda leads the first two pitches as one
then I lead the next two pitches as one and Gary takes us home with the final two pitches as one... three pitches with a 70m rope.

Tenaya Lake is ice bound for the day, and there is a lot of water melting out of the remnant snow pack

On the walk down we don't see any lizards, like last year, but we do run into Maysho out for a quick run up South Crack with his lovely companion.

We go on to climb Dixie Peach and top rope Malletosis... the weather on the Sierra Crest is looking real

we call it a day, go down to snack and then tour the meadows...

a wonderful day as always marking the start of the season up high.
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:28am PT
Sweet! Ed your on it man, great to see the meadows.
flakyfoont

Trad climber
carsoncity nv
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:40am PT
Ed thanks for the t/r ..was the south crack walk off wet?
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:41am PT
Great tradition you are making Ed - Tuolumne on the opening weekend. Thanks for posting.
Risk

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:57am PT
Excellent. Looks like big snow pack still on Unicorn.
KitKat

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Jun 19, 2011 - 05:28am PT
Linda is BADASS
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
wussing off the topout on Roadside Attraction
Jun 19, 2011 - 07:35am PT
Delightful. Thanks for the update.

J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jun 19, 2011 - 09:17am PT
Awesome Ed! Thanks for posting up.
MisterE

Social climber
818 Yo!
Jun 19, 2011 - 09:48am PT
Ah yes - the early season quietness...lovely!

spyork

Social climber
A prison of my own creation
Jun 19, 2011 - 10:38am PT
Hey Ed, Gary and Linda! Looks like you folks had a good time!

Kane and I were in Hetch Hetchy. We went to Rancheria Falls. The blast from Wapama Falls was gale force. A guide told me that she has never seen so much water coming off it.

Steve
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2011 - 10:58am PT
the walk off on Stately Pleasure Dome was dry but for a small trickle of water that was easily avoided. There was also some small amount of pine needles and a bit of grit that will soon be gone with the climber traffic. The copse of pines at the end of the walk off is currently sitting in a large puddle so you want to avoid ending up there on the walk off, go a bit west.

Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jun 19, 2011 - 11:03am PT
Ed-

Very nice TR! Your choice of South Crack was excellent!
Zander

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jun 19, 2011 - 11:07am PT
Looks like fun Ed,
Z
Thomas

Trad climber
The Tilted World
Jun 19, 2011 - 11:29am PT
Great post--thanks for sharing!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Jun 19, 2011 - 11:40am PT
Thumbs up, friends! Glad you all had a great time. Maybe I'll see if Em is around and scoot over for a look and a visit.
Joe

Social climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:14pm PT
turning green with envy...
good on ya...
Dirka

Trad climber
SF
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
Awesome ed!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 19, 2011 - 04:22pm PT
Ed, Linda, Gary, nice!
Rainy but climbable in vedauwoo!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2011 - 04:28pm PT
we missed you Jaybro!
reddirt

climber
PNW
Jun 19, 2011 - 06:06pm PT
most excellent... just seeing he pictures is a big pick-me-up...
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