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Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2012 - 12:39pm PT
We are already descending!! Say all you want... This is the way to travel, when you're short on time!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
The 64000$ question;




Welcome to sunny Sacramento!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 13, 2012 - 01:27pm PT
Sacratomato.

SF=The City
LA=The Shizzy

Yosemite Yawns. Sun-sight.
Big Mike's here. Who's he got with?
Is it someone dear?

Picture me and I will picture you.--Beefheart

Bienvenidos, amigos.

Don't look around you;
The tacos trucks found you?

Please don't come to California and order chile colorado.

It's chiles, chillies, cheelays, but chili's Texan all the way. Enjoy your stay. Priest Grade* hamburgers are not just awesome. They're cooked to perfection if you tell them Jeff Mathis sent you, via Mouse. Everyone around Groveland seems to know the Reverend, but all the same, don't be surprised if they don't claim knowing him. Some people in California are un-cool. We are having a referendum on that.

*Priest Grade is not a USDA-approved grade for meat. It is, however, one of the most unsettling drives for those with weak traveling genes (car-sick) in the entire state. There are two ways, the left-hand's un-cool. You get to the burgers either way. It's just quicker and more like it going right. UP. THE. HILL. This turn decision comes at Moccasin Crk. Just so you don't lose your lunch before dinner...

Safe drive, stay alive.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2012 - 01:42pm PT
Mouse, my partner in crime is special, but not in the relationship kinda way.....

It's pretty darn special to have a boulderer get off the pebbles and onto the big stone!!

Relic waiting for the car
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
That's the plan Mouse! Priest grade on the way!!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 13, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
He looks like a hamburger, I go bald as well. Keep us posted on where yer at as you gape at the SJ Valley, etc.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 13, 2012 - 02:08pm PT
Welcome to California boys.

Don't forget to use sunscreen.

Stock up on fruit and veggies at the stands along the road.

Try the genunie Taco Trucks as well.

Look out for the TOOLS once you get inside the Nat Park (technically not in California anymore)

Please keep us up to date on your travels.



Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2012 - 02:04am PT
Big Mike here live from curry village. Our trip here was uneventful after we got going.... Relic forgot his driver's license in his car in Seattle, so we had change the rental into my name...

So where are all these taco trucks??? We didn't see any on the way.... No In-n-out either... Granted we weren't trying that hard...

Pee stop just outside copperopolis

I like my new red car!!! ;)

We also stopped at priest station cafe but unfortunately didn't save our appetites for burgers. On the way back for sure.. Even if i have to tie relic up to make it happen!!!!




Then after a lot of anticipation, I got my first look at The Valley! All I can say is, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I get it!!!! Paradise for climbers, just gotta ignore all the bs...



The light on El Cap when we drove in was breathtaking!!!! I wanted to stop in the meadow but we missed the turn off, so settled for a bridge shot instead.
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I made up for missing the El Cap shot with this beautiful shot of the Sentinel




Then took the standard Half Dome alpenglow routine....




Luke, Ais and Doug were kind enough to reserve us a spot at the historical camp 4!!!!




CRACK tomorrow!!!!!
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Oct 14, 2012 - 02:12am PT
Sick!!!!! Quite breathtaking the first time huh???? The cool thing is it always seems to have that effect on me no matter how many times I go. Have fun!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 14, 2012 - 02:20am PT
First time I entered Yosemite Valley was after dark on a full moon night. Not much good for pictures, but right off the scale in terms of first impressions.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 14, 2012 - 02:39am PT
Feckin' schweet!

Masha said I was toast last night.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 14, 2012 - 02:41am PT
On the way out of the Park, if you are heading back to SFO, don't go the way you came in, you'll short-change yourselves. Try either the road to Merced, 140, or the one south to Fresno, 41. Depends where you're going next.
If it's the Merced route, there's no missing the tower of the Merced Theater, and that's what you need to find the In n Out on Martin Luther King Way. The theater's at MLK and West Main, which intersects with Hwy 140. It's like a belay station, exactly on the route to SFO. Call me before you get in aand I'll come join you. I'm six blocks from the IO.
And there's a Taco wagon on every fourth corner, so it seems.
Good reportage.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 14, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
Well, it's been twelve hours, and no TR of actual climbing?! What's with that? It's still raining in Vancouver, so let's have some sunshine!

(Although Tom E mentioned something about some Canuckleheads starting the Muir Wall...)
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 14, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
I was wondering the same thing, Anders. I imagine Mike is leading his first pitch in Yosemite at this moment. Any guesses as to what that might be? Something at the base of the Captain?
Erik31

Trad climber
Chicago, IL
Oct 14, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
Yeah I concur on Moby Dick. 5.10A but very solid and pretty much every jamming size into OW. I remember a #5 came in handy on the upper bit. Nice and long, killer valley pitch.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 14, 2012 - 10:19pm PT
Well, it's after dark. Where's the TR? Waah! Waah!

(Hopefully they're not bivouacing on their first night in the Valley.)
Malemute

Ice climber
the ghost
Oct 14, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
They're in the bar Anders. Don't you remember your first time in the valley?
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Oct 14, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
I really like this running trip report style. So much easier to digest than an all-in-one TR.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
Briham- Everytime I go through Squamish I get the same feeling but I had been anticipating this day for some years so it was definitely extra special....

Wayno- I bet man! Thanks again for everything!!!! It made things so smooth!!! Bros for life!!!!

Mouse, if we make it south we will for sure look you up!! Relic is itching to get to Bishop so we might yet..

MH- No 3G down here so no on the spot reporting unless I want to pay 1$ per megabyte which is about 2 pics so nightly reports is the best you can hope for..,

Malemute is close we are at the curry lounge eating pizza deck, drinking beer and spraying on the Internet.

Phylp- Thanks I'm a big fan of Hudon's live threads and I think it adds a little something..

Working on pics now. Update soon!!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Oct 14, 2012 - 11:27pm PT
We're diggin' you, man. Dig big.
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