An Honest to GOD Rock Climbing Trip Report. (No kidding...)


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Jerry Dodrill

Bodega, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - May 31, 2007 - 09:17pm PT
Had an unforseen opportunity yesterday afternoon to head up to Yosemite. Got there about dark, so sat in El Cap Meadow and watched the moonlight inch its way down the wall. Beautiful. Ended up in the high country for a bivy and got up early this morning. Grabbed the light gear and started hiking to a familiar climb you all know.

Cathedral Peak, of course. SW Butt, 5.6ish

"racking up"

This would be the classic 5.4 fingers first pitch. (it's not steep at all)

Quick slam-bam 180 pano, shot at the base of the Chimney, 2/3rds up.

Alas! The Chimney. You can see it as a tiny vertical black line in the second photo, above.

Eichorn Pinnacle, from the summit.

N. to Fairview Dome, the Meadows, etc.

Two hours from the car, 7:45am. :)

What's this??!! Free Beer???!!

Damn straight, I drank that beer at 9:30 in the morning. It was good too!

Ok, Ok, I put it there. And there's one more, ice cold, under this log. Go get it!
David Nelson

San Francisco
May 31, 2007 - 09:38pm PT
Very nice pix, but we expect no less from you. How about some trip details?
Jerry Dodrill

Bodega, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2007 - 10:05pm PT
Mmmm. I think I'll have another one of those.

Added captions, David. And Seriously, there's a beer under that log. Or at least there was this morning. Hopefully somebody saw my sign and indulged. :-)

Oh yeah, I got screamed at by a ranger on the drive home when I stopped to take a picture of a bear, along with 200 tourists. I apparently got too close and could have scared it off, thus depriving the tourists of a park exerience, and unnecessarily agitating the wildlife. I'm sure the screaming ranger made the bear feel more at ease. Incidently, he could have arrested me and slapped me a $285.00 fine, or so he said. I kindly apologized and took my place with the others, which seemed like a comedic twilight zone.
Jude Bischoff

Ice climber
Palm Springs
May 31, 2007 - 10:20pm PT
I laughed when I saw the picture of the chimney. I climbed Cathedral Peak on my second day as a climber many years ago. I got to that chimney and had a hell of a time finding anyplace to put my feet or hands.

Several years later I climbed the same route with my daughter and realized the chimney that had confounded me earlier was a piece of cake. Thanks for the memories and the beer commercial. Big love in the Sierra Nevada!

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
May 31, 2007 - 10:28pm PT
Whoa, I'm so out of practice reading a climbing thread here that I just don't know what to say. ;)

Thanks for this. It was much needed and enjoyed. And thanks much for the great photos!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
May 31, 2007 - 10:58pm PT
Thanks tons Jerry, special vignette!

Jay Wood

Trad climber
Fairfax, CA
Jun 1, 2007 - 12:12am PT
Nice start, dude!

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Jun 1, 2007 - 12:22am PT
nice Jerry - thanks

I simul-soloed it w/ Tucker Tech in like 88 - really fun climb

Social climber
Jun 1, 2007 - 12:38am PT
Always love to see your photos Jerry. Thanks!

Trad climber
Durango, CO
Jun 1, 2007 - 12:43am PT
Great pics, as always, Jerry! Is that one looking out of the chimney? Cool.
Jerry Dodrill

Bodega, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 1, 2007 - 01:02am PT
Yeah, it's looking out. I nearly dropped the camera trying to squeeze it out of the case. Liked the viewpoint.

Such a great super classic climb! Gotta take my wife up it, though it has a history of being bad for relationships.

Anyone know if those holes in top are from lightning strikes?


Trad climber
Varied locales along the time and space continuum
Jun 1, 2007 - 01:14am PT
A trip report, beautiful photos, a funny story twist at the end... who could ask for more? Thanks!

Jerry Dodrill

Bodega, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 1, 2007 - 01:20am PT
You're welcome, but try as I could there was no twist at the end. Nearly put a hole in my T-shirt trying, but the lid said "Pry Off."

the last bivy
Jun 1, 2007 - 01:40am PT
Hey Jer, Really stunning photos! The spontaneity of this trip is totally inspiring! Been up Cathedral repeatedly, viewed all kinds of photos, but THESE photos are in a class by themselves, once again!

Trad climber
Jun 1, 2007 - 02:05am PT
Thanks Jerry,
It's beautiful up there.

right here, right now
Jun 1, 2007 - 02:08pm PT
Good stuff Jerry.
A TR with no ropes or gear anywhere in sight!
'Does just what it is supposed to: make me pine for the wild & the free.

Trad climber
Sacramento/S. Tahoe
Jun 1, 2007 - 02:43pm PT
wow. i've read up on that climb

looks amazing! good job on the photos (esp. the pano)
keep up the fun (and the pics!)

I ought to do that one sometime i'm not buisy

East of Seattle
Jun 1, 2007 - 03:03pm PT
That's what I'm talking about...
Thanks Jerry.

Jun 1, 2007 - 03:38pm PT
My names Jerry to and im supposed to be in cali rt. now climbing exactly what you just climbed.
We opted to stay home and make $$$ and alot of that we are making by our standerds but dang it....
Glad you had a good one for us.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jun 1, 2007 - 03:40pm PT
Sweet! I've never done Cathedral because there's so many other routes in Tuolumne to do when I go of these days.

Awesome TR. You take some awesome self-portraits too, Jerry.
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