Why yes, there are boulders: A Tuolumne TR (lots of pics)


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the chemist

Palo Alto, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 4, 2007 - 09:54pm PT
I didn't get on all that many boulders but here's the story:

In a brilliant move, I got sucked into heading down to Touchstone San Jose to Boulder on Friday night. This, despite the fact that I had just told Gnome G that I would meet him and his crew at Lembert around 9am on Saturday. So I throw down at T-stone knowing full well that sending V5 in the gym is going to translate to about V1, maybe V2, on real rock.
I got back from the gym at around 9:30 after being pulled over on campus for having a head light out. Luckily, I had the new bulb in the glove box and I got off with a promise to install it right away. I changed the bulb, threw the rest of my gear in the car, went to Safeway to get food and hit the road at 10:30. Rolled into Hardin Flat three hours later and hit the sack.
Next morning I got up and hit the road, getting up to Lembert around 8:30 or so. I did some crash pad lounging while the crew trickled in. Eventually there were six of us: Jan (Gnome G), Rachel, Carrie (sorry is I am spelling this wrong), Guy, Jeff and myself.

First on the relaxed agenda was a visit to the Knobs for some warm-up bouldering.

Racking up for the mosquitoes.

Jan tops out.

Jan flings marmot crap on unsuspecting victims waiting to climb.

Guy tops out while Carrie and Jeff wait in the warm-up line.

Jeff has a go at one of the harder probs, while Guy points out what he’s doing wrong.

The crew then headed over to Low Profile for some routes.

Jan leads up Black Widow.

Meanwhile Jeff led Golfer’s Route.

I had a go at leading Orange Man and took a few falls getting up it. Jan and I forgot to compare notes on our relative weights, and due to the fact that I am deceptively heavy, we ended with a +40 pound weight difference between climber and belayer. I took a fall with a bolt just under my knees and ended up with a 20 footer as Jan got pulled into and up the wall. His hands took the worst damage.

Shortly thereafter we retired to the meadow for beers and so forth.

At this point I took my leave of the Gnome Crew and headed over to try to meet my friends at the end of their Royal Arches/North Dome link up. I rolled up and found my most prolific partner lounging on a bear box all by his lonesome. Turns out that he had broken his arm on Royal Arches, finished the climb, and then descended the North Dome gully to the medical center. The poor guy was going to have the next two months off to climb since he is between jobs this summer, and now he won’t get to climb at all. I hung around until the rest of the link-up crew dragged their asses up to the road, at which point the all headed home, and I went back towards the Meadows for some night time photos.

The next morning I was up early and I took a walk while I was waiting for the Gnome Crew to show at Lembert.

Small dome behind Lembert.

Meadows from the top of Lembert.

The parking lot at 10:15 with no sign of the Gnome Crew, well over an hour after the proposed meeting time.

I bailed down to Tenaya to wrestle some pebbles on the slabs just west of Mountaineer’s Dome.

Since no one ever takes pictures of me climbing, here is a shameless self portrait of me showing off my farmer’s tan and boxer briefs. (“Chicks dig grey.”)

Anyone recognize this problem and have a guess on the grade? It was very steep and I could barely pull off the ground let alone make a move.

After a quick swim in the lake, I headed home and had time to catch Pirates of the Caribbean before bed.

Wild Bill

Jun 4, 2007 - 09:59pm PT
Aaaaaaaaaaaah! Nice
Standing Strong

Trad climber
lucky under lucky sky
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:00am PT
bump! nice, and a great title too.

Trad climber
Bellingham, WA
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:22am PT
the nighttime shots are spectacular! nice work!

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:34am PT
That problem is "Reach For A Peach", 5.12a....(F.A. me!)

Lonnie Kauk on the fabulous "Reach for a Peach"....

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:48am PT

thought it was like v7?

think ron was on it in a gucci ad awhile back too.

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:56am PT
Very Nice Post!!
the chemist

Palo Alto, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 5, 2007 - 02:15pm PT
12a! ha. I agree that it seemed more like V7. But that's a sweet photo of Lonnie on the problem.

JB is your next shoe model going to be The Sandbaggers? "Tie on The Sandbaggers, they make every route at least three letter grades easier."


A tent in the redwoods
Jun 5, 2007 - 02:51pm PT
It's 12a if you're wearing Acopas.

Social climber
Davis, CA
Jun 5, 2007 - 02:52pm PT
Wow, you really messed up the Gnome's hands! good thing you still got the catch!

Boulder climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 5, 2007 - 03:07pm PT
Old School 12a IS V7, people.

Funny, I've gone back to rating problems with old school YDS grades, too, for some reason. Might have something to do with the lack of V-ratings for 5.7s and 5.8s (currently my onsight level).

Nice TR, man.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jun 5, 2007 - 04:11pm PT
Bravo Chem!

Trad climber
Knob Central
Jun 5, 2007 - 05:42pm PT
Rule number one: Never let go of the rope, with either hand. It's just skin! And it isn't nearly as bad as getting a hand sucked thru a biner!!!@!@!#@!!#$
David Nelson

San Francisco
Jun 5, 2007 - 08:54pm PT
Very enjoyable TR and pix. Thanks for making ST a climbing site!

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jun 5, 2007 - 09:31pm PT
What's V7? ....part of that new confounded rating system everybody is using?

5.12a - like Klinefelter said. Midnight Lightning = 5.12c (or 7b+ Font)....

1st ascent, 7th try in Fire Classics.

Trad climber
novato ca
Jun 6, 2007 - 11:58am PT
Nice photos, great play by play
The marmot sh#t flick is classic.

Trad climber
Jun 6, 2007 - 12:24pm PT
Marmot sh#t flick is not so classic if it's falling on YOUR head!

Yep, you spelled it right! Sorry about being rather late on Sunday, we really must have just missed you. I think we rolled into Lembert around 10:30 at the latest, G_Gnome was certainly overestimating our earliness that weekend....Guy, Jeff, and I ended up going over to Dozier and doing some of the new easy stuff over there. Fun! The Gnome licked his wounds and went fishing.

Trad climber
Hell A
Jun 6, 2007 - 12:46pm PT
that's a great pic of the Meadows
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Jun 6, 2007 - 05:10pm PT
all great photos and makes me feel very far away from the meadows right now..
last time Elaina and i were there we did some new problems below and phobos/demos dome located in a creek bed,marsh area below right side...
Dave Yerian went out there with us one day and we shot some video...
good blocks, lots to do and just a little cleaning to make it happen..
check it out..

Trad climber
Jun 6, 2007 - 05:25pm PT
Midnight lighting .12c? I always heard it was V8.
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