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Scole

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 25, 2013 - 12:57am PT
Dave Yerian on Hogwash
Dave Yerian on Hogwash
Credit: Scole
Gary Slate on Warning Flare
Gary Slate on Warning Flare
Credit: Scole
FA of Techno Pig  Photo by Bruce Morris
FA of Techno Pig Photo by Bruce Morris
Credit: Scole
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BFK

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 25, 2013 - 02:03am PT
I remember hearing stories of Tuolumne way back in my days climbing in AZ... So happy I've been able experience it myself these past few years.

Credit: BFK
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Jul 28, 2013 - 10:05am PT
Been a good summer so far!
Credit: Walleye
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 29, 2013 - 10:27am PT
great weekend for climbing!



SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jul 29, 2013 - 01:19pm PT
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Sep 5, 2013 - 01:20am PT
from last season
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Sep 5, 2013 - 01:27am PT
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Sep 5, 2013 - 01:43am PT
Heaven for sure.

BFK what corner is that-awesome!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:11am PT
Credit: Willoughby

Credit: Willoughby

Credit: Willoughby

Credit: Willoughby
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Sep 5, 2013 - 03:14am PT
Last ascent of Rawl Drive on 1/4" bolts.  Set a rope for replacement.
Last ascent of Rawl Drive on 1/4" bolts. Set a rope for replacement.
Credit: wstmrnclmr
Past the old aluminum hangers drilled by Higgins and cutting the bail ...
Past the old aluminum hangers drilled by Higgins and cutting the bail sling that's been waving at me for years.
Credit: wstmrnclmr
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Sep 5, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
here's one from this season...photo courtesy Tom Rogers

surfstar

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:15am PT
Another great season! I think this past weekend was my last - ended with the Regular Route; leading my sis up it (our first time on Fairview).

Great times, great people (Tony, Jay and the rest!)

A few of the views:















drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Sep 9, 2013 - 02:01am PT
Killer shots.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Sep 16, 2013 - 02:04am PT
couple of climbers today at the start of the runout upper pitches on South Crack

wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Sep 16, 2013 - 03:07am PT
Fire over sunrise lakes
Fire over sunrise lakes
Credit: Miss Colleen
Reflected sun through smokey haze.
Reflected sun through smokey haze.
Credit: Miss Colleen
Sun over Sunrise Lake.
Sun over Sunrise Lake.
Credit: Miss Colleen
Cathedral.
Cathedral.
Credit: Miss Colleen
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 16, 2013 - 06:56am PT
Half a pitch up on Lembert Dome
And the rain turned into hail
Me and Kelly, climbing some,
Thought we had better bail.

Hands all full of wet damn ropes
With iron on our racks
We abandoned all our silly hopes
Of doing Water Cracks.

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Let it come another day

Then the storm had passed and we were half-gassed
Cuz weed will get you high
We almost missed Mathis’ truck as he was passin’ by.

So we jammed ourselves in
And we all just grinned
And he dropped us at Tenaya’s camp
We looked at the lake and we jumped right in
Cuz we were all high and damp!

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Let it run all over me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll

And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul

On the way back home we sang a song
But our throats were getting dry
Then we saw the man from across the road
With the sunshine in his eyes

Well, he lived all alone in his own little home
With a great big gallon jar
There were bottles too, one for me and you
And he said, "Hey, there you are"

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Get it myself
From the mountain stream

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin' home
And it stoned me

Songwriters
Van Morrison and MFM

Oh, the Mounties!  Gonna rain on your parade.
Oh, the Mounties! Gonna rain on your parade.
Credit: mouse from merced
TeleRoss

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 16, 2013 - 10:48am PT
Credit: TeleRoss

Credit: TeleRoss
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 21, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Credit: StahlBro

Credit: StahlBro

Credit: StahlBro
bjj

climber
beyond the sun
Dec 21, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
One of the best / longest days I ever had was in the Meadows. It was downright magical.

Partner and I woke up early one Sunday, about 4 days into our 8 day trip, intending to climb Regular route on Fairview as a warm up, then walk through the forest to climb Oz, then after that - who knows?

Arriving at the base of RR at about 7:30am, we knew we would have to call an audible as there was a clusterf**k in progress with one party of 3 slowly making their way up pitch 1, and two more parties of 2 impatiently waiting at the base.

We walked around to the right and instead decided to jump on Lucky Streaks. I'd climbed it before, a year earlier. A bit cold over there, even in Late June and there was still a sizable wedge of snow at the base - and pretty much everywhere on that side of the dome.

Climbed LS (with the 10d variation) fairly easily. Then walked off and headed over to Oz. I'd never climbed this before but always wanted to. Feeling totally dialed in, I led and onsighted every pitch except for the final short 10a which my partner took. We'd briefly considered doing the gram traverse, but ended up opting not to.

The only hitch on Oz was my partner falling off following the traverse on pitch two and having some difficulty getting back on route from 6 feet below the crux. Him outweighing me by 25 lbs did nothing to help my attempts to assist hoisting him past the blank area he was marooned in. But, that was eventually sorted and we were rewarded with the famed dihedral. I expected that to feel harder than it did, but it went for both of us with almost no hesitation or thrutch at all.

We botched the descent and had to reverse a single rope rappel into nowhere off some slabs atop Mariuolumne dome (if memory serves, this was 16 years ago). Finally managed to get our asses down, which included several hundred feet of butt sliding down the still ample snow field on the final slope.

With plenty of time still left in the day (I think it was only about 1:30pm by this time) we decided to go back over to look at the Regular Route. Now, there were only a few parties above, starting at pitch 2.

We talked briefly and decided this would be the perfect time to try our hand at simul-climbing, what with the route getting easier and easier as you went. I led pitch 1 and as the rope came tight, my partner started climbing. We passed every other party on there, and only stopped twice to swap the lead as we ran out of gear. The whole thing took less than an hour. Neither one of us having had ever simul-ed before, we marveled at how quickly this made climbing easy ground go. But also stopped to reflect at how it might not be that much better than just free soloing under some circumstances.

On top, awash in endorphins and still with all kinds of daylight left (we were only a few days removed from the summer solstice) we decided to try and make a mad dash to Phobos/Demios and try and squeeze in one last classic.

We hurried off, piled into the car and drove to the cliff lot. The hike up to P/D is a fair bit more strenuous than the usual TM approach. Halfway into it, our buzz from climbing so much and in such nice style was suddenly replaced by a surprising weariness. The bonk was looming at our door! But we soldiered on and arrived at the base of Phobos starting to feel seriously knackered. A brief 20 minute rest / recharge / eat / hydrate period was just enough to give us back some juice, but we cut it short in order to avoid giving in to the temptation to say "meh, good enough... let's have a nap", and ambition won out over exhaustion. I racked up and somehow, managed to wriggle my way up what felt to me at the time to be the hardest 5.9 of my life. I was running on pure instinct by then. Most of my energy (along with a fair bit of technique) had evaporated by then.

We topped out just in time to lose the last of the actual daylight, then having neglected to bring headlamps on the route, had to navigate back to the base by braille and lots of squinting. The hike back down to the lot, by the dim illumination of the old school, weak ass petzl single incandescent bulb headlamps was a total comedy of stumbling, leg-cramping idiocy. We dubbed the state we were in "The place beyond pain".

We finally arrived back at camp some 15 hours after we left. We both stuffed ourselves to bursting, then skipped bothering with a campfire and wordlessly just retired to our tents for 13 hours of sleep. The next day became a rest day by default.

I'd always loved the Meadows, but that day cemented it as my favorite spot on planet earth to climb at. I doubt I'll ever have another day as satisfying as that, or as memorable.

Cheers to the Meadows. Just magical.
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Jan 19, 2014 - 04:43pm PT
TM Bump

Credit: TMJesse
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