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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
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 30, 2014 - 03:38pm PT
An appropriate week for a bump, let the summer fun begin:
Credit: Charlie D.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 4, 2014 - 12:05am PT
very low turnout for "Opening Day" (which was actually yesterday, but I got up today)

homecoming!
Western Fence Lizards on Stately Pleasure Dome, May 3, 2014
Western Fence Lizards on Stately Pleasure Dome, May 3, 2014
Credit: Ed Hartouni

interesting weather with the "Sierra Wave" over the crest all day, winds picked up a bit in the afternoon
Cathedral Peak, Tuolumne Meadows
Cathedral Peak, Tuolumne Meadows
Credit: Ed Hartouni

and we even got some climbing in!
Dr. Sharpe on his end of the rope, topping out on South Crack, Tuolumn...
Dr. Sharpe on his end of the rope, topping out on South Crack, Tuolumne Meadows
Credit: Ed Hartouni
David D.

Trad climber
California
May 4, 2014 - 01:43am PT
Ahh, TM. I was surprised at how few people we saw climbing today. Got in some climbs in Olmsted Canyon and then meandered around for a while just checking out conditions around the Meadows. Not much snow in a lot of places...
Ed H

Trad climber
Santa Rosa, CA
Jun 23, 2014 - 11:24pm PT
Jay and Tony on West Farthing Wall
West Farthing Wall
West Farthing Wall
Credit: Ed H
Chris on Matthes
Matthes Crest
Matthes Crest
Credit: Ed H
Chris follows Hermaphrodite Flake 5.8 var
Hermaphrodite Flake 5.8 var
Hermaphrodite Flake 5.8 var
Credit: Ed H
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jul 11, 2014 - 08:06pm PT
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Jul 11, 2014 - 09:38pm PT
The Yawn from Excellent Smithers


North face Lembert Dome with sunset light


tinker b

climber
the commonwealth
Jul 11, 2014 - 09:44pm PT
anyone want to appreciate tuolumne on tuesday from the bay? i need a ride in the early afternoon...i am happy to pay gas. i am flying into sfo, but can take bart to any local!
thanks... itried to include a tuolumne picture, but i had technical dificulties. hey ho. carry on, thanks for the pics.
j

Credit: tinker b
Credit: tinker b
Credit: tinker b
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jul 22, 2014 - 09:06am PT
Probably the best photo thread on supertopo.


Credit: drljefe
Late season simo.
Not a soul around.

It's been too long.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jul 22, 2014 - 10:52am PT
Dana Fork, TM
Dana Fork, TM
Credit: Roxy
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