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Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Apr 3, 2008 - 09:47am PT
Thanks, Clint. As I told him in an email, my skills at posting these types of things are still somewhat rudimentary.

Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2008 - 05:22pm PT
Hey, thanks for all the great info! The thread hijack was informative - no worries.

May 18, 2009 - 10:49am PT
bump for a nice thread about rock climbing

Big Wall climber
May 18, 2009 - 12:20pm PT
Uhhh...the route line of "My Favorite Things" sure looks very similar to what many people consider the easiest way up Clouds Rest...likely "The Northwest Face 5.8" of Ropers guide. This is the biggest route in Yosemite...5000 ft. of climbing. Its awesome! This is primarily a calf burning friction hike, best done ropeless and with sticky rubber approach shoes. I did it with a rope once and had to do a lot of simuling with very little gear...maybe its better with a rope now that there's a few pins and bolts up there...but then there's the question...why are the pins and bolts up there now after people have been climbing all over that slab for over 50 years? The route resembles climbing longer if you traverse the big ledge (the unrope point for "My Favorite Things) to the right and go straight up to the summit via a prominent corner for the last bit. I've always approached from Olmstead via Airplane Gully, past the wreckage of an old plane, past one of the best swimming holes in the world below Pywiack Cascades, and straight down the river to the Golden Boulder, which has some nice problems on it. This is an awesome long trip that involves almost no uphill hiking...except on route. Have fun! The first time I did this was with Nick Noel, we were scared of the unknown, but made it up relatively easily. Then we ran down and did Snake Dike just before sunset...my first time up that too! BOTH our headlamps ran out of batteries on the hike back and we had to snuggle by a large campfire all night, smoking the last of our two pack supply of cigarettes. We hobbled back to Olmstead in the morning and headed straight to the grill. Duane's buckwheat pancakes never tasted so good!

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 19, 2009 - 08:12pm PT
Does anyone have the topo for Northwest Face of Bunnell Point? I believe it is in the Southern Yosemite guidebook but I don't have that book.

. . . not !
Mar 16, 2010 - 03:07pm PT
A big phat file of (part of) Clouds Rest/Quarter Dome from Bob Burd's site : http://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_photos/tenaya_canyon_2/lrg/DSC00086.jpg

Oct 3, 2011 - 10:28pm PT
Photo Trip Report, My Favorite Things, 10/1/11

Credit: Zander
Morning Stroll

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Route goes up and left

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Nice day

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Lunch time

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Smoke in the valley

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Good night Cloud's Rest

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A few miles yet to go.
See ya,

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 3, 2011 - 11:01pm PT
Nice Zander, beautiful shots

I enjoyed the route myself.

For those who go there, Please be careful and Leave no Trace in Tenaya Canyon


Captain...or Skully

Where are you bound?
Oct 3, 2011 - 11:05pm PT
Amazing colors, Zander. Wow.
Fab pics.

Trad climber
Oct 3, 2011 - 11:49pm PT
Great photos Zander! What a cool looking route.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 4, 2011 - 01:36am PT
Beautiful, Zander - thanks for sharing.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Oct 6, 2011 - 01:17pm PT
Beautiful, no standing in line back in there! Thanks Zander.

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Oct 6, 2011 - 01:18pm PT
:-) Beautiful.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 6, 2011 - 01:44pm PT
Beautiful photos, Zander. Thans much.

Maybe next Summer . . .


Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 6, 2011 - 03:25pm PT
Super-cool! It's boggling how much rock is out there, like being lost at sea. Finding anchor bolts seems like finding a specific atoll after a trans-pacific crossing made by stars.
scuffy b

dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 6, 2011 - 04:44pm PT
Great Stuff, Zander
Kurt Ettinger

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Oct 6, 2011 - 05:06pm PT
Beautiful. Looks so peaceful out there. Thank you!

Gym climber
Oct 6, 2011 - 06:21pm PT

Trad climber
Mountain View
Oct 6, 2011 - 06:42pm PT
Nice Zander....makes me want to repeat it. Great route....
G Murphy

Trad climber
Oakland CA
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:24pm PT
I did My Favorite Things a few years back with Peter Coward. Really nice and scenic. Highly recommended...as Karl suggests, please tread lightly back there.
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