royal arches crest jewel linkup 5/09 with the wife


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scuffy b

Bad Brothers' Bait and Switch Shop
May 12, 2009 - 11:38am PT
Way to go, Sean and Jessy.
How are the hands?
How did your recovery day go?

Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2009 - 12:06pm PT
On sunday we did the el cap lieback and just relaxed and watched other people climb. The hands felt fine the next day but my legs are still sore. Chiloe that picture is my favorite. Thanks for all the replies.

San Francisco, CA
May 12, 2009 - 01:14pm PT
Concert was stellar. Thanks for asking, and thanks for more pics!! We're heading back to the Valley now. See you guys soon.
the Fet

Supercaliyosemistic climber
May 12, 2009 - 01:21pm PT
Best line in the TR:

"As of today we are still married."

Berkeley, CA
May 12, 2009 - 01:23pm PT
Now whenever you start to get cranky or whiney about something, remember how lucky you are! Tend that garden well.

Awesome job!

Trad climber
May 12, 2009 - 01:28pm PT
great tr-- congrats on beating the crowds. saturday was gorgeous-- perfect day to be up there

Trad climber
Sac, CA
May 12, 2009 - 01:28pm PT
Awesome TR! Thank you so much!! Congrtats!!
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
May 12, 2009 - 01:42pm PT
Awesome report. Pic with tree and Half Dome is also my fave!



Trad climber
fresno, ca
May 12, 2009 - 02:54pm PT
Good on ya. I took my wife up a one pitch 5.7 in Courtright 10 years ago. She freaked. We rapped. We are still happily married after 14 years. She's the ultimate campground/ basecampstress these days, burgers on the fire, happy hour brewing, kids tucked in by the time I straggle back to camp..... but no climbey for wifey.

May 12, 2009 - 06:17pm PT
Right on you two!

I've been wondering since we didn't see you at the sandpit sat night.


Trad climber
berkeley ca
May 12, 2009 - 06:46pm PT

Next time ad in the direct for an additional 400 feet of climbing.

Trad climber
May 12, 2009 - 07:49pm PT
This TR makes me happy. Saweeeet!!

May 12, 2009 - 08:32pm PT
You da man Sean! What a proud day. Royal Arches to the South Face of North Dome is also a good day...I would like to do this version you have done. HOLD ONTO THAT WOMAN!
mark miller

Social climber
May 12, 2009 - 09:13pm PT
My feet hurt just reading it. Knott finding the trail over to the falls and coming down NDG probably saved your feet and Knees. Great link up, I've wanted to do it for 3 decades but even after getting up the arches in sub 3 hours(15+ times) the thought of more slab climbing on my feet never kept the fire burning...Good job. You folks are ready for the Mortals link up of Half Dome and El cap in a day.......

Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
May 12, 2009 - 10:01pm PT
Love it!!!!
Thanks for posting!
NDG... sucks dosen't it.

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
May 12, 2009 - 10:14pm PT
Great TR and how fortunate you two are to share such an awesome experience/adventure!!!!

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
May 13, 2009 - 11:27am PT
Fun! I'd love to do Crest Jewel!

Oh, and that trail back to Yosemite Falls? It is faaaaarrrrr... it took us hours to bushwhack up to it from the top of Royal Arches. Fun once, probably will never do it again.

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
May 13, 2009 - 12:12pm PT

For whatever reason, this photo actually made me smell the Valley. Thanks! Six days.

May 18, 2009 - 03:29am PT
nice job guys! I sincerely don't remember it being difficult at all to catch the trail back to Yosemite Falls/Camp Four. Sorry for the bad beta. Oh, and post a Shasta TR and have Jess post her "SF run" as a TR...

Trad climber
Between Tuscano and Liguria, Italia
May 18, 2009 - 03:55am PT
Another idea is to bring a 7 or 8 mil line on the RA and stash it near the spring somewhere. Then after Crest Jewel, rap the arches descent. People say it is so much longer than the NDG but I disagree and it is more straight forward. The only problem is that if you have to do it in the dark, perhaps it has a high epic potential (I would say that NDG is higher though in the dark).
I have done RA to CJ once and then RA to CJD and both times we rapped it. The second time, we were walking down from CJ with a party that knew the NDG and so we planned to wait for eachother in the parking lot of the Awahnee to see which way was faster. We were out about half an hour ahead and not really rushing. That being said, I had rapped the route at least 3 times before so I am somewhat familiar with it and it was light out.
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