Trip Report2012 Highpoints
Yep. Another TR for all of 2012. Could do a TR from an individual trip, but at this point some of the details are all a little fuzzy, so I'll just slop it all together. I like to run, as well as climb, so there are a few photos from that. I also like to:
which leads to:
but after 8 years in Alaska I'm still jonesing for sun, warmth, rockclimbing, and trail running where I don't have to run along yelling "Hey Bear! Here we come! We're coming through, so don't be surprised. Or with cub. Or with fresh kill! Hey Bear!"
Apparently the first trip of 2012 that we have photographic proof of was in February doing a run out of Panamint Valley. Jail to Hall canyon and back. Hall canyon sounds like a pretty fun descent; 13'ish rappels. The crux might be dealing with private land at the mouth of the canyon. The choices are; getting permission from the owners, or avoiding it by exiting the canyon above the mouth. Hard to say which would be the most exciting, considering some of the end-of-the-roaders who live in Panamint Valley.
Chugging up the old mining road.
Chugging back down the old mining road.
In April went to Red Rocks. Did, among other routes which I can't remember, Sour Mash. Fun, underrated route.
Also did some running.
On the way home we stopped by Whitney Portal to see how south-facing, late April of a dry year would be at ~8k'. Turns out to be pretty sweet. This is on top of Segundo Buttress. On a ledge high on the route we found a 1" x 1/4" split-shaft thread-head laying in the dirt. We figure it was dropped by Fred Beckey on the first ascent.
Late May got us up to Tuolumne. Warmed up on West Country, and ....
Great White Book.
Then did Fairview Regular. The bottom pitch was wet and cold, but we neither saw nor heard anyone all day. Pure sweetness for one of the 50 crowded.
In mid-June we did Moon Goddess. Great route; fun exposure, classic line.
Past the first gendarme.
Nearing the top of the route.
We love (the) Sierra Nevada.
For early July we did N.Peak of Cotter, and Ramp Route on Clarence King.
Glen Pass looking NNW.
NE Arete of N.Peak of Cotter is the steep arete on the skyline. It's a fun, quick, run-up.
The Ramp Route on Clarence King.
In mid-July it was time for fog, Sequoia sempervirens, and running.
Then a carry-over on N.Arete of Matterhorn.
These are some of the big, healthy trees that were blown over in the November 2011 anomaly winds in northern Yosemite.
In August I ran from South Lake to North Lake via a scenic route. No photos, I was busy.
The run up Red & White was fun in September.
And an 8-hour circumnavigation of Sawtooth Ridge was good for early October.
I'm lucky enough to be able to work remotely sometimes, which means the occasional working vacation. In late October we did a trip through Great Basin N.P. and Capitol Reef. Mainly we just did some short runs and walks in beautiful country, and tried to work.
Back to Red Rocks in November. Routes included; Little Bighorn, Grippity Gravity, Beulah's Book, Solar Flare, Corona, The Next Century, and Out of Control.
In December got down to JT. No climbing photos, but this one is from top of Ryan Mountain looking to the NNW into the Hidden Valley area. Among the classics we did were Dangling Woo Li, and Caught Inside. Good stuff.
On a run through the NW end of the Eagle Mountains we found some cool old household trash.
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