Trip Report
2012 Highpoints

by mhay
Thursday January 17, 2013 9:56pm
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:

Eklutna Traverse
Eklutna Traverse
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and:

Explorer Glacier
Explorer Glacier
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which leads to:

Benzene Alley
Benzene Alley
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and:

Gunny Gorge
Gunny Gorge
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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.
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Chugging back down the old mining road.
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In April went to Red Rocks. Did, among other routes which I can't remember, Sour Mash. Fun, underrated route.
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Also did some running.
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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.
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Late May got us up to Tuolumne. Warmed up on West Country, and ....
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Great White Book.
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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.
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In mid-June we did Moon Goddess. Great route; fun exposure, classic line.
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First gendarme.
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Past the first gendarme.
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Nearing the top of the route.
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We love (the) Sierra Nevada.
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For early July we did N.Peak of Cotter, and Ramp Route on Clarence King.

Glen Pass looking NNW.
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NE Arete of N.Peak of Cotter is the steep arete on the skyline. It's a fun, quick, run-up.
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The Ramp Route on Clarence King.
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In mid-July it was time for fog, Sequoia sempervirens, and running.
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Then a carry-over on N.Arete of Matterhorn.
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These are some of the big, healthy trees that were blown over in the November 2011 anomaly winds in northern Yosemite.
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In August I ran from South Lake to North Lake via a scenic route. No photos, I was busy.
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The run up Red & White was fun in September.
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And an 8-hour circumnavigation of Sawtooth Ridge was good for early October.
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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.
Great Basin NP
Great Basin NP
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Capitol Reef NP
Capitol Reef NP
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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.
Solar Flare
Solar Flare
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Out of Control
Out of Control
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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.
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On a run through the NW end of the Eagle Mountains we found some cool old household trash.
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mhay is a climber from Reno, NV.

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thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
  Jan 17, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
WOW! Incredie year dude.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jan 17, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Fun and varied.......Took a suntan back to AK!
Hoots

climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
  Jan 17, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
Wow. Not a bad year. Hell, not a bad decade for a lot of folks!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jan 17, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
Ohhhh. Just wonderful


Susan
atchafalaya

Boulder climber
  Jan 17, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
Cool tr, love the running parts.
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  Jan 17, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Your life: it's beautiful. Thanks for posting, inspiring.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Jan 17, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
seemed like one BITCHIN year!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Jan 17, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
Nice TR, I enjoyed reading it. How many miles total for the N-S lake trip? Looks like an epic run. Something about being in the sierras that makes me want to run!
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
  Jan 17, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
wow .... What's on the agenda for 2013?
Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
  Jan 17, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
Wow, what a great year. Great trip report but now I feel like my year was rather dull. Great job getting after it !
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Jan 17, 2013 - 11:55pm PT
Great pictures, thanks for posting! Trail running seems like it would be a lot of fun if it didn't involve so much rinning
RP3

Big Wall climber
Twain Harte
  Jan 18, 2013 - 12:12am PT
Great year! I am jealous! Thanks for sharing
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
  Jan 19, 2013 - 01:06am PT
The adventure running hits home.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
  Jan 18, 2013 - 02:09am PT
Nice
Thanks for sharing
mhay

climber
Bishop, CA
Author's Reply  Jan 18, 2013 - 07:24am PT
RyanD - ~30 miles. It's a fun route with many potential variations, both shorter and longer. I did Bishop Pass > Muir Pass > Lamarck Col. Other options would be Bishop Pass > Echo Col, or Echo Col > Lamarck Col, or Bishop Pass > Muir Pass > Alpine Col. I started the run with a friend who was doing a 55 mile loop that stayed on the JMT up to Hutchinson Meadow and out Piute Pass. He crushed it. It took him only about 2 hours longer to do his run. Although, the next day he was lounging on the couch and I was out cragging.

Dapper Dan - No specifics yet, but lots of ideas. Been thinking about doing some ski touring this spring in the Sierra. Looks like there might be enough snow. And it might be time for a repeat of Epinephrine. Bloody Dihedral, Aiguille Extra, packraft the Escalante, Polish route on Incredible Hulk, still haven't done Pingora or any of the good stuff in RMNP.....
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Jan 18, 2013 - 08:32am PT
Some dandies in there, mhay. Stellar season, eh?
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jan 18, 2013 - 08:37am PT
Now that's a bitchin' year!!

Please have another and get back to us!!!
JohnnyG

climber
  Jan 18, 2013 - 09:10am PT
nice! thanks for posting
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
  Jan 18, 2013 - 10:18am PT
Yeah baby!
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
  Jan 18, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
Mhay, thanks! That looks like a great year outdoors.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Jan 18, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
very nice!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Jan 18, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
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.


Excellent planning on your part. The last time I did the route, we had to wait for three parties. Sounds like you had a wonderful 2012 season, and I greatly appreciate your sharing it with us.

John
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Jan 18, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
Killar year!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jan 18, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
Strong year fo sho!
Thanks bro!
MisterE

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
  Jan 23, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Way to get after it! What a great year!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Jan 23, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
very nice trip report! love it!
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