Trip Report
Summer 2018 in photos
Monday October 8, 2018 4:33pm
No time to write about getting out but if picture is worth a 1000 words, there is way too much here. Even more photos could be found on the blog post, but seems like I moved plenty of them over :)

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Vitaliy M.
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Vitaliy M. is an annoying gym climber from Visalia, CA.

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Ice climber
Pomfert VT
  Oct 8, 2018 - 05:37pm PT

Mountain climber
Anchorage, AK
  Oct 8, 2018 - 05:39pm PT

you take some great photos!!
Thanks for posting..

Boulder climber
  Oct 8, 2018 - 05:45pm PT
I stopped at about the 8th photo- I need to block out about half an hour to sit back and enjoy...absolutely amazing!!

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
  Oct 8, 2018 - 05:56pm PT

...gym climber from Visalia, CA.

Quite a gym you've got there....

Social climber
  Oct 8, 2018 - 06:28pm PT
hey there say, vitaliy... these are so impressive!!

me, too... i will come back and see more...

i am doing house chores, now... :))

thank you so very much! for taking time to share all this
neat stuff!!!!


great photos !!!!

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Oct 8, 2018 - 06:34pm PT
Wonderful photos!

Thank you for taking the time to post them.

In a perfect Universe, you would include some descriptions, but then I'm from the old writing-too school.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Oct 8, 2018 - 06:35pm PT
Nice V!
Thanks for the visuals.

Trad climber
  Oct 8, 2018 - 07:03pm PT
Great thanks
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
  Oct 8, 2018 - 07:29pm PT
If anyone should ask me why John Muir named the Sierra the Range of Light I will show them this tr.
Your photos are incredible and the granite sublime.

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  Oct 8, 2018 - 07:41pm PT
Fantastic photos and some beautiful climbing too....Thanks for sharing....


Blue Ridge Mts, Shenandoah River
  Oct 8, 2018 - 07:52pm PT
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Oct 8, 2018 - 08:04pm PT
Blown away!!! What a great photo essay.....keep em coming!!!

The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
  Oct 8, 2018 - 08:15pm PT
BRAVISSIMO! I just want you to know that I really hate over-achievers.

Mountain climber
  Oct 8, 2018 - 09:09pm PT
Beautiful! Thank you!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
  Oct 8, 2018 - 09:21pm PT
wow - some incredible photos and incredible adventures well documented

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
  Oct 8, 2018 - 09:38pm PT
Holy crap Vit! You are living THE dream. One thing you forgot to include the area and route for each and every climbing shot.... Please. Looks like you did a lifetime in one summer. Nice.


Oakland, CA
  Oct 8, 2018 - 10:57pm PT
My kingdom for the location names!

Is all of that magnificence in the Sierra alone?

All killer no filler - thank you so much for sharing these amazing pics.
John M

  Oct 8, 2018 - 11:08pm PT
your sure cover some ground. Would love to have locations identified. Especially the lakes.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Oct 9, 2018 - 06:38am PT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
  Oct 9, 2018 - 07:16am PT
Thanks for the beautiful images.

Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
  Oct 9, 2018 - 07:24am PT
Do you even gym climb, bruh?

Social climber
great white north
  Oct 9, 2018 - 07:28am PT
Well done, need to savour this one over time.

Social climber
Out there
  Oct 9, 2018 - 08:05am PT
I'll post a forced semi-compliment here, but I'm still butthurt that you trolled me back in 2012. And also I haven't touched rock in 20 years.

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
  Oct 9, 2018 - 08:17am PT
Romantic Warrior etc etc etc, NICE! What a summer, thanks for sharing.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
  Oct 9, 2018 - 08:23am PT
Looks like you got some climbing done!
And you worked full time as a nurse?
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Oct 9, 2018 - 09:43am PT
Vitaliy, at first glance I was disappointed your beautiful photos lacked descriptions of where, what and when. I suppose just because we've become so accustom to an overload of information. I must say by not having information it added for me a sense of mystery and adventure, reminiscent of those carefree days of my youth exploring our home range with no more information than Starr's & Voge's guides. Thanks for taking the time to share.

Charlie D.

Credit: Charlie D.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Oct 9, 2018 - 09:53am PT
In a perfect Universe, you would include some descriptions, but then I'm from the old writing-too school.

In perfect world I would have a lot more time. If you click on my blog or ST profile, you will see how little posting I had time for in the last year or so. My last blog post was photos sometime in early Spring I believe.

There will be dry info submissions in the next AAJ. As there are plenty in the last several. I feel like pure photos without an order, descriptions, ratings and so on are nicer because we (the audience) can look at attractive landscapes without thinking about all the technicalities.

I must say by not having information it added for me a sense of mystery and adventure, reminiscent of those carefree days of my youth exploring our home range with no more information than Starr's & Voge's guides.
THAT! In the Sierra, pretty much anywhere you go, you will see beautiful lakes, peaks etc.

Yes PhilG, mainly no time because I do work full time as a nurse, trying to take some classes on the side to get more qualifications (working in the VERY BUSY ER most want more skills so you could do more/notice subtle changes in patient's condition to promote a better outcome), need family/girlfriend time and I been working on a guide to technical climbing in the High Sierra, had to do a lot of hiking/exploratory climbing and put a lot more time into topo drawing for the book. Time, energy and health, few things most of us could use more of.

Trad climber
San Diego
  Oct 9, 2018 - 09:57am PT
Thanks, Dude.. truly beautiful feel to your images - capturing what we all love.

Trad climber
portland, or
  Oct 9, 2018 - 10:10am PT
Even without captions, which, I dare say, we'd all like to see, you present an awesome collection of eye candy. TFPU!
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
  Oct 9, 2018 - 10:12am PT

Social climber
  Oct 9, 2018 - 10:40am PT
Here's some trundles Vitaliy did this summer

Mighty Hiker

Outside the Asylum
  Oct 9, 2018 - 01:48pm PT
Very nice - I even clicked on the 'like' button!

But where was cheburaskha?

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Oct 9, 2018 - 03:36pm PT
Me like!

Here is yer bonus, Vitaliy!


PS. You still owe me a climb.

culver city, ca
  Oct 9, 2018 - 08:24pm PT
Thanks for sharing, such beautiful photos...looks like a lifetime of climbing for some of us!
Jim Clipper

  Oct 9, 2018 - 08:30pm PT

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Oct 9, 2018 - 09:10pm PT
Duuuuuude, your photo taking skills are passing up your climbing skills.

You forgot this one:
Credit: limpingcrab

I was hoping you’d do some sort of summary TR, thanks and yay!!

SEKI rules

Oakland, CA
  Oct 10, 2018 - 12:42pm PT
been working on a guide to technical climbing in the High Sierra

Oh f*#k yeah!

Looking again, some of these pics seem to be taken from another planet, deep red horizons - so beautiful. Thanks again, see you out there.

Social climber
  Oct 10, 2018 - 01:12pm PT
Based on the Alex Lowe (RIP) definition of 'best climber', I'd say you're definitely right there! Great images....and trundles!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
  Oct 10, 2018 - 02:25pm PT
Thanks for sharing all your great photos.
I noticed Romantic Warrior, too - pretty rad.
Also the return to Castle Rock Spire.

Sport climber
  Oct 11, 2018 - 12:21pm PT

Another WOW - for the photos and a free rope-bound life...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
  Oct 11, 2018 - 09:36pm PT
nice V,
Berg Heil!

Social climber
Location: It's a MisterE
  Oct 11, 2018 - 09:44pm PT
Vital - iy

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Oct 12, 2018 - 05:41am PT
Yo Vitaliy.....simply stunning! You made my morning.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
  Oct 15, 2018 - 09:30am PT
Looking forward to anything from AAJ & the book . . .
(That's So much work)
Thank you for making the time to post the magnificent things you've been up to.
V, Every share from your exploits.

Charlie D, What edition of "Starr's Guide" is that?
I have an 8th Ed. from 1962, the cover does not have the word "edition" on the cover.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Oct 12, 2018 - 11:40am PT
Dude that shot of mount Chamberlain is so rad. So Baffin looking. You have quite an eye and you're stoke comes through the lens.

Nice work out there this summer. Thanks for sharing your vision and your adventure!

If you need a few shots of me from the gym, bring your camera next week. There's a sick route over on the blue tower I am seshing these days.

wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
  Oct 12, 2018 - 02:52pm PT
You make us all feel like slackers in comparison with your constant crushing, Vitaly. Thanks for taking the time to post those inspirational and motivating images!

Social climber
Cat Box
  Oct 12, 2018 - 03:12pm PT
Dude, try to get out more often!

Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Oct 12, 2018 - 06:25pm PT
Your summer was way better than mine, and I went to Italy. Maybe it was because the kids complained about having to see cathedrals or Titians. Or maybe it was because I didn't to spend a single night in the Sierra. :(
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Oct 13, 2018 - 07:22am PT
Trundling? Bad boy.

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, Utah
  Oct 13, 2018 - 09:56am PT
Incredible summer, thanks for sharing! Wow.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Oct 15, 2018 - 02:22am PT
Stellar photos V,

right here, right now
  Oct 15, 2018 - 09:26am PT
Words can be overrated.
You showed me everything I need to know!

the last bivy
  Oct 15, 2018 - 05:51pm PT
Wonderful ! Happy to see your adventures in such great photos!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Oct 16, 2018 - 12:21pm PT
You are living the life man! Truly beautiful pictures of beautiful places. You are an inspiration for getting out there and making it work in a life busy with other stuff too.

Jingus Newroutaineer
  Oct 16, 2018 - 12:41pm PT
Sierras, all climbed out. Stay in bed. :P

mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Oct 16, 2018 - 01:24pm PT
Wow incredible photos. Smear of fear is shaping up you better run over here and do that thing.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Oct 16, 2018 - 01:27pm PT
Credit: mike m
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