Trip Report
Thanksgiving in Yosemite Valley
Monday November 26, 2012 4:40pm
Glamping at its finest, in Camp Four

Victor and I had Thanksgiving in Yosemite Valley this year and shared the weekend with several friends. The whole endeavor was a crazy adventure and we even got some climbing in along the way. To collect decorations for our campsite, the indefatigable Victor (aka drc) drove me around to every secondhand/goodwill store on the Peninsula to collect candle holders, picnic supplies, and luxury camping gear. Packing the car was a feat in itself, but with some bungees to secure a pack to the roof of the Subaru, we were off around 7:30AM on Thanksgiving Day.

We arrived to find out all the reservation-only sites in Upper Pines were still that...reservation-only. Fortunately, site 18 at the back of Camp Four was free and we went to work.

Thanksgiving Day in Camp Four
Thanksgiving Day in Camp Four
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Credit: yosguns
Classing up the ghetto that is Camp Four
Classing up the ghetto that is Camp Four
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I learned a great new trick for longer camping trips: tying the paper towels under the picnic table. Keeps them dry and they're always there when you need them.

I heated our precooked turkey up over our fire. This is something I won't sign up for again anytime soon. Basting the sucker over an open flame for two hours or so was...well, smokey! It was well worth it though, when we had our feast: turkey, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

What a man! Victor carving the turkey in Camp Four.
What a man! Victor carving the turkey in Camp Four.
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Credit: yosguns
Mr. Reedy at the ready.
Mr. Reedy at the ready.
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Credit: yosguns

The next day we climbed at New Diversions Cliff.

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It was a gorgeous day!

Reeds in late afternoon sun on Friday, 11/23
Reeds in late afternoon sun on Friday, 11/23
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On Saturday, we climbed a bit at Five and Dime and then finished the day on old favorites at Bishop's Terrace.

We packed up with help from our friends on Sunday morning and climbed "Little John Right" at El Cap Base on our way out of the park.

Mr. Mucci and Victor at El Cap
Mr. Mucci and Victor at El Cap
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Frost on El Cap Meadow
Frost on El Cap Meadow
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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!



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climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
  Nov 26, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
Thank-You!
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Nov 26, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
excellent! Smokey turkey and off-season Yosemite with perfect weather is tough to beat!
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
  Nov 26, 2012 - 05:32pm PT
My best Xmas was in the Valley. Awesome idea!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Nov 26, 2012 - 05:37pm PT
I spent a Thanksgiving in Scotland once. It really wasn't terribly
hard to get the local lads to help me celebrate. And after an indeterminate
number of drams haggis tastes just like turkey!
eKat

Trad climber
  Nov 26, 2012 - 05:41pm PT
DELIGHTFUL!

ox
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Nov 26, 2012 - 05:42pm PT
Nice TR! I was also in the valley this weekend. Perfect climbing weather!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Nov 26, 2012 - 09:03pm PT
SMORES!!! NO mention of the SMORES!!

Even the ranger passed on a power play tooling opportunity after viewing the turkey day setup.

Ghetto fabulous.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
  Nov 26, 2012 - 09:09pm PT
Awesome! Did you not love the high pressure weather with no precip?
Thanks for the TR...
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
  Nov 26, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
very nice. I approve of this TR
Fish Finder

Social climber
  Nov 26, 2012 - 09:15pm PT



It doesnt matter if the Turkey is organic when you eat it Free Range
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Nov 26, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
Awesome!
Fletcher

Gym climber
A very quiet place
  Nov 26, 2012 - 09:30pm PT
This made my day... who could ask for more? Turkey, cranberry, the fixin's and climbin'!

Thanks!
Eric
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
  Nov 26, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
That's a good time!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
  Nov 26, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
Wow! Superb effort for T-day!
Thanks, Phyl
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