Trip Report
Winter in Tuolumne Aug. '10
Tuesday August 31, 2010 2:52am
I signed on for some harder climbs this time...

Scorpion- Medlicott
Credit: Jay Wood

This climb has multiple challenges- gymnastic start, hard slab moves, HARD face moves, hard crack.
The 40 temps, a few snowflakes and some wind added drama. I think one fall was caused by shivering.
Numb fingers and impending hypothermia lead to (falling and) bailing after 2+ pitches. I also milked the new shoes excuse for my (lack of) performance.

I took this picture in the process of dropping the camera. It almost became the 4th to die climbing.
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More sheltered and warmer- Handbook- Whizz dome

First pitch
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Second pitch
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Third pitch
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The view
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Thereafter, we retreated further, to the valley, with only intermittent need for a jacket.

The Moratorium- Shultz' ridge

First pitch
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Also first pitch
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Third pitch- .11b tips lieback with hip scum
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Forth pitch- I lead about the last 10 feet
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I think I logged about 7 falls for the weekend, plus the hangs and some pulling on gear. Good to have a ropegun! And it didn't rain!

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Jay Wood
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Jay Wood is a trad climber from Fairfax, CA.

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Trad climber
Upland, CA
  Aug 31, 2010 - 11:26am PT
Nice photos!
I got hypothermic just reading about your time on Scorpion. Doing that grade of slab and face when your hands feel like they have little wooden pegs instead of fingers is - well I can't say what it is because I couldn't have done it.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Aug 31, 2010 - 11:35am PT

"Cool" pix too.

7 falls for the weekend? Way to push!

Believe it or not, a belay hat and having rock shoes that socks will fit in actually helps with that snow flurry, hypothermia issue....

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
  Aug 31, 2010 - 12:18pm PT
The photos are great. You got out there and "roughed" it up! That first pitch has an impressive lieback!


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Aug 31, 2010 - 03:16pm PT
Nice, Jay.

Good call on plan B, is that moratorium cool or what? next time stay on and link it with the east Butt!

Trad climber
the Magic City
  Sep 1, 2010 - 11:47am PT
Dude, awesome photos! What a great tour of classic Stonemaster routes. Handbook=mega underappreciated classic.
Jerry Dodrill

  Sep 1, 2010 - 12:55pm PT
Awesome Jay!

  Sep 1, 2010 - 05:56pm PT
Brr rr rr.. Looks cold.
A lot of sweet corners in those pics.Thanks for posting.
Mighty Hiker

Outside the Asylum
  Sep 1, 2010 - 06:09pm PT
We had over 6 cm of rain in Vancouver yesterday, and the high was +13. Pretty much records. Maybe we're going to have an early winter - it's more like October weather. Though it's nicer today.

Social climber
Oakland, CA
  Sep 1, 2010 - 06:17pm PT
Sweet! Moratorium and Scorpion are climbs I have long desired. Handbook looks good too.

Trad climber
cesspool central
  Sep 1, 2010 - 07:14pm PT
That first pitch of Scorpion was stiff!!!
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