Trip Report
Yosemite Institute - pics
Sunday December 18, 2011 11:05pm
I know there are some teachers out there who go (or that some of you even went when you were a lad/lass).

Credit: Slater
El Cap and the puff the magic dragon.

Here is a link... I was too lazy to reload all of them all over again...

Credit: Slater

Going on a stroll.

No snow, decent day temps but damn freezing at night!
There was a wind storm so they upgraded us to the LODGE! WahoooO!

I've been 16 times and that was a first!

My YI instructor was a climber so it was pretty cool hanging and talking. He was awesome with the kids.

BIRDERS... I saw a bald eagle below half dome and a peregrine molesting a hawk by El Cap meadow, and a Pileated Woodpecker near Chapel Wall.

Fun times... hope this brings back memories!

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About the Author
Slater is a trad climber from Central Coast and co-author of "California Road Trip - Climber's Guide to Northern California" and "California Central Coast Climbs: San Luis Obispo".

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Trad climber
El Portal, CA
  Dec 18, 2011 - 11:46pm PT
It's always nice to see the youth enjoying and learning about their national treasures.

  Dec 19, 2011 - 12:43am PT
Aw, what a cute bunch of kids! Awesome.

I really like those students, often I come across them while bombing down a trail in the off season, hustling to make my YARTs connection. They ask great questions like "what did you eat for dinner" and "aren't you scared being alone?" and other things I don't thing about often.

And I really like the instructors, when I come up from behind, they pull the line to the side of the trail and let me scurry past them. And nary a speck of litter!

Gym climber
sawatch choss
  Dec 19, 2011 - 08:19am PT
Nice shots Tom! What a fun way to see the Valley again. Thanks.

Sonoma County
  Dec 19, 2011 - 03:39pm PT
Cool Tom. I was looking out for your group over the weekend, but we were on rock most of the time. Yes, damn cold at night.

We followed a bobcat around camp 4 for a bit as he stalked a squirrel.
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