Trip Report
Yosemite Valley May 2011
Saturday May 14, 2011 6:03pm
I just got back from a quick mid-week trip to the Valley with my friend Faith. This is only my second “outside” climbing since last November, when I fu%*ed up my left arm and shoulder, and although I feel out of shape, it sure feels wonderful to climb on real rock again. We climbed at Pat & Jack’s, Manure Pile, and Church Bowl, thinking those areas would be dry. They were, but since I’m not much for taking photos when climbing, I’ll forgo the blow by blow. I posted a little commentary about the half day at Pat & Jack’s in the “Bonehead’s” thread.

We had great weather and the Valley was gorgeous. Two events stand out: On the way back to the car from Manure Pile, we saw the biggest bear either of us had ever seen! It was easily 350 pounds. Its fur was gorgeous and clean and shimmery reddish-brown. The other mind-bending event was that when we arrived at the base of Bishop’s Terrace, there was NOONE ELSE THERE. At 9:30 AM. That might qualify for inclusion on the Guinness Book of World Records.

Cascade Falls 5/10/11
Cascade Falls 5/10/11
Credit: phylp

Sentinal with moon
Sentinal with moon
Credit: phylp

upper and lower Falls
upper and lower Falls
Credit: phylp

All the dogwood was in bloom!
All the dogwood was in bloom!
Credit: phylp

My Mythos were over at the Rubber Room being resoled, so I decided to use a very old pair of retired gym shoes that had gotten loose enough to walk around in comfortably. I figured they would be fine for easy crack and face. Here's what they looked like at the end of the trip!

Funny thing is they worked fine!
Funny thing is they worked fine!
Credit: phylp

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phylp is a trad climber from Millbrae, CA.

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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  May 14, 2011 - 06:36pm PT
hey there say, phylp.... this is a neat little share... thanks so much....


wow, i sure liked hearing about the TWO EVENTS.... but, me, i'd rather have seen the second up close, and the FIRST perhaps from a far far distance.... :O



once again, thanks... the day sounded lovely...
:)

god bless...
:)
sullly

Gym climber
  May 14, 2011 - 07:36pm PT
Great to hear your shoulder is holding up.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  May 14, 2011 - 09:22pm PT
Thanks for a great update. Ferretlegger and I have been contemplating a midweek up to the Valley. This sealed it! Susan
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  May 14, 2011 - 09:48pm PT
Those shoes crack me up! Great photos, thanks for giving me a taste of the valley. (RR in 10/11 definitely!)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
  May 14, 2011 - 10:26pm PT
Get some backup shoes, Johnson!

Cool pics!!!!!
rhyang

climber
SJC
  May 14, 2011 - 10:55pm PT
Way to get after it !
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  May 14, 2011 - 11:05pm PT
Nice shoes, maybe it's time to retire them?
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
  May 14, 2011 - 11:08pm PT
Right on, Phylp!
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  May 15, 2011 - 12:12am PT
Ah. Nice, Phylp.
Even glimpses in pics are great.
TPFU, eh? Lovin' it.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
  May 15, 2011 - 01:25am PT
Nice,Phyl,getting stoked to go next week. Thanks!
Zander

climber
  May 15, 2011 - 10:40am PT
Cool!
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