All I can say is that the climbing in
Tuolumne and the High Sierra is STELLAR! It is embarrassing for me to admit never having climbed there before last week. That said, I decided to take advantage of an opportunity that allowed me three and a half days in the area and I thought the adventure would be heightened by climbing solo.
My focus was to just have fun and get some mileage in on some of the classic must-do moderates. To not bore anyone with a list lets just say my time was well spent! All in all I probly got in around 50 guidebook pitches, 25 miles on foot and met some really good folks.
Something I have noticed in the past while travelling with a partner or group of associates is one tends to create a bubble and miss out on special opportunities to meet strangers. For me the lasting memories of those strangers turned friends will outweigh those memories of scaling pitches. A special thanks to Zach for the inspiration,
, Clay and all the other members of the SCMA for letting me poach a parking spot at your campsite! Chad
Gopro footage of the link-up day.
All went as planned; I sent some great routes, made new friends, talked product with the Hardwear crew and caught a cold…er, well that kinda sucked. I missed out on climbing Whitney and bouldering at
. But I got to relax and recoup at Noah and Siemey’s house near Tahoe…thanks a ton! Way Lake
So, I got to visit with my sis, niece, nephew, uncles, aunts, cousin, dad, mom, grandma and managed to on-sight solo the Scenic Cruise (IV 5.10+) in the
, again an area I have managed to not climb in before. Also dropped my new Gopro cam, f#*king hell, so no footage, but I do still have my other HD model. Bummer though, I was really looking forward to the wide angle lens on my new one, if anybody feels it necessary to reequip me that would be great! Black Canyon
Now I am off to the next stage; Ship Rock and then drive 1,900 miles to
in time to catch my flight to NH. Wew, gotta luv it!! Charlotte