Tuolumne 2014

The day after arriving in California, we met with close friend and climbing partner Justin C. in Tuolumne Meadows. I’ve been climbing with Justin around 6 months now and am truly inspired by what a cool, calm, collected head he has in any moment and how much of a master he is of his craft. Rarely do I leave the ground with him that I do not come back with a few more tricks of the trade added to my arsenal. So, I was really stoked when he agreed to make the pilgrimage to Yosemite with us! The first two days we took Tuolumne by storm, an intro on the Daff Dome with 4 pitches of Crescent Arch (5.10) followed by the grueling expedition over the Tenaya-Matthes-Cathedral Crest Traverse. After 7.5 miles and 5000ft in elevation gain we were due for some rest and relaxation, we set our eyes on Mammoth Lakes and Wild Willy’s hot spring. Knees, shoulders, joints and muscles all back in order after some proper therapy from Mother Nature. And we were back at it again, this time practicing our simul-climbing as we completed another ‘sufferfest’; the Regular Route (5.9) up Fairview Dome and the Southeast Buttress (5.7) up Cathedral Peak in a day. Turning 1700ft and 17 pitches into just 3! I fell in love with this new meditative way of climbing: both climbers on the sharp end moving in synchronization, racing up the rock, no thoughts, deep breaths and greater rewards. I had experienced it before but never like this! I can’t wait to be in touch with that feeling again, but it was time to venture to the Valley. Hard to fathom bigger and better walls awaited us, so we said our ‘goodbyes’ to Tuolumne and hit the road.

JH 10/19/14

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