An El Cap Evening

Oct 22nd 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 12:01 pm

Our third and final night up there.

Currently it is the 3rd week in October and I have been living in the area since May 19th. There haven’t been more than 6 days that saw considerable rain during that time frame. Somehow we managed to be on El Cap for 3 of them.

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(Still) Climbing the Nose, El Capitan

Oct 19th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 8:42 am

The climbing on day 3.

Started out at Camp 4 and ended up at Camp 6.

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Climbing The Nose, El Capitan

Oct 17th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 8:53 pm

4 days and 3 nights at the end of September.

These pictures are from the first 2 days.

The photos of us on the wall are courtesy of Tom Evens at www.elcapreport.com.

Big thanks to Richard for being such a cool dude and great climbing partner.

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Cathedral Peak

Oct 12th 2014 — Climbing,Yellowstone — 9:54 am

The Friday after the hang glider morning Sean and I climbed Cathedral Peak. The climbing is all quite mild but the setting is pretty special.

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Glacier Point Hangliding

Oct 11th 2014 — Yosemite — 8:53 am

To continue what was a pretty surreal couple of weeks, two days after I got down from Half Dome I worked some of my days off monitoring a film crew.

The first day I met them at 6:30am at Glacier Point. The plan was to film some hang gliders who were eventually going to land in the valley.

Hang gliding with a permit is allowable in the park. Base jumping is not.

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Half Dome Helicopter Evacuation,

Oct 6th 2014 — Yosemite — 10:44 pm

80 tourists getting pulled off the top of Half Dome by helicopter due to the Meadow Fire spreading on Sept 7th, 2014.

A big Sunday.

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Yosemite Meadow Fire: The Sequel

Oct 4th 2014 — Yosemite — 8:25 am

I have a huge amount of respect for the pilots whose job it is to fly a helicopter full of water through narrow canyons and get as close to a tower of smoke and flames as they can before dropping their cargo.

One thing that has resonated with me since I’ve been living in California is how huge of an operation fighting wildfires is. The ground aspect of fighting this fire involved sending several hundred firefighters up the Mist Trail to work and camp in LYV in the ensuing days.

Also, when you look at the pictures of the flames shooting over the tops of those trees remember that most of those trees are probably 100ft tall, at least.

“I am become Time, the destroyer of worlds.” – Vishnu, the Bhagavad-Gita

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Yosemite Meadow Fire

Sep 30th 2014 — Yosemite — 7:15 pm

Pictures of what was known as “The Meadow Fire”, in Yosemite National Park, spreading into Little Yosemite Valley and eventually to Cloud’s Rest on September 7th, 2014. A persistent drought combined with windy conditions meant the fire spread quickly.

These were taken from an Iphone in the early afternoon as the fire progressed.

Eventually the 80 or so hikers stranded on Half Dome were evacuated by helicopter with combined efforts of several local rescue agencies.

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The Prow, Washington Column

Sep 6th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 8:57 am

Last week Richard and I climbed The Prow on Washington Column. This was the first time I had ever slept in a portaledge and the first time I have ever done a route where you have to haul all your gear up with you.

The route is steep and exposed, tall compared to the rest of the planet but a short wall by Yosemite Valley standards.

Props to Richard for swinging leads with me, all his help with rope management and hauling, and his easy-going attitude.

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Snake Dike

Aug 4th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 1:12 pm

Bushwacking Pitch 3 Pitch 3 Again 3rd Class Looking Southeast Sky Matt Up Matt Down Cables

Yos With Val

Jul 24th 2014 — Yosemite — 10:12 am

A fabulous visit last week by my dear friend Valerie.

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Mount Dana

Jul 6th 2014 — Yosemite — 10:09 pm

How we spent the 4th of July. That and eating pie with ice cream. 13,061 ft high but Tioga Road does most of that work for you.

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Yosemite Wanderings

Jul 5th 2014 — Yosemite — 11:37 pm

It is hard to stay properly appreciative.

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Higher Cathedral Spire: Regular Route

Jun 28th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 11:50 pm

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Steck-Salathe

Jun 19th 2014 — Climbing,Yosemite — 6:28 pm

The plan was to do it in a day.

We left the apartment at 4:30am on Tuesday and got back at 3:00pm on Wednesday.

From the route description on Mountain Project:

The Steck-Salathe truly deserves its status as one of the “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America”. Everything from the climbing itself to the many stories of adventure had on the north face of the Sentinel makes this climb a must-do for any aspiring Valley climber — if not a route to be repeated again and again, it certainly should at least be seen as a rite of passage. The climb’s reputation for being long, wide, and physical is well deserved, but the quality of that climbing, the position one achieves, and the overall sense of adventure the route offers should not be understated.

Big ups to my roommate and friend Stewart Williams for being such a baller.

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