Climbing El Capitan

Feb 11th 2017 — California,Climbing,Walls,Yosemite — 7:23 am

This took place last May. The original plan was to do the Muir Wall. We ended up spending 4 days climbing the lower part of the Muir Wall and then swung over to the Nose under the Great Roof. “The Triple Indirect”. We had some excellent weather and didn’t have to deal with any other climbers basically the whole time. A grand occasion.

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Kelso Dunes

Oct 1st 2016 — California — 8:13 am

Halfway between Las Vegas and Joshua Tree National Park is the Mojave National Preserve. A surreal landscape of jagged mountains and endless desert valleys. There are some giant sand dunes in there, we camped a couple nights and checked them out.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Aug 7th 2016 — California,Climbing,National Parks — 10:49 am

A few days in a otherworldly part of southern California last November. Thank you Valerie for arranging the accommodations and to your sister for allowing us to stay at her Airbnb spot.

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Yosemite With My Brother. Goodrich Pinnacle, Right Side.

Apr 30th 2015 — California,Climbing,Yosemite — 12:20 pm

By Davy’s last day we were getting a bit slab-crazy and decided to do a 6-pitch route up Glacier Point Apron. The Supertopo description for this route makes it sound a bit easier than I found it to be.

We made it to the top without any major complications though.

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Yosemite With My Brother Part 2

Apr 29th 2015 — California,Climbing,Yosemite — 12:22 pm

Some cragging, an evening hike, and multi-pitch climbing on Middle Cathedral Rock.

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Yosemite With My Brother Part 1

Apr 26th 2015 — California,Climbing,Yosemite — 1:57 pm

My brother Davy came up to Yosemite during my last couple of weeks there, and discovered that he is pretty into climbing. We went just about every day he was here. Usually pushing the daylight. These aren’t totally in chronological order.

The pictures that are on the wide and smooth chunk of granite (called Glacier Point Apron) were from some of his last days here.

Davy has had a pretty old-school introduction to the world of climbing. We climbed outside for his first time ever years ago in Gallatin Canyon, MT. I don’t think he’s ever climbed indoors and most of the climbing we did this trip involved cracks.

Crack climbing was all they used to do back in the day, but the advent of sport climbing and climbing gyms has made face climbing more the norm now. I would venture by the time he left that Davy had gained more crack-climbing experience than the majority of climbers.

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April Snow in Yosemite

Apr 10th 2015 — California,National Parks,Yosemite — 8:47 am

This was the first time I’ve experienced snow in the valley since moving to El Portal last May. I am leaving soon and I’d been hoping to see some winter before then, so this was a nice bit of closure.

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Rainy El Portal

Feb 13th 2015 — California — 10:25 am

We got rain last week. Super rare around these parts.

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San Diego

Nov 15th 2014 — California — 7:24 pm

Last weekend I took a road trip down to San Diego to visit Val for her birthday. Some of the warmest November days I have ever spent in my life. A good time was had by all.

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El Capitan – East Ledges Descent

Oct 27th 2014 — California,Climbing,Walls,Yosemite — 8:38 am

The East Ledges descent is the quickest way to get down off the top of El Cap.

We were sitting under the rainfly on the summit trying to wait out the rain, and decided we were just going to get colder if we didn’t start moving.

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The Nose, The Final Pitches

Oct 26th 2014 — California,Climbing,Walls,Yosemite — 6:25 am

Climbing from Camp 6 to the top. Once again narrowly avoiding getting rained on while we were climbing.

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An El Cap Evening

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

The pictures are from 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 — California,Climbing,Walls,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 — California,Climbing,Walls,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 Evans 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 — California,Climbing,Yosemite — 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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