I thought I’d send some pics your way from my weekend in
I showed up Friday night to some ominous looking clouds. It started sprinkling shortly after I got into Tuolumne Meadows (at 9,500’) and met up with my Australian climbing partner. We camped out and woke up to rain, sleet, snow, graupel, etc… So we drove around for a while looking for a break in the weather. Around we grabbed out gear and headed up to climb something only to be stopped by sleet 10 minutes later. So we headed 3 miles further up the road to where it was snowing. We racked up at the car and trotted off to climb an easy 2 pitch climb up Lembert Dome. It promptly started snowing and we trudged up the climb in a flurry. Just when we got down, the skies truly darkened and it really started snowing. We packed it in and went to camp to make dinner and sit around a fire.
Sunday we got up at to head to the Valley and warmer temps. The drive down was very snowy for this early in the season. We arrived near Camp 4 around , just in time to stand in line for a site and get some coffee. The ranger showed up at , we got checked in and then we re-racked for Snake Dike, our climb of the day.
we launched off on the 6 mile,
5,000’ gain approach trail to Half Dome.
It looped us up past
We then slept in on Monday till about and headed over to the lodge for bacon and eggs from the cafeteria. After gorging on this fine meal we headed off for the super classic Nutcracker on Manure Pile Buttress (AKA Ranger Rock). After getting lost for an hour and wondering around the wrong buttress we eventually found it and the horde of people trying to climb it. Since it was my last day and a short climb (400’, 4 pitches), we stacked up in line and headed up. We ended up waiting for 3 hours on a ledge with 6 other people while the world’s slowest climbing party in front of us finally got going. All 6 of us simul led the last 3 pitches and topped out in about an hour. This climb was also well worth the effort. Every pitch was fantastic with views all down the valley.
We sorted gear back at the car, hung out in El Cap meadow for a bit with the rats and then I hit the road to get back to LA by and get ready for work. All in all, a fabulous weekend.