Sunday, October 17, 2010

Big Stone

Grand views from the Spire's summit   

It's hard to stop taking photos of El Cap.  Someone remarked yesterday that it's not really possible to convey the scale, the way you have to tilt your head up to take it all in, but I feel compelled to keep trying. 

Yesterday I climbed the Higher Cathedral Spire with a wild Australian.  While the route was relatively moderate we managed to find a stout variation and struggled with proper passing etiquette.  It's been a while since I've been somewhere so popular.  Despite some awkwardness we enjoyed a new summit and soaked in the views.

Darin the Aussie cranks through an exciting variation

Wild stone on Higher Cathedral

Back to the Captain

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Welcome to California

Good times with Los Hermanos (Joel and Neil Kauffman) on the East side and city life with homeowners Jon Schmid and Lucho Rivera.

 Mono Lake

Tuolumne Meadows

Bay Area