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Steph_Abegg

[TR] Sierras & Tuolumne Classics - ....

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Trip: Sierras & Tuolumne Classics - Third Pillar, Cathedral Traverse, Matthes Crest, Fairview, Russell, Bear Creek Spire, Merriam, Cardinal, Norman Clyde, Palisade Crest, Incredible Hulk

 

Date: 6/18-30/2013, 8/18-29/2013, 9/7-13/2013

 

Trip Report:

This summer (2013) I went down to California three times (in June, August, and September), each time with the Incredible Hulk the main priority. But for one reason or another (time, weather, smoke, winds) it became quite a challenge to actually get past the planning stages for the Hulk. On the third trip, we finally made it happen, climbing both the Red Dihedral (5.10b) and Positive Vibrations (5.11a) routes on the Hulk. These two climbs were indeed incredible. I have posted a separate thread for my Incredible Hulk trip report.

 

This thread sums up all of the other great climbs my various partners and I did on my three trips to California leading up to the successful climbs on the Hulk. Most of the climbs were Sierra classic routes, located in either the High Sierra or Tuolumne. The rock in this area is so good. I have posted trip reports on my website for all of these climbs (links provided below).

 

California Climbing Trip I: June 18-30, with Mark Thomas

  • Norman Clyde Firebird Ridge (5.9) LINK TO TR
  • Norman Clyde Twilight Pillar (5.9) LINK TO TR
  • Palisade Crest (IV, 5.8) LINK TO TR
  • Third Pillar of Dana (5.10b) LINK TO TR
  • Cathedral Traverse: Cathedral, Echo Peaks, Cockscomb, Unicorn LINK TO TR
     
    Norman Clyde Peak
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    Palisade Crest
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    Third Pillar of Dana
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    Cathedral Traverse
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California Climbing Trip II: August 18-29, with Dan Aylward, Chad Kellogg, and Sarah Hart

  • Fairview Dome Regular Route (5.9) LINK TO TR
  • Mt. Russell Fishhook Arête (5.9) LINK TO TR
  • Bear Creek Spire North Arête (5.8) LINK TO TR
  • "TMC Linkup": Tenaya - Matthes Crest - Cathedral LINK TO TR
     
    Fairview Dome
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    Mt. Russell Fishhook Arête
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    Bear Creek Spire North Arête
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    Matthes Crest
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California Climbing Trip III: Sept 7-13, with Mark Thomas and Nic Risser

  • Incredible Hulk Red Dihedral (5.10b) LINK TO TR
  • Incredible Hulk Positive Vibrations (5.11a) LINK TO TR
  • Merriam Peak North Buttress (5.10b) LINK TO TR
  • Cardinal Pinnacle West Face (5.10a) LINK TO TR
     
    Incredible Hulk
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    Merriam Peak North Buttress
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    Cardinal Pinnacle West Face
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Edited by Steph_Abegg

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I can't believe I've never climbed in the Sierra! Obviously I need to change that. So inspiring Steph, thanks!

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Did I see that Dan and Sarah use those Ocun crack gloves?
yes. They convinced me to get a pair too when I got home. Difficult to find (mec used to carry them but out of tock at the moment). Planet granite in San Fran will ship them to you....

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Did I see that Dan and Sarah use those Ocun crack gloves?
Yep. Some say they are aid but in that sense i guess rock shoes are aid too. They definitely make jamming more fun. Dan/Sarah convinced me to get a pair too when I got home. Difficult to find (mec used to carry them but out of tock at the moment). Planet granite in San Fran will ship them to you....

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I need all the aid I can get! I've thought about getting some of these for a while, I think I will now. Thanks!

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