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[TR] High Sierra (Yosemite & Palisades) - multiple 6/15/2014

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Trip: High Sierra (Yosemite & Palisades) - multiple

 

Date: 6/15/2014

 

Trip Report:

A cc.com user posted this past year that soloing 5.6 was like jerking off with a noose around your neck. If that's the case, then this trip was a copious expression of my sick fetish.

 

Here is the itinerary with links to appropriate blog posts with pictures and details:

 

6/12 finish work

6/13 drive to Reno

6/14 drive to Yos and hike Mt. Hoffman to acclimatize (class 1-2, ~7 miles, 10,800ft)

6/15 climb Mt. Conness via the West Ridge (II 5.6), approach over North Peak Pass from Saddlebag Lake, see blog: Mountain Mischief

6/16 rest day, climb NW corner on Lembert Dome (2 pitches, 5.6)

6/17 Tenaya-Matthes-Cathedral Linkup: climb NW Butt (II 5.7) on Tenaya Pk, traverse Matthes Crest S-N (III 5.7), climb SE Butt on Cathedral Pk (II 5.6), see blog: MM

6/18 rest day in Mammoth Lakes

6/19 hike up North Fork of Big Pine Creek to Palisade Glacier

6/20 climb Mt. Sill via the Swiss Arete (II 5.7), see blog: MM

6/21 rest day in Reno

6/22 drive home

6/23 start grad school

 

Total: 6 routes, all 5.6 or 5.7, over 12,500 ft of climbing on 5th class or 3rd+ with you-fall-you-die consequence.

 

The biggest problem with the High Sierra is that everything is perfect for doing big days. You have easy approaches and descents, perfect weather, solid rock, lots of moderate terrain... but every time you look around the view is so awesome that you just stare at it for minutes. Then you get to the next ledge and you feel compelled to take yet another panorama with your camera. It makes it really difficult to cover all that awesome terrain at a reasonable pace. If you manage to spend less than 15 min per hour photographing its a frickin' miracle!

 

Gear Notes:

gear for anchors and rapping (110ft tag line), but never used it

 

Approach Notes:

Guide tennies, no pons (shoulda had em for the Palisades)... approaches are relatively simple, short, and easy in the Sierra.

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Dude, pretty sweet that you got route beta from Doug Robinson. :yoda:

 

Nice TR, wish that granite weren't so far away!

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"The biggest problem with the High Sierra is that everything is perfect for doing big days. You have easy approaches and descents, perfect weather, solid rock, lots of moderate terrain... but every time you look around the view is so awesome that you just stare at it for minutes. Then you get to the next ledge and you feel compelled to take yet another panorama with your camera. It makes it really difficult to cover all that awesome terrain at a reasonable pace. If you manage to spend less than 15 min per hour photographing its a frickin' miracle!"

 

WHERE'S THE PICS THEN? :)

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