Climbing Snake Dike in Yosemite

snake dike Click on the link to see the climb!

In October I made the decision to climb a 5.7 route up Half Dome called Snake Dike. It is an 8 pitch climb with a final hike up to the top of Half Dome and it is estimated to take about 4 hours to hike up to, 4 to climb, and another 4 to hike out.  We started out by waking up at 2:30 am and leaving by 3:30 to start hiking up, My Dad, our friend Brett and my Mom all started the hike, but my Mom turned around after a few hours so she could take care of the dogs in our van. She carried extra food and water and my pack to Nevada Falls and then my dad carried my pack. We got a little lost on our hike and didn't get to the base of the climb until 10 am, and there were 8 people getting ready to climb it ahead of us! We managed to finally get on the rock at 12 and started climbing. It took a long time because we kept catching up to the climbers ahead of us and having to wait until they cleared the route, but the views were incredible!  We didn't get to the top of Half Dome until about 7"30 pm and took a break to take our harnesses off and eat a little food. Dad called Mom and she started hiking up again with extra water and sleeping bags just in case we bonked on the way down. I have to admit I was pretty tired and Dad actually carried me for about an hour on the hike down. We met up with Mom at about 11:30 pm and still had to hike down Vernal Falls. We didn't get back to camp until 1 am and Mom made some lentil soup and then we all crashed!  We woke up the next morning at about 8 and were refreshed and happy, but we had to pack up camp and leave. It was a great experience and I can't wait to go back! While in Yosemite, I also saw a bear, a bobcat and a California King Snake. I also got to meet one of the worlds greatest climbers- Ron Kauk! I watched a movie he was in and bought his book and he signed it for me and told me to email him so we could climb. It was super cool!

Climbing in Clark's Canyon by Mammoth

Sage on 70 meter climb.  

I spent the last few days in one of my favorite sport climbing area, Clark's Canyon by Mammoth, Ca.  We met our friends Cullen and Melissa Jones and their 3 week old baby boy Cavery for a great day of climbing.  My favorite climb was "No More Mr. Nice Guys." It was a 5.8 70 meter climb that I could be lowered off, but my Dad had to rappel to a second set of bolts to lower himself all the way down.  It was a lot of fun hanging out in the shady rocks and climbing the mostly short routes. It was also super cool our friends brought their little baby out to enjoy the air while they took turns climbing.  I can't wait to go again!

Perfect weekend, kayaking the American and Climbing at Phantom Spires

Climbing at Phantom Spires

Climbing at Phantom Spires

I had a perfect weekend!  I spent Saturday kayaking Chili Bar on the American and had a blast surfing Maya, then on Sunday I spent the day climbing at Phantom Spires by Kyburz, Ca.  I love this area because the hike in is short and the climbing is great.  I climbed my favorite lie back and Mom and Dad played a lot on a 5.10b crack.  We also had a lot of inter-action with a rattle snake that was sunning itself along our route.  I named him fatty because he was the fattest snake I've ever seen!

Climbing in Yosemite

This weekend I went rock climbing with my family in Yosemite Valley.  There were a lot of people in our group, but only a few climbers.  I climbed my favorite route, Munginella, a 5.6, and Sunnyside Bench, both multi-pitch climbs, as well as several Swan Slab routes including Claude's Delight, a 5.7.  This is now one of my favorite route. While we were climbing on Sunnyside Bench, we heard a rockslide and could see the dust by Curry Village.  It was really loud.  We found out no one was hurt, but the next morning while we were still in bed, we heard another rockslide and my Dad got up and rode his bike over to Curry Village to see if our friends were ok, they had mentioned they were going to take a shower early in the morning.  They were in the showers when the slide happened, and when rocks and broken trees hit the showers, they all ran out.  A few people were hit by small rocks and injured, including one kid with blood all over his head, but it was just a cut.  Several tents and cabins were destroyed by the rockslide.  The next day it was very cold and even snowed on the valley floor.  We had to leave the next day, and drive the long way because Tioga Pass was closed.  It was really icy by Kirkwood and there was one car accident there, but we got home safe so we could go to the diabetes walk on Sunday.