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Climbing Road Trip!
June 2007

Red Rocks - Yosemite - Rocky Mtn NP

On May 31, 2007, I terminated my first attempt at cubicle life. So much for being the "up-and-coming-Stanford-graduate-star" at my civil engineering firm. The next day, I embarked with my friend Ross on a month-long climbing road trip with plans to climb several stellar routes in Red Rocks (Nevada), Yosemite (California), and Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado). What a trip!


Summary of What We Climbed

RED ROCKS

Trip Report #: 44

YOSEMITE/TUOLUMNE

Trip Report #: 45

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Trip Report #: 46

  • Dogma (p1-10 11c)
  • Epinephrine (15p IV 5.9)
  • Serenity Crack (3p 10d)
  • Gripper (2p 10b)
  • New Dimensions (4p 11a)
  • Central Pillar of Frenzy (5p 5.9)
  • Higher Cathedral Spire (5p 5.9)
  • Reid's Direct (3p 10a)
  • Steck-Salathe (15p V 10a)
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail (20p V 5.11)
  • Gold Wall (p1-5 5.10c A0)
  • Half Dome Reg NW Face (24p VI 5.10d C1)
  • Fairview Dome, Lucky Streaks (6p 5.10d)
  • Drug Dome, Oz (5p 5.10d)
  • Petit Grepon (8p 5.8)
  • Notchtop Mtn. (6p 5.9)



June 2007 Climbing Adventures
To access trip reports and photos from our month of climbing, click on the photos on the calendar below.

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1

Left Canada at 11am, picked up Ross in Seattle, and left Seattle at 4:30pm. Drove all night on our way to Red Rocks. We knew it would be too hot, but we were determined to climb.

2

After driving all night, we reached Las Vegas at 2pm. Red Rocks is right outside Vegas. It was too late to begin a climb, so we spent the evening in the sweltering crowded city, which was more than my lifetime fill of the Vegas zoo! I had brought along my telephoto lens, so took some bird photos. Click the above photo or this link to be directed to my webpage devoted to my bird photography.

3

Climbed 2/3 of DOGMA (15 pitches, 5.11c) on Mt. Wilson at Red Rocks before we bailed because of the heat.

4

Climbed EPINEPHRINE (15 pitches, 5.9) on Black Velvet Wall at Red Rocks. That evening, we drove 5 hours and pulled off on the side of HWY 395 just past Bishop to sleep.

5

Drove about 2 more hours to Yosemite and climbed SERENITY CRACK (3 pitches, 5.10d) before it started to rain and spent the afternoon figuring out how to connect to the wireless at the Yosemite Lodge.

6

Climbed GRIPPER (3 pitches, 5.10b) and NEW DIMENTIONS (4 pitches, 5.11a) on Arch Rock. It was cold and windy!

7

Climbed CENTRAL PILLAR OF FRENZY (5 pitches, 5.9) on Middle Cathedral Rock, HIGHER CATHEDRAL SPIRE REGULAR ROUTE (5 pitches, 5.9), and REED’S DIRECT (3 pitches, 5.10a) on Reed’s Pinnacle.

8

Climbed STECK-SALATHE on The Sentinel (15 pitches, 5.10b).

9

Took a day off to enjoy the sun, bathe in a creek, and take bird photos.

10

Climbed HO CHI MINH TRAIL (20 pitches, 10c) on the north buttress of Middle Cathedral Rock. The route was fun, but we had quite the epic rappel descent….

11

Another rest day…..

12

Aborted attempt on GOLD WALL (climbed 5 out of 11 pitches, 5.10c C2).

13

Another day off to rest ourselves for Half Dome. So I took more bird photos….

14

At 2pm, we headed up to bivy at the base of the NW face of Half Dome.

15

Climbed the REGULAR NW FACE OF HALFDOME (24 pitches, 5.12 or 5.9 C1).

16

Rest day. In the evening, we drove up to camp at Tuolumne.

17

Climbed LUCKY STREAKS (6 pitches, 5.10b) on Fairview Dome and OZ (5 pitches, 5.10d) on Drug Dome. I spent the night taking star photos.

18

We didn't climb anything this day. Ross met with his friend Eric to go climb THE INCREDIBLE HULK in the Sawtooth Range of the Sierras (California) the next day. I relaxed in Tuolumne, and ended up in Reno that night (that's another story...).

19

Ross and Eric climbed The Incredible Hulk (an amazing climb, according to them), while I continued to endure the Reno heat...(I managed to find a bunch of birds to take photos of though – Click the above photo or this link to be directed to my webpage devoted to my bird photography.

20

I met up with Ross in Lee Vining (just east of Tioga Pass) and we began driving to Colorado, where we would stay near Rocky Mountain National Park (in Lyons) at the house of Ross’s friend Lizzy. I drove by Mono Lake on my way to Lee Vining and got some more photos, of course. Click the above photo or this link to be directed to my webpage devoted to my "other cool photos" photography.

21

We continued our drive through the night, and arrived at Lyons at around 6am. We spent the day chilling out and tubing in a river.

22

While Ross and Lizzy hung out and cragged a bit, I spent the day in Rocky Mountain National Park. I hiked to the top of FLATTOP MOUNTAIN (where I got caught in a wild hail and lightening storm) and then spent the night in a meadow taking star photos. (My favorite photos from the park are posted in the various nature photography categories that can be accessed at the top or bottom of this page).

23

While Ross and Lizzy hung out, I spent another day in Rocky Mountain National Park chilling out and taking bird photos. Click the above photo or this link to be directed to my webpage devoted to my bird photography.

24

While Ross and Lizzy hung out, I spent another day in Rocky Mountain National Park hiking up to get a view of the Petit Grepon (which I planned to climb the next day). I met with Lizzy’s friend Steve to coordinate our climb the next day. Click the above photo or this link to be directed to my webpage devoted to my mountain photography.

25

While Ross and Lizzy hung out, I climbed the SOUTH FACE OF THE PETIT GREPON (8 pitches, 5.8) with a cool dude from Estes Park named Steve. The Petit Grepon in Rocky Mountain National Park is one of Steck and Roper’s Fifty Classic Climbs, and I would agree! We had a great time!

26

While Ross and Lizzy climbed the BLACK DAGGER ON THE DIAMOND, I climbed the SOUTH RIDGE OF NOTCHTOP MOUNTAIN (6 pitches, 5.9) with another cool dude from Estes Park named Mark (one of Steve’s friends – seems that everybody knows everybody here….). It was another great alpine route in the park!

27

Ross and I left Lyons at 12pm, and began our long drive back home. Bug splat count: 1,000,0000.

28

We continued our drive through the night, and arrived at Ross’s place in Seattle at around 12pm. I was feeling photo-deprived and still had a couple of days of June left, so I decided to drive over to Reifel Bird Sanctuary (near Tsawwassen, BC) and spend the next day there. Click the above photo or this link to be directed to my webpage devoted to my "other cool photos" photography.

29

I woke up pretty late and it was kind of raining (welcome to BC!), but I got several good bird photos at Reifel Bird Sanctuary anyway. Click the above photo or here to be directed to my page devoted to my bird photography.

30

I slept in, unpacked, and began packing for my next adventure: a traverse of the Valhallas, Mt. Olympus, Bailey Range, and High Divide in the Olympic Mountains of Washington!

* Also see Ross’s post on Cascade Climbers.com for more photos and commentary from our trip.


Map of Travels

Our climbing road trip brought us from just north of the Canadian border to Red Rocks (NV) to Yosemite (CA) to Rocky Mountain National Park (CO), and back home again. During the course of the trip, my car drove 8,800 km (5,500 miles).


Data Analysis – Feet Climbed, Distance Traveled, Gas Expenditure, Photos Taken

During the course of the trip, we traveled 8854 km (5500 miles), spent $750 on gas (average price per gallon was $3.31), and climbed 14,150 ft (although Ross climbed a bit more).

During the course of the trip, I took 1681 photos (573 of these were while we were climbing, 1108 of them were of birds, bugs, flowers, animals, mountains, night photography, etc.)



Booty!

Over a month of climbing, we collected several biners and nuts and even a couple of cams. (Although on the flip side, we left a 60m 9.2mm rope and several slings and biners on our climb of Ho Chi Minh Trail in Yosemite, and we had a 6mm rap line get stuck on Half Dome. But a small price to pay for some stellar climbing!)


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