Doug & Jacquie's Summer 2004 Road Trip

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Yosemite Valley Favorite Climbs (Days 22-25 & 36-37)

#1 El Cap, SE Buttress 13 Pitches upto 5.10b

Lots of stellar moderate climbing with some classic Yosemite "5.9" problems. Fun cracks, chimneys, stemming, face climbing and aretes. The actual 10b crux is short lived and has a clean fall right off the belay.




The excitement of climbing El Cap and the position of the climb are stellar as the valley steadily drops away from you. For the descent we opted for the slab climb to the summit proper, followed by the 8 mile return hike via upper Yosemite falls. We appreciated the beutiful alpine flowers and views once we found a little stream to get water from. 8 hours of climbing and 5 hours of approach / descent.....what a great day.

#2 Royal Arches (15 pitches to 5.7) to Crest Jewel (9 pitches to 5.10a)

Route Finding on Crest Jewel (aka. spot the next bolt). Amazing, sometimes tentative slab climbing in the most amazing setting, with great exposure, views of the valley and lots of air beneath your bum and between the bolts.



Jacquie on Crest Jewel with the lower slopes of half dome in the background. Royal Arches is not much to write home about as a climb on it's own, but if you think of it as the approach, it's pretty cool.

#3 Snake Dyke on Half Dome, 7 pitches to 5.7ish

Snake Dyke is just a really great outing. the climbing is endless slab climbing/walking in a beutiful setting, with amazing views of the valley.



The approach and descent are beautiful with the waterfalls of the mist trail a true highlight.

The tourist cables down the other side of half dome are truly wild and a real adventure for non climbers (very cool to see something so outrageous in the litigous society of the US).


View of Half Dome from the top of Crest Jewel. Snake Dyke route takes the right hand skyline. Tourist cables descend out of sight beyond the left hand skyline.

Other Climbs We Enjoyed:

  • Moby Dick Left Side (5.10a 2 pitches)
  • Outer Limits (5.10c 2 pitches)
  • Nut Cracker (5.9 3 pitches)




El Cap Handstand after climbing Moby Dick.


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