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Leap Trip Report June 9-10

For Real CrackWe had a good turnout at the Leap, with 14 people.  Conditions were great, with familiar route names on the tick list.  The planets were cruel to the Pauls, however.  Paul Stucky forgot to bring his warm clothes, and he and Mark I had to turn around in Placerville and go back to Paul's place in Davis to get the stuff.  On the up side, they got to explore a new 5.9 route on Dear John Buttress that's shown in Supertopo.  I forgot my tent poles and only averted marital meltdown by pressing into service one of the backbacking tents I brought to secure sites--otherwise I might still be up there today!

Chris O, Mark P and I had a micro-epic on For Real Crack (just to the right of Surrealistic Pillar), taking 5 hours to do the 2 pitches on this 5.7 (but really 5.8) adventure-type climb.  Chris lead the first pitch and succumbed to rope drag before reaching the belay ledge, setting up an uncomfortable anchor part way up.  Chris, you are going to get some real trad slings, right?  Mark P took a follower fall, bashing his elbow and scraping some skin off his fingers and palms on a cheese grater dike.  After some deep breathing and judicious application of tape, he recovered like a champ and continued up.  Sunday, Mark headed to East Wall with the new, gorgeously slenderized Fiona, now recovered from injuries, to test their mettle on Pop Bottle.  

Horsetail FallsSaturday, Chris and I hiked to the top of Horsetail Falls, and then to the top of Ralston Peak for breathtaking views of Desolation Wilderness and the Chrystal Range.  We then bushwacked down the brush-choked east slope of Pyramid Creek to explore its distant spires and cirques, collecting many manzanita love bites on the way down.  Very satisfying.