Joshua Tree Fall 2013

Being a new member and having a great time on previous CCC weekend trips, I was looking forward to the Fall Joshua Tree trip. We had a great week with warm sunny days, cool nights and a lot of climbing. Mark, Lea and I met up with Paul and Bas climbed on Sunday at Intersection Rock.  Collectively, we climbed:
Overhanging Bypass 5.7
Toe Jam 5.7
Secovar 5.5
The Water Chute 5.10b
Mikes Books 5.6

Chris on Lead

Monday we met up with Fiona, Nola, Chris and Carol. We set sail for a 3 hour tour at an area called Gilligan’s Island. Collectively, we climbed:
Guns for Nuns 5.10a
Gun for the Sun 5.9
As the Wind Blows 5.7
Ape Man Hop 5.10a
Route 66 5.4
Hit it Ethel 5.8
Lovey (aka Whale of a Time) 5.8
Teddy 5.9

Yosemite Report Oct 26 & 27

Late October in Yosemite Valley - ahhhhh. The crowds are gone, leaves are golden yellow, a fresh layer of pine needles cover the ground, and the granite is still warm – awesome!
Cross at the start of Higher Cathedral Spire
We had a great turnout – 19 people - a nice mix of old timers and new faces. Chris, Mark, Aaron and Tim did Higher Cathedral Spire – congrats on a job well done – pretty ambitious for this late in the year!

Neal, Ling, Matt, Jen, Mike, Claire, Jim and myself went to Five Open Books, ticking off The Caverns, Try Again Ledge, Hanging Tooth, and the Mung. Claire got some great pics of a slack liner above Yosemite Falls. Carolina and Elise went to Church Bowl sending Bishops Terrance, CB Lieback, and more.

We had a nice campfire Saturday night after hatching some fun at Curry Village…

Goverment closure brings out Phantoms

Phantom Spires Silhouette

We had a great trip to Phantom Spires.  Attending were Aaron and Kay, Tim , Seldom Seen Chris D., Mark, Ling, and new guys Chris S.and Todd.   We camped at the east end of the Leap, a first for all of us, and it worked out well. 

Shuteye Ridge Adventure!

With the Rim Fire still going strong, and hoping to avoid a smokey weekend in the Meadows like the one we experienced over Labor Day weekend, the club called an audible and headed to Shuteye Ridge. Personally, I’ve been ogling over this location for years but a lack of either published or internet information made the endeavor too complicated. Enter the new Shuteye Guidebook from Wolverine Publishing! Thanks Grahm Doe!

Shuteye is a ridgeline of highly featured cliffs and domes sprinkled along the Southern Yosemite border. Known for its runnels, water chutes, and chickenheads, the rock is a cross between Joshua Tree, Yosmite, and Red Rocks. Oh-yea. It’s that good. 

Valley Trip Report 4/27-28

Sean and Aaron

Ah, to be in the Valley in late April under sunny skies with the Dogwoods a-bloom and the waterfalls a-pounding.

Tablescraps Trip Report

Tablescraps at Mt. St. Helena

“I’m in the parking lot.”

“We’re in the parking lot too, but I think we’re two towns over.”

Thus began our first outdoor rock climbing trip of the season....

Round Top Trip report

The weekend went well with only the minor mishap of Tim and I missing a trail turn off.  Mark, Tim and I camped in the woods Saturday night, where we would be sheltered from the wind.  Sunday, Tim and I skied to North Peak with the intention to climb the Crescent Moon Couloir. 

Round Top

The couloir was in condition but unfortunately Mike was not, we dropped our skis and extra gear when we elected to climb the West Ridge instead.  The West Ridge is an enjoyable climb with one steep snow section.  We summitted around 10:30 AM - in our rather clumsy ranndonee ski boots.  The decent is fun, once you can start glissading.  Contrary to Tim's video of me doing a very slow glissade, the upper part gets up some good speed.  We picked up our skis and headed out.

2013 Ouray Ice Festival

South Park Area

The 2013 Ouray Ice Festival was January 11-13.  This was my first time to Ouray and the festival.  Having only limited ice experience (I've climbed at Lee Vining and June Lake),  Ouray was amazing with its short approach to hundreds of routes and great ice.  Getting to Ouray can be a bit expensive but well worth the cost.

For those not familiar with Ouray, it is a small town in Colorado that proclaims itself the Switzerland of America.  Ouray has natural water ice in the area, and several years back they started putting sprinklers at the top of the Uncompahgre Gorge.  That soon turned into the first ice climbing park and now, the Ice Festival is world famous.

Tuolumne 8/31-9/3 Trip Report

Fall has come to the mountains.  The afternoon thundershowers of last month are gone. The days are clear, bright and warm.  The nights chilly. (Ice formed  in Lea's Camel back left out on the bear box.)  The trip was a great success, with the unusual feature of a rotating cast of climbers.  Some people came up early and climbed Fri and Saturday, some climbed Saturday and Sunday then beat the traffic by going home. And a few climbed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Dozier Dome was again popular, as was Stately Pleasure Dome, and a few ventured onto the thin faces of the South Flank of Daff (such as Hogwash, 10c.)  Campfires were great with important conversations about safety, as well as general conversations about life.

Tuolumne Mdws/Tioga Pass Trip Report

Group at Dozier DomeThe CCC had two related trips this past week. We started with a weekend in Tuolumne Meadows, with a group campsite.  For a weekend in Tuolumne at the height of its season, we had light attendance, only 12 people. The weather was perfect and people ran off to do many of the "normal" routes on Stately Pleasure and Pywiak, plus an ambitious few attempted long routes like Mathes Crest.

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