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Trip Report

DL Bliss Trip Report

We made it to Eagle Lake Buttress and ticked the East ridge. Chris powered through the iffy 5.8 alt start and KK and I each did a short pitch. Great views of Velma Lakes at lunch from the summit. Mark, Chris Kang and Matt Adler flamed out their forearms on 90 ft wall. Sunday kayaked at Echo Lake for a change of pace. 

DL Bliss is a beautiful campground on Emerald Bay in the heart of Tahoe’s best scenery and even has a couple of boulders prized by locals. 

Lover's Leap June 11-12

We had a great mix of new folks, old timers, rope guns, and hang doggers at the Leap trip!
Kelly and Vicki did Psychedelic Tree 5.9 and Bears Reach 5.7. Chicago rope gun Nick onsited Power Lust 11a, Kathy took Martin on his first multi-pitch trad routes, Michael and I did April Fools 5.9 with the Anesthesia 5.8 approach pitch. 

Yosemite Trip Report - Memorial Day

Nice to see everyone in the Valley this weekend! We had 24 people in our spacious campsites, and as always there was a great mix of old timers, newbies, climbers, hikers, and even a few big wall people! Stephan, Conner, and Ysbrand warm up the weekend Friday with a run up Royal Aches 5.7 A0 as a party of three. 15 pitches, 11 raps, 10 hours car to car – nice work boys! You get to huddle in your space blankets another night!
View from Mr Natural

Indian Creek Trip Report

I’d never been to Indian Creek, so when I heard about Aaron’s self-organized trip, I jumped at the opportunity. I had visions of desert solitude, classic crack climbing, and basking in warm spring sunshine – so why is there a quarter inch of ice on my tent??
Tim climbing
Indian Creek is one of the best crack climbing anywhere. It’s located about an hour south of Moab, outside of Canyonlands National Park. I'm looking forward to my return trip. Here’s what I learned:

Little Yosemite Valley in March

Chris O., Mike P. and I made another backpacking trip to Little Yosemite Valley this weekend (last one was in January) to enjoy the spring conditions. We made it to LYV Friday afternoon and set up in the facing afternoon sun. Saturday we followed the trail up the Merced River to Echo Valley, which is within a couple of miles of Merced Lake, a beautiful hike I would recommend to anybody. Many impressive domes line the river, and your eye can't help looking for possible lines as you pass by. Behind them, peaks with snow clinging to impossibly steep faces showed just how wet the snows were this year.

Snowcamping Trip - Feb 18

Our group consisted of Mike P., Bruce G., Mylene M., newby Carolina B. and me. Our original plan was to ski out of Kingvale on Highway 80 up towards the Loch Leven Lakes, to explore the area I backpacked to in Dec. 2012. But with rain predicted, and after much hand-wringing, we cancelled the overnight and the low elevation tour and opted for two days of day touring out of Tragedy Springs, at 8,000' on Highway 88, where we've done many successful trips before.

Little Yosemite Valley in January

In lieu of snow camping, Mike P., Ryan H. and I backpacked to Little Yosemite Valley this weekend for some day hiking adventures. We drove up Sat morning, backpacked up to LYV and set up in the dark. (Took about 4 hours from the Valley w 40 pound packs and a slow steady pace.) Sunday we picked up a stray fellow camper and did a cross-country hike to Moraine Dome and then further east to open domes across from Bunnell Point for a day of breath-taking views. In the evening we hung out at one of the communal fire pits with a couple of climbers we met the night before. They had left camp at 5 :00 in the morning, did Half Dome via the cables and then Clouds Rest and returned to camp by 2:00, for a total of 9 hours, including a couple of hours of summit relaxation. They said they didn't rush or worry about trying to do it fast, just wanted to have a good time.

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. 


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