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And so it begins…

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I’ve been waiting for that moment for a long time, and on Sunday it will finally happen: I will be in Yosemite Valley, the cradle of American climbing and home to walls of legend, including of course El Capitan. I’ll stay there until early November.

This is both a climbing and a photography trip. On the first front, our main objective is the most famous route in the world: the Nose. 31 pitches, 1000m, 3 to 4 days of a mixture of free and aid climbing (about 5.8 C2). But we’ll also do some smaller, grade V walls like the regular northwest face of Half Dome and the south face of Washington Column. I’d like to try some of the hard long free climbs, like Freeblast, Astroman, the Rostrum or the Steck-Salathe. And do some of the classic easier routes: Royal Arches, Central Pillar of Frenzy, Sons/Serenity, perhaps even Snake Dike.

On the photography side, I will be shooting for the American Alpine Club’s International Climbers Meet (the same one I attended in Indian Creek two years ago), which should include some famous climbers. And I will then pack at least one camera out of the four I am taking on any of the many climbs I plan on doing.

I have been told there is wifi in some places in Yosemite Village, so you can probably expect updates as I go, either here or on the social networks (check the links on the side).

My flight is 12 hours away, I am more or less packed (with more organization than usual, as the top photo should prove), so now it’s finally time to lean back, relax a bit and just enjoy this trip which I started planning more than a year ago!

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