This is a rock climbing trip where the goal will be to climb several long (500’ – 1,000’) trad routes in Tuolumne Meadows, ranging in difficulty from 5.5 to 5.9. I am looking primarily at Stately Pleasure Dome and Fairview Dome. The approaches are short, so the climbs are all one-day climbs. I will decide on the routes based on the skill level of the participants, and I want participants to climb with us at least one day in the Whites before the trip so that I can gauge people’s skills.
Leader: Laura Alexander
Co-Leader: Jon Sykes
Number of participants: We will have 3 rope team leaders and we can take 2 participants on each of our ropes. Total number on the trip = 9
Participant qualification: Participants must be proficient at climbing multi-pitch routes rated 5.6, comfortable rapelling, and be experienced belayer for lead climbers. Must bring their own harness, helmet, shoes, belay device, 4 locking carabiners, 4’ runner, 2’ runner, 7mm prussik.
Possible routes (not a complete list):
Stately Pleasure Dome –
- West Country: 5.7, 4 pitches, 400’ 3 stars
- Great White Book: 5.6R, 5 pitches, 450’, 3 stars
- South Crack, 5.8R, 6 pitches, 600’, 3.5 stars
Fairview Dome –
- Fairly Easy: 5.5R, 3 pitches, 600’, 3 stars
- Regular Route: 5.9, 12 pitches, 1,000’, 3.5 stars
Flights – Participants will need to arrange to fly to and from San Francisco, CA on August 5th – 12th.
Lodging – we’ll stay at a hotel near the airport to rendezvous on the evening of the 5th and the 11th. We’ll camp, either in Yosemite or in the desert at a free spot. Reservations usually go in about 20 minutes after blocks are released, so we may or may not get into a campground, but there are places to camp further away – since we are doing 1-day climbs, it will be easy to drive in for the day. If we do get into the campground, it will increase the trip cost by $52/night plus the club fee ($260 plus fee).
Ground transportation – a 12 or 15 passenger van
Permits – none required, but we need to buy a National Park pass for the week (1 per vehicle).
We will need to buy water and stove fuel, and participants should bring their own food.