Tuolumne Meadows rock climbing trip – August 10 – 18, 2019
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. We are looking primarily at Stately Pleasure Dome and Fairview Dome. The approaches are short, so the climbs are all one-day climbs. We will decide on the routes based on the skill level of the participants, and we want participants to climb with us at least one day in the Whites before the trip so that we can gauge participant’s skills.
Leader: Laura Sykes
Co-Leader: Jon Sykes
Number of participants: We will have 3 rope team leaders (me, Jon, and we’ll choose another qualified leader from our participants) 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 an experienced belayer for lead climbers. Must bring their own harness, helmet, shoes, belay device, 4 locking carabiners, 4’ runner, 2’ runner, 7mm prussik.
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 10 th and anytime after the 17 th .
Lodging – we’ll stay at a hotel near the airport to rendezvous on the evening of the 10 th and the 17 th . We’ll camp, either in Yosemite or in the desert at a free spot. Reservations usually go 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.
We need (3) 60m double ropes that the club should purchase. We have been moving to more rock climbing trips in the past couple of years, and we have leaders interested in offering those types of trips. Leaders use their own trad gear, and that is appropriate, as leaders are usually not comfortable using gear if they don’t know its history, but the club should supply the ropes, like we do glacier travel ropes.
Ground costs are $200 for the co-leader and $400 for trip participants based on a total of 9 people. Leader’s airfare ($400) is included in the budget.