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Meadow in the Sky – A Tour of the Tuolumne Meadows bouldering by Walker Emerson

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Jun 252015
 
Meadow in the Sky - A Tour of the Tuolumne Meadows bouldering by Walker Emerson

When I first thumbed through the new bouldering guide book for Tuolumne Meadows, I thought to myself, “Theres no good bouldering in Tuolumne.” But I was dead wrong. Spoiled by the glitz and glamor that are common amongst guide books today, I first missed the essential features that make this book exceptional. It’s not flashy, but Read more…

Get Your Kicks on the Crucifix: by Walker Emerson

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Jun 112015
 
Get Your Kicks on the Crucifix: by Walker Emerson

The Crucifix viewed from the ground on a hot summer day. Photo by Walker Emerson   The Crucifix is a beautiful line that ascends Higher Cathedral in Yosemite Valley. The route follows a series of cracks with a prominent horizontal feature at two thirds that forms a cross. Endless wide cracks split colorful clean rock, and Read more…

Trip Report: Smith Rock Spring Thing! by Erin Monahan

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Jun 092015
 
Trip Report: Smith Rock Spring Thing! by Erin Monahan

I peeled open the tent at 6am. Inhaling juniper rich air, my eyes widened at the sight of the Crooked River snaking through Smith Rock State Park. Considering the view, my mind went back to countless journeys weaving through tuff and basalt, two encounters with the Monkey Face, and one cold, September night that had Read more…

Seven Solutions to Fast Track Success : Traditional Climbing’s Big Come-Back by Walker Emerson

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Mar 252015
 
Seven Solutions to Fast Track Success :   Traditional Climbing's Big Come-Back by Walker Emerson

Lucho Rivera 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor, jugs out the final pitch of the Muir on El Capitan, after a long day. There is nothing I can say that will fast track you to climbing El Cap this season. I hate to give the game away right here at the beginning, but nothing Read more…

From cams to camping: Protecting the cracks at Indian Creek

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Mar 022015
 
From cams to camping:  Protecting the cracks at Indian Creek

One more number three camalot dangles from my harness. I look down at the previous blue cam 15 feet below; I then look up: two smooth parallel walls inches apart lay ahead of me, like a road stretching out into the desert. The chains glint in the sun 40 feet above my head. I have Read more…

Feb 022015
 
The Finish Line -  Post by Setter Max Zolotukhin

  I’ve recently come to a sobering realization. I will never be as strong as I was in late fall of 2013. And I’m okay with that. It might seem like a strangely pessimistic outlook on one’s climbing career, but actually it’s just reality. I’m 28 years old and have been rock climbing 5-7 days Read more…