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Trip Report – Facelift 2014

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Nov 032014
 
Trip Report - Facelift 2014

*Trip report written by PG Managers Cris Valerio and Eliot Carlsen.* THE YOSEMITE FACELIFT 2014 For almost a decade now, climbers and Yosemite National Park staff have joined forces for one of the most unique public-service events held worldwide – The Yosemite Facelift.  For one week in September, the park provides programming, prime camping spots, Read more…

Steck Salathe – Squeezing in Another Classic

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Oct 212014
 
Steck Salathe - Squeezing in Another Classic

Squeezing in Another Classic A Route Description of the Steck Salathe by Walker Emerson  — (A WORD OF CAUTION: Before you embark on this adventure, please do your research! Review both online sources and printed guidebooks. This route is notoriously challenging and should not be taken lightly. Be both confident and comfortable climbing 5.10 cracks Read more…

Six Days on El Cap – An Interview with Sam Elias

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Oct 012014
 
Six Days on El Cap - An Interview with Sam Elias

An Interview with Sam Elias by Walker Emerson JUNE 25th 2014: Sam and Mike shiver on a small rock ledge two thousand feet above the ground. They huddle around a small single burner stove for warmth. Burning their precious fuel, they pray the storm breaks before they run out of supplies or freeze to death. Read more…

My Ascent into a Life of Climbing – by Jack

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Sep 252014
 
My Ascent into a Life of Climbing - by Jack

(Apparently when Sports Illustrated asked the infamous author Hunter S. Thomson to cover motorcycle races in Las Vegas for a 500-word article, he returned with a 25 page meandering manuscript that would eventually become his iconic novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I shall try my best not to do that here.) I was Read more…

Back by Noon – The Full Northeast Ridge of Lyell by Evan Pearce

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Sep 232014
 
Back by Noon - The Full Northeast Ridge of Lyell by Evan Pearce

Full Northeast Ridge of Lyell (from Donahue Pass) – a trip report by PG Lead Supervisor and Coach, Evan Pearce. 4:50am:  “Good thing we set two alarms…”  The first alarm failed to go off, but the second got us up and moving.  Unfortunately the sky did not look as friendly as it had in the Read more…

Flight of the Falcon – by Walker Emerson

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Aug 272014
 
Flight of the Falcon - by Walker Emerson

  Walker Emerson is an avid outdoor climber, PG routesetter and monthly contributor to the Planet Granite blog. Last week I got attacked by a peregrine falcon. Cowering on a small ledge a thousand feet in the air. The bird flew straight at us, its talons and wings outstretched, moving with incredible speed. A long day Read more…