Spring in the Sierra

With spring came great Yosemite Valley climbing weather, but also my last (and most difficult) quarter at UC Davis. Somehow, I managed to pull off going to the Sierra Nevada four times to do some trad climbing, but with my 21 unit load I never found the time to actually do all of the blogging I wanted to about these trips. With so much time past since these trips, I have decided to make this a “photo blog”, which I figure will be appreciated by my number one blog reader- my mom.  Here then, are the adventures…

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Following on Superslide (5.9) in the Royal Arches area

Following on Superslide (5.9) in the Royal Arches area

Following on Superslide (5.9) in the Royal Arches area

Following on Superslide (5.9) in the Royal Arches area

Getting ready to go try Pine Line

Getting ready to go try Pine Line

On Pine Line (5.7) my first trad lead, with El Cap looming in the background..

On Pine Line (5.7) my first trad lead, with El Cap looming in the background..

On Pine Line (5.7) my first trad lead, with El Cap looming in the background..

On Pine Line (5.7) my first trad lead, with El Cap looming in the background..

Valley panorama by Bojan Silic

Valley panorama by Bojan Silic

Deer grazing in front of Middle Cathedral

Deer grazing in front of Middle Cathedral

Me at the top of the first pitch of After Six on Manure Pile Buttress (5.7)

Me at the top of the first pitch of After Six on Manure Pile Buttress (5.7)

By Bojan Silic

By Bojan Silic

 

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On top of Swan Slab with Half Dome in the background. This was during out second trip, on April 18, 2014. Photo by Bojan Silic

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Following Higher Cathedral Spire Regular Route. Photo by Bojan Silic

Celebrating our summit with a much deserved lunch of suho mess (Bosnian dried beef)

Bojan and I celebrating our summit with a much deserved lunch of suho mess (Bosnian dried beef). I don’t normally eat beef, but when I do… 🙂

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El Capitan as seen from the top of Higher Cathedral Spire. Photo by Bojan Silic

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On top of Higher Cathedral Spire

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Colleen relaxing at a nice belay ledge on After Six, on Manure Pile Buttress

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Bojan crushing Energizer (11b) near the Church Bowl. (I snuck in some sport climbing, even at the Valley)

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What trip is complete without some good old fashioned birding

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Half Dome, as seen from some belay ledge on After Six

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Granite Basin

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Bojan following on Pitch 1 of Hairraiser Buttress on Granite Basin

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At the top of Hairraiser Buttress, a 3 pitch 5.9 slab climb on the Granite Spire. Absolute gem.

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Another view of Granite Basin

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Mono Lake Tufas

Mono Lake South Tufas

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After finishing Hermaphodite Flake to the Boltway

After finishing Hermaphodite Flake to the Boltway in Tuolumne on Statley Pleasure Dome

On top of Lembert Dome

On top of Lembert Dome, after doing Northerwest Books

2 comments
  1. lizandlifestyle said:

    This looks terrifying but really exciting! If you could promise me I wouldn’t fall and die I might actually do it!
    -Liz

  2. Andrew said:

    love the pics! A good reminder to myself to take photos from time to time. Ice climbing 2014!

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