2015 Yosemite Rock trip

As promised a video edit of what I have shot in the whole season in Yosemite in 2015!

The best thing I have done this year. Guided my mum up Sentinel Dome!
The best thing I have done this year. Guided my mum up Sentinel Dome!

Our third Yosemite Rock Trip since 2013, lots have changed since the first trip and we are still looking for more ways to make the trips more enjoyable and fun for our participants. Constantly looking for new itineraries to suit individuals, I’m glad every season is getting better and better. It will not be possible without your support and I want to thank everyone who have come for our trips and have faith in us to take you out here to hang out on the rocks.

Rene on top of Snake Dike with Kelly doing her first solo guide on the route.
Rene on top of Snake Dike with Kelly doing her first solo guide on the route.
Happy man up Mount Watkins after 4 days of hard work
Happy man up Mount Watkins after 4 days of hard work

2015 Yosemite Rock saw our first grade V big wall guided ascent in Yosemite with Rene from Holland on Mount Watkins. The initial plan to climb Half Dome via the Regular North West Route was foiled after some big ass rock fall occurred from the visor after which the whole pitch came off! I decided I was too young to die and make other plans to climb Mount Watkins which was equally good if not better than the Regular North West Route.

Get a cold shower before the 4 days of sufferfest
Get a cold shower before the 4 days of sufferfest
Rene on Sheraton Watkins early afternoon after a super shag and fast paced day
Rene on Sheraton Watkins early afternoon after a super shag and fast paced day
Summit time!
Summit time!

We also have our first female big wall participant! Essentially other than Kelly, no other women in Singapore have made it up a big wall. Super Siok is the second and after spending about 10 days in the Valley we decided she is ready to go crush some big walls! A power packed 10 days itinerary sees them climbing some famous routes like the Snake Dike on Half Dome, a 8 pitch mega classic, South Face on Washington Column with Super Siok jugging only 3 pitches on this route.

Super Siok on Stone Groove
Super Siok on Stone Groove
The way we stretch while Siok Ming ignores us and continues with her photo fest
The way we stretch while Siok Ming ignores us and continues with her photo fest
Siok and Harshil on the way up to the summit of Half Dome!
Siok and Harshil on the way up to the summit of Half Dome!

Kelly and I barely had any time to hang out and do some climbing, but whenever we have a break we will dash onto the walls and get some done! Being all tired and worn out from the whole month of guiding, we decided to head up Lurking Fear on El Cap when a heat wave was coming. Thinking that Singaporeans are never too afraid of the heat, we were wrong and got burned off the wall from high temperatures, leaking water bottles, broken haul bag and a seared haul line. Bummer but it also serves as a reminder that I do get tired sometimes and its only wise to retreat when all goes against you.

The hard work before the fun.. hiking our loads
The hard work before the fun.. hiking our loads
First time bringing a portaledge up the Captain
First time bringing a portaledge up the Captain
The granite bites back and tore through my haul bag and bottle
The granite bites back and tore through my haul bag and bottle
The static rope got seared!
The static rope got seared!

We also put together a Singapore Taiwanese team to work on Separate Reality. A mega classic roof crack and made famous when Wolfgang Gullich soloed the route! I promptly recruited 5.14 climber Xiao Pao from Taiwan who lives in LA to get on this project with me. Both of us have not climbed a roof crack before and when we found the route (which by the way was the crux), both of us were amazed and at the same time intimated by it. I got pushed up as the rope gun and set off to get the gears up on the route. The jams were pretty pumpy and the constant tension on the hips and back in order to keep the feet in the crack was burning my core. Soon enough I was out of the crack and out of gas at the tight hands crux. A few burns on the route and I knew I have to get some specific training on before jumping back on the route.

Xiao Pao on Separate Reality. He pulled off some moves that I can only imagine..
Xiao Pao on Separate Reality. He pulled off some moves that I can only imagine..
Thats me on Separate Reality! Will be back to get it!
Thats me on Separate Reality! Will be back to get it!

The most notable climb was the North Face of Rostrum. Leading all pitches and on sighting the first 4 pitches was my super proud moment in my climbing career in Yosemite. However the top 3 pitches proves to be the real crux for me as I humped and bitch my way up the OW pitches and pitch 7. It was a important climb because when I started out climbing in Yosemite a friend once told me I will never be able to get that route done. Which is kinda true till now since I did not onsight the entire route however, I feel it wouldn’t be out of reach and it will be part of my goal and route to free climb a route on El Cap.

Rostrum on the 11c fingers crux pitch (in terms of grade) I feel that the 11c is so much easier than the overhanging 11b crack on P7
Rostrum on the 11c fingers crux pitch (in terms of grade) I feel that the 11c is so much easier than the overhanging 11b crack on P7
Kelly on the crux pitch
Kelly on the crux pitch

When I met Tommy Caldwell in the Valley store, the man told me to keep going and its great that we are so committed to climb the walls in Yosemite flying half way around the world to hurl ourselves on the granite monolith. Coming from the man who spent 7 years on a route, I’m determined we will get there one day if we do not stop trying!

The man and me
The man and me

Yosemite Rock Trip 2016 here we come! Live an adventure with us too!

BBQ after a hard day of climbing is always welcomed
BBQ after a hard day of climbing is always welcomed
Tom and Xue Ling ready for BBQ!
Tom and Xue Ling ready for BBQ!
Tom and Xueling on honeymoon climbs!
Tom and Xueling on honeymoon climbs!
Chow drops in for a day of guided climbing after a long flight in!
Chow drops in for a day of guided climbing after a long flight in!
People gets really tired during our trips
People gets really tired during our trips
Bryan's cozy luxury tent camping
Bryan’s cozy luxury tent camping
Bryan and Mark on NutCracker
Bryan and Mark on NutCracker
Getting to the top when rain starts pouring
Getting to the top when rain starts pouring
Zhu yan and I on top of Central Pillar of Frenzy. Great crack climbing!
Zhu yan and I on top of Central Pillar of Frenzy. Great crack climbing!
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