Yosemite Rock Trip 2016

As our season of guiding in Yosemite for 2016 comes to an early end, Kelly and I are clocking our climbs in before she flies back to Taiwan to guard The Bivy from the typhoon season. While I stay on in US to attend my WFR course in preparation for my AMAGA rock guide course the following year.

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Our climbing holiday begins with The Hulk! (Kelly with close eye disease)

Its been a great season of climbing and guiding and we have some more objectives line up for the next 12 days. And now? We are just sitting in Starbucks in Sonora downing ice coffees and staying away from the 100F week.

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Psych to see so much ice on Fairview Dome with the crew! (Photo by San San)

This year, our participants are all steroid charged and ready for the climbs. The average age of participant also went up to 40-50 years old range! Our first participant is Uncle Hee, an avid climber known in the local scene and also a lecturer in the outdoor learning classroom in Republic Polytechnic.

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Multi pitch day on Nutcracker with Uncle Hee! (Kelly’s eyes closed again)
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Charging up the cracks on Nutcracker
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Getting instructions on ropes ascending which are important skills for getting on the big wall
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Long day on East Buttress of Middle Cathedral before getting on the South Face of Washington Column
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We got rain out on Washington Column so the following day we climbed Fairview Dome in Tuolumne!

San San after attending my trad and multi pitch class (SNCS Rock 1 and SNCS Sport 3) in Long Dong Taiwan, he’s decided to come for a trad climbing boot camp with me in Lao Jun Shan, Liming, China. We jam so much cracks that his toes started to hurt really bad towards the end of the trip. When he got to Yosemite, it took him 2 days to get acclimatised to the slick granite crack climbing before we started blasting up the walls!

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Mr San San with Kelly on top of Fairview Dome. San San’s first day in Yosemite was 12 pitches on wet cracks, icy approach and descend in the dark off the dome! Full package!
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BBQ after a hard day
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San San and I on East Buttress of El Cap
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San San leading the direct route on Reeds. Tight hands!
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Blasting up the South Face of Washington. First big wall for him and done in a day with much daylight to spare. Super well done!

That include Washington Column, South Face in a day and getting on East Buttress of El Cap. Well done for getting so much done in less than 2 weeks and being in Yosemite climbing for the first time!

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Mr Chow leading on Mungenella. Super good lead!
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Chew climbing well and enjoying the time out here!
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Breathe some thin air on Cathedral peak!
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On top of Cathedral Peak with Chew. We sat there for quite a while waiting for Kelly and Chow to get up!
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Yes it is really beautiful up there
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Approach to Snake Dike with Chew and Chow
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Summit of Half Dome!
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Looking down at the rest of the valley for Chew and Chow

We step down the gear for Chew and Chow and went on some super beautiful and great spots in Yosemite. We climbed on some of the most beautiful routes like Snake Dike on Half Dome and Cathedral peak in Tuolumne. The crew had great weather, saw Yosemite from the top and most importantly had great fun in style. We stayed in the beautiful lodge and yurts as they wanted a little more comfort during their holiday. We truly enjoyed the hangouts in the warm cosy yurts too! Thank you Mr Chew and Mr Chow!

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Kim Boon on Bishop Terrace
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Pulling up the last few moves on P4 of East Buttress of Middle Cathedral
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Just hanging out on Dinner ledge and learning the ropes of Big wall climbing
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That’s what I do all day, hang out on the rope, pose funny faces and take selfies all day long
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Big long day for Kim Boon on East Buttress of El Cap

The last participant for July is our Singapore Mountaineering Federation Assessor Mr Lim Kim Boon. Well known for his mountaineering and ice climbing trips and achievements, he set his sights for a few big climbs here in Yosemite. Having been here a few times previously, he wanted to climb some bigger stuff and train up for a big wall ascent eventually. We took him out on the 13 pitch East Buttress El Cap, 10 pitch East Buttress of Middle Cathedral, Arch Crescent on Daff Dome and 16 pitch Royal Arches to wind down the climbing trip. It was all great climbing done in a short period of time. Yosemite is such a great place to climb loads and get super wall fitness in short period of time!

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Kelly on P3 of Positive Vibrations on The Hulk. We are looking forward to the next climb soon!

One more group for a short weekend trip and Kelly is off to Taiwan and I’m going into study mode. In the meantime Kelly and I are going to climb loads and we are looking forward to the autumn season in Long Dong, Taiwan!

 

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