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    Yosemite Stoke/Photo Thread

    I've recently rediscovered what an all-around incredible place Yosemite is. Whether car camping, backpacking, or climbing, it's just fantastic.

    Anyhow, please post your Yosemite photos and stories here.

    I'll start with some photos from my recent trip . . . . (Not sure if the photos are too big for this format. They're copied from The Stash, which previously worked for me.)

    The kids reach Glacier Point, the end of the Pohono Trail if you start from the bottom (Tunnel View).


    Looking toward Tanaya Lake from the Half Dome Trail.


    Sometimes you're riding a bike around and Yosemite hits you with scenes like this. By sometimes, I mean pretty much all the time.


    Looking into Tuolumne Meadows from Lembert Dome.


    Looking toward Tanaya Lake.


    Hiking up the Mist Trail beside Nevada Falls.


    The cables.


    How to get a 7-year-old up the cables. (He crushed it.)


    Cliched shot of the kids on Half Dome.


    Making this year's holiday card.


    Hiking down from Half Dome.


    Nevada Falls from the JMT.


    I love early October.


    Inspiration Point, near the beginning of the Pohono Trail.


    Crocker Point on the Pohono Trail. You can see the recent rockfall area on El Cap pretty clearly.


    Half Dome, at the end of the Pohono Trail.


    Cathedral Peak.


    Eichorn Pinnacle. I'm still a gumby, but it's hard to go to Yosemite and not want to learn to aid climb.


    I can't wait to go back!

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    I assume you took these before the two big rock slides on El Capitan

    Yosemite picks never get old. I have nit been there since I was a small child and live fairly close by. Maybe I take it all for granted
    Own your fail. ~Jer~

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    MTT, get yourself back there! The rockfall occurred a couple days before we arrived. You can see it pretty clearly in the 4th photo from the bottom (Crocker Point), left-center of my son.

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    When the kids get a little older, start at Tanaya lake and take the canyon down into the park.

    It's my favorite place in Yosemite, and I've seen quite a bit.

    Looks like a very memorable trip for all. Thanks for sharing.
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    These are great. I'm disappointed I never made it to Yosemite this year besides driving home on 120 the day it opened.

    I haven't explored much in general given the huge numbers of people and how tricky it is to get permits. I need to fix that next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    When the kids get a little older, start at Tanaya lake and take the canyon down into the park.

    It's my favorite place in Yosemite, and I've seen quite a bit.
    We considered doing Tuolumne or Tenaya to the Valley (the kids could definitely do it), but the logistics didn't work out with our Half Dome permit and YART availability. It's definitely on the list though.

    Quote Originally Posted by jorion View Post
    I haven't explored much in general given the huge numbers of people and how tricky it is to get permits. I need to fix that next year.
    The permit system seems complex. We got a Half Dome permit on our second try in the 48-hour lottery. In reading the website, it seemed like many of the trailhead quotas were full, meaning we couldn't get a wilderness permit for the most popular trailheads (e.g., Cathedral Lakes) even midweek. But, we went to the ranger station, they told us we could get a wilderness permit for any trailhead with the exception of Half Dome. So we just picked up on for the Pohono Trail the day before. I'm still not totally sure how the wilderness permit system works.

    Incidentally, the Pohono Trail was great. It's a little over 14 miles and 3,200' of elevation change. Most people start from Glacier Point and walk downhill to Tunnel View, which is definitely the easier way to do it. We did it uphill because my wife's knee hurt when walking downhill after Half Dome. But the advantages of going uphill are (a) you get to end with the best views at Glacier Point, rather than begin with them, (b) Glacier Point has a store that sells food and ice cream, and (c), when the buses aren't running later in the season, it's probably easier to hitch a ride from Glacier Point to Tunnel View than the other way around. (Incidentally, Americans suck with respect to hitchhiking hikers/skiers. The only people who stopped were foreign tourists. I ended up getting a ride from a nice older couple from France, for which I was very grateful.)

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    I like researching so I have spent the time to figure out the permit system. I'm all for restrictive bc permits in Yosemite but given that I tend to do trips on short notice it means that in summer time I'm looking at a five hour drive, sleeping on blm land night one, getting a walk up permit the next morning, spending another night on blm land outside the park, and then finally starting the trip 36 hours after I left home. In the fall same day walk up permits are a lot more plentiful.

    You can get a good sense of demand and supply by googling "Yosemite full trailheads report" which they update every day or two.

    There're just so many awesome places to visit in the Sierra outside of Yosemite that I usually choose to do something with less red tape.

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    Yeah, I went the to the trailhead reports webpage, which led me to believe that all the popular trailhead permits were unavailable, which didn't seem to be the case when we got there. Maybe lots of people bailed? I feel you on the short-notice thing. I'm reluctant to plan anything beyond what the weather forecasts.

    Anyhow, nobody else is posting Yosemite photos, so I'll continue to do so myself.

    These are from a ski-ish overnighter I did in June 2016. I've posted them elsewhere on TGR.


    Mt Lyell (June 4-5)


    Mt. Lyell is the highest mountain in Yosemite and a marshy slog from Toulemne Meadows. I'd guess it was about 12 miles of nearly all dry hiking to my camp spot (just over 10k) and another 1.5 miles from there to the summit. With a heavy pack, it equates to a lot of suffering. But, once I reached my camp, I was the only person around. As much as we complain about crowding in the backcountry, it's pretty awesome that I can say I was the only person on Yosemite's highest mountain that day. Anyhow, I'll let the photos tell the story from here.









































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    Yeah, I remember this from the Eastside thread last year! I was close to doing the same trip when the road opened this year, but it didn't quite work out. I was hoping to go with a few non-skier friends and spend two nights around snowline. I figured I'd make them carry the non-essential essentials like wine and whiskey. Maybe next year. Things got suncupped so quickly out there too that I wasn't sure the skiing would even be good.

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    I read about people complaining about how busy Yosemite is and certainly it is if you go prime time, hang in the Village, expect to drive everywhere and only want to hike the closer in trails. Half Dome/ the trail to it is busy too. BUT when I've gone a little off prime time and got up early I've had great success. Permits can be tricky to get for the JMT (especially exiting Donahue) but a little advance preparation makes that easier. I did an awesome loop last year that started in Tuolomne then went counter-clockwise with overnights at the Middle Sunrise Lake, Little Yosemite Valley (with a Clouds Rest ascent in the late afternoon and a side trip to Half Dome later in the day), Merced, Vogelsang and then back to Tuolomne. Amazing trip with abit of the "best of Yosemite" moments. It was in early July and hardly saw anyone unless near Tuolomne/LYV. I think the trick was to get in before/at the Sierra Camp opening (thye didn't open this year at all). I don't think I could ever tire of that route.

    I was supposed to do an Mammoth/Reds Meadow (INYO instead of Yosemite so easier to get permits from) trip this year but between the snow, crazy Creek crossings and then Fire I finally gave up and just hiked in BC/Alberta. Fantastic stuff here but we have Grizzlies that means I'm somewhat restricted (as a Solo Hiker).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorion View Post
    Yeah, I remember this from the Eastside thread last year! I was close to doing the same trip when the road opened this year, but it didn't quite work out. I was hoping to go with a few non-skier friends and spend two nights around snowline. I figured I'd make them carry the non-essential essentials like wine and whiskey. Maybe next year. Things got suncupped so quickly out there too that I wasn't sure the skiing would even be good.
    That wouldn't be a bad way to do it, but I think it's still going to be an utter sufferfest no matter what. I've always trended toward cheap/durable over ultralight, but that trip changed my mindset a bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolB View Post
    I read about people complaining about how busy Yosemite is and certainly it is if you go prime time, hang in the Village, expect to drive everywhere and only want to hike the closer in trails. Half Dome/ the trail to it is busy too. BUT when I've gone a little off prime time and got up early I've had great success. Permits can be tricky to get for the JMT (especially exiting Donahue) but a little advance preparation makes that easier. I did an awesome loop last year that started in Tuolomne then went counter-clockwise with overnights at the Middle Sunrise Lake, Little Yosemite Valley (with a Clouds Rest ascent in the late afternoon and a side trip to Half Dome later in the day), Merced, Vogelsang and then back to Tuolomne. Amazing trip with abit of the "best of Yosemite" moments. It was in early July and hardly saw anyone unless near Tuolomne/LYV. I think the trick was to get in before/at the Sierra Camp opening (thye didn't open this year at all). I don't think I could ever tire of that route.

    I was supposed to do an Mammoth/Reds Meadow (INYO instead of Yosemite so easier to get permits from) trip this year but between the snow, crazy Creek crossings and then Fire I finally gave up and just hiked in BC/Alberta. Fantastic stuff here but we have Grizzlies that means I'm somewhat restricted (as a Solo Hiker).
    Agreed, Carol. Even with crowds, it's hard for me not to enjoy the Valley. Honestly, just renting bikes and cruising around for a day is spectacular. And, as you mention, it's not hard to avoid people with only a little effort. But please post some photos of your backpacking trip last year. I'd love to see more info of that loop.

    *****

    Anyhow, I went back this last weekend for some climbing. So this is cross-posted to the Climbing Forum.

    My partner's flight was delayed by the wildfire smoke, so we didn't meet up until late. Stupidly, we decided to climb Royal Arches anyway. A late start, waiting for parties climbing or retreating, etc. meant that we finished the 15th and final pitch at sunset. It also meant that we had to rappel 1,500' by headlamp, which was a little frightening. Worst of all, it meant that we missed final call at the bar in the Ahwanhee.

    Somebody else's photo of the route.


    We were trying to move fast , so we took very few photos. But here's a nice crack about halfway up.


    This is from about 10:30 p.m., when we were finally reaching big ledges and trees and were only 4 more rappels from the bottom. We started to feel a little relief after focusing on avoiding stupid or fatal mistakes while doing 20 rappels in the dark after a lot of climbing.


    It being Friday the 13th, however, we did in fact make a stupid mistake. Have finally reached the ground on the final rappel, we forgot to untie a stopper knot while pulling the rope through. This meant reclimbing the first pitch the next morning to rescue the rope.


    Bodies beat, we opted for the classic 5.5 cruiser on Sunnyside Bench so that we could take a dip in the pools. It was a mediocre climb and the water was way too cold, but the views were outstanding.


    Walking off.


    Yosemite is nice this time of year.



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    Thanksgiving two years ago:

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    Here are a couple from my Yosemite trip last year.




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    Epic photos, The AD! Love the one from Taft Point.

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    Went to Yosemite for the first time this fall, and I can't wait to go back again.


    Yosemite National Park by Phil Herbert, on Flickr


    Yosemite National Park by Phil Herbert, on Flickr


    Yosemite National Park by Phil Herbert, on Flickr


    Yosemite National Park by Phil Herbert, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    I've recently rediscovered what an all-around incredible place Yosemite is.
    Rad pics

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