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Crack Climbing for Everyone

At a recent gym climbing session I did a few laps on a hand crack and then belayed my friend up the same crack. He managed to climb the entire route, using the plastic holds for his feet, with his thumbs down in the crack. Unless I’m traversing a crack or the crack thins down to finger size I try my best to climb with ...

Climbing: September 13-14, 2014 (Tuolumne)

[gallery] September 13-14, 2014: Tuolumne, Yosemite National Park, California, USA Photo above: Monica nearly at the top of pitch 1 on the West Pillar Direct Route of Eichorn’s Pinnacle. After taking a couple weeks off climbing while recovering from a minor injury I was back at it in Tuolumne with John, John E, ...

Climbing: August 16-17, 2014 (Needles)

[gallery] Photos: John nearly at the top of Yellow Brick Road, Monica's flapper (2), Jay climbing up The Howling. Sometimes you're weak but you want to keep climbing and sometimes it's a good idea to just power through. This time, powering through was the wrong answer. Previously at the Needles, I had thrutched my way ...

Climbing: August 2-4, 2014 (Needles)

[gallery] August 2-4, 2014. Needles, Sequoia National Forest, California, USA Above, first row: Warlock Needle; second row: Monica and John on top of Our Lady of the Needles, 5.7; third row: our rainy day spent the California Hot Springs. We spent a 3 day weekend at the Needles with Dong and Marlin. We had an awesome ...

Climbing: July 26-27, 2014 (Tuolumne)

[gallery] July 26-27, 2014: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, USA Photos left to right from top: John leading the last pitch of Oz 5.10d; the clearer sky on Saturday with Fairview Dome on the left side of the photo; the smokey sky (from the El Portal fire) on Sunday as seen from Low Profile ...

Climbing: July 19-20, 2014 (Sonora Pass)

[gallery] July 19-20, 2014. Road 5N06 off the Sonora Pass Highway 108. Photo above: Jeff climbing Shake and Bake 5.10d on Upper Quarry Crag in the Second Quarry Crags; John on El Diablo Feo 5.8 on Bienvenidos Wall; lovely sunset after the rain. At the risk of giving it all away, all I gotta say is, get yourself the ...

Climbing: July 12-13th 2014 (Yosemite Valley)

[gallery] July 12-13th 2014. Yosemite National Park, California, USA Photo above: Monica on End of the Line 5.10c on Lower Cathedral Rock. For this super hot weekend, let’s keep this short. It was hot and I was feeling all out of sorts on Sunday… I would like to blame my raging hormones but I can’t be sure. Saturday ...