Tuolumne and Yosemite

View of the route Hobbit Book (the big corner in the middle of the face), Mariuolomne Dome.
View of the route Hobbit Book (the big corner in the middle of the face), Mariuolumne Dome.

Last weekend we combined a cragging and running trip with a long drive to pick up a friend who’d run the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 (slogan: A Glimpse of Heaven, A Taste of Hell), pour him into his truck, and drive him back to Bishop with us.

After a nice 7.5-mile (hey, it’s only 92.5 miles less!) run to Mono Pass (10,000′) near Tioga Pass in Tuolumne, we climbed the classic route Hobbit Book on Mariuolumne Dome and managed to get to the top before thunderheads really built up. Then we drove 60 miles down into Yosemite Valley, which I had never seen except in pictures. It was spectacular seeing the famous, huge formations “in person.”

Next day we continued up the West Side of the Sierra foothills, and cut east on CA 88 over to Tahoe, where we managed to fit in a 5-mile run (hey! we’re up to 12.5 miles!) complete a successful pickup of a tired but pretty darn OK looking Todd, who finished 29th out of a field of 200+, in just over 27 hours. Only 118 finished. Chris awaited at home in Bishop, where we all had grilled steaks and watched spectacular thunderstorms roll over the mountains and down Owens Valley. A fun- and scenery-packed weekend!

First of four pitches. Can you spot the lead climber?
First of four pitches. Can you spot the lead climber?
Making my way up the huge corner, 3rd pitch.
Making my way up the huge corner, 3rd pitch.
A quick shot at the start of the 4th pitch, keeping an eye on the darkening clouds ...
A quick shot at the start of the 4th pitch, keeping an eye on the darkening clouds …
... which thankfully cleared off by the time we reached the summit! Here, a great view west toward Tenaya Lake and Half Dome, in the far distance.
… which thankfully cleared off by the time we reached the summit! Here, a great view west toward Tenaya Lake and Half Dome, in the far distance.
And a view east, to Fairview Dome, which we climbed last spring.
And a view east, to Fairview Dome, which we climbed last spring.
Bonus rock: El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, with tourists for scale.
Bonus rock: El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, with tourists for scale.

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