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Tuolumne Climbing and Camping

 

Mary and I spent the weekend climbing and camping in Yosemite National Park with a couple friends.

While most people think “Yosemite” means the valley, the park actually encompasses a much larger area. More specifically, we stayed in Tuolumne Meadows which offered us a really crowded campsite and easy access to great nearby crag.

Our first top-out of the weekend was Northwest Books on Lembert Dome, an easy two-pitch 5.6 trad climb. Mary and I tag-teamed the lead and we each had a great time placing gear before navigating the sketchy walk-off down steep slab.

After a couple hours on ropes, we had had enough. We pulled out the crash pads and pulled onto some tricky Yosemite boulders. I managed to send a really scary V0 with a high top-out over uneven ground.

Afterwards, we made a ton of attempts on a boulder called “Paul’s Penis,” presumably named for its shape and size. We never finished the V3 in a single go, but we collectively figured out all the moves. The tip was particularly challenging.

Before heading home, Mary and I stopped over for one last climb — this time a 5.7 crack climb. It was my first trad lead on a crack climb, and while I finished it, I needed a couple takes. Mary blew through it with no trouble.

Yosemite continues to be one of my favorite places on Earth, and I always look forward to my next trip out.

 
Brent Traut