Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Weekend Climb part 2, Yosemite, California, United States

On Sunday, we decided to take it a little easy and wake up when we felt like waking up, versus setting a time. Unfortunately, I still woke around 6am. The rest of the camp woke up around 7:30am.

We made breakfast, packed up our site, and headed to the base of El Cap.

When we got there, no one from our group was there. The night before, we had agreed to meet at the base and climb together. However, after some discussion, it seemed everyone's memory of what exactly was the plan was unclear. Me and Borjat scouted around the base in hopes of finding them before eventually giving up and looking for climbs ourselves.

In our search for a route, we find one part of the group already climbing a route.

Quickly after, another pair from the group came ambling up the trail.

Overjoyed at finding other members of our party, we thus proceeded to climb.

In all, we ended up climbing a lot longer than we had planned. Initially, we wanted to only climb til 1pm and leave the park, to avoid traffic. Ultimately, we left the park around 4pm. Partly because we underestimated how long we would take climbing, partly because of coordinating such a large group to meet at one place.

The ride back was surprisingly easy. It took use 6 hours to get to the park from San Francisco while going back only took us 3.5 hours. Nonetheless, by the time I got back home, I was exhausted and ready for bed.

Having been to Yosemite many times before, going to the park to climb has revived my interest in the park. I will definitely attempt to visit the park one more time before I leave.
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