I skipped class on Thursday to take a day trip to Yosemite with my friend Anthony Lapomardo. It was one of the most perfect days of the season. Sunny and crisp.
A few photos from our day:
Photo from inspiration point before this week's storm hit. photo by Anthony Lapomardo
The first view of El Cap as we drove into the Valley Thursday morning.
El Cap. We spotted Tommy and Kevin on Mescalito on the way in.
"Hiking" out to Drive On.
My dream route, Astroman 11c, as seen from Drive On. Sometimes it's hard to justify bouldering when you have El Cap, Half Dome and Washington Column visible from most of the bouldering areas. World class climbing in every form exists in Yosemite from bouldering to trad and aid climbing.
Setting up at Drive On. There were quite a few people out during the week so we had a good crew to climb with.
I worked Drive On (V11) last weekend with Thomasina and we were both psyched to go back out and try it again. Thomasina sent first go and looked solid on every move. It’s been really inspirational to climb with her. I finally felt like I had all the moves down but on my best go I got too excited at the top and after staring down the final hold I fumbled and missed it and barn-doored off the top. I tried a few more times but I didn’t have enough skin to get back up on the tiny crimps and try again. Hopefully next week it will be dry and I’ll get to try again.
Anthony got some video of the attempts. Here are some screen shots:
video still by Anthony Lapomardo
video still by Anthony Lapmardo
This makes the climb look short but it's actually quite tall at about 18-20 feet. video still by Anthony Lapomardo
We did a little video/photo shoot over at Atlantis too. Stay tuned for the video.
Atlantis. Five-star boulder problem. photo by Anthony Lapomardo
This is what it looked like today in the Valley. It's supposed to snow for the next few days but clear up Wednesday. I am totally obsessing!!!
Keeping my fingers crossed for good conditions around Thanksgiving.