For our hike, we opted for the Waterfall trail in Yosemite. I have done it 3 times before, and Teresa has done it once before, but we have not done it in a high snow year when the water is flowing like crazy!
Its a great moderate trail 2700' of elevation gain in 3.5 miles. Steep enough to be interesting, but short enough that it does not take all day. Perfect
|Yosemite - crowded - but amazing views. Half-dome with Mt Clark in the back|
|Of the views...|
|Teresa enjoys the top of the waterfall trail|
|Gratuitous waterfall shot|
I have never been much of a "project" climber, and I rarely push my limits while leading. I thought I would give the process a shot and try to climb a very aesthetic 5.12 that Micheal and I have attempted a few weeks ago.
First up, was a warm-up - Indian Walk, a 5.10 trad climb. It was interesting to say the least. Some bad rock, tricky traversing, I was almost redlining on my warm-up! Good climb though, exemplifies what I like about Danland - unusual, interesting climbs
|Start of Indian Walk|
|Teresa raps off of Indian Walk|
Then it was over to Lizard Run, a bolted 5.12 slab/crack - very hard - every more was 5.10 or harder, a series of finger locks, then a roof, then more finger locks.
I gave it my best - I fell on lead maybe 10-12 times, but eventually made it to the chains. I did another burn on top rope, and it basically killed me for the day.
|Leading Lizard Run|
It was a really good exercise for me to try something so hard and above my ability. I am really happy that I am reaching a place in my climbing where I can be comfortable trying something where I know for a fact I am going to fall multiple times. I am psyched to be finally pushing through a very long plateau in my climbing
|Sweet! I am psyched!|