People give Fresno a bad-rap, but I seriously love that I can do all of this as day trips from my house!
On Saturday we had a pleasant rest day hanging out at the dog beach. Penny had a blast, peeing on seaweed clumps chasing birds, smelling dog bums, digging holes. She certainly know how to have a good time.
|Penny enjoying the beach|
|Creek crossings in the mist.|
|Peeing on seaweed, Now that's fun.|
After such a restful day, on Sunday it was time to climb something on my great tick list. We opted to head out to Red Eagle, and give the Triple Dihedral a crack.
We drove up to the crag, and enjoyed the long approach up an old logging road and then over a creek up towards what I consider to be the best set of crags in Shuteye. There must be 500 climbs in the area, and it is so quiet. Its weird. The rock quality is terrific, and there is a mixture of easy, moderate and very hard climb. There are also climbs up to 600 feet tall, and no crowds. HEAVEN, for yours truly.
|Let's go climb that!|
|On the approach. Grey Eagle in the background|
|Wingfeather - Ascends this magnificent tower. 5.8 does not get better. if you have not climbed, do it, soon!|
|Its not SoYo without a mandatory bushwhack.|
|Navigating a lingering snow field|
|Unknown climber on Thunderstruck (5.11c)|
|Looking up at P2 of the triple dihedral|
|Teresa manages the rope|
I'll confess, I was slightly terrified on the comiting runout. I have been doing too much sport climbing lately! After the crux on pitch 3, the difficulties eased and it was cruiser 5.6 to the next belay.
|Teresa and the very comfortable pitch 3 belay|
|Teresa nearing the end of pitch 3|
One of the great things of climbing here is the magnificent views, one side Shuteye ridge, the other the great peaks of the Eastern Sierra. So nice, so relaxing!
|Always so nice in Shuteye|
|Eastern Sierra in the distance|
We relaxed on the top for a while, ate some lunch and enjoyed the sun. It was such a nice day, such a peaceful climb, this is truly what I live for - a adventure with the one I love, life does not get better than this.
|Views from the top|
|Can life get any better? I don't think so|
3 double rope rappels found us safely back to where we had started.
|On the way down|
|The snowfield - Tese's crux|
|Our trusty steed - Washouts are no match for you|
|Beta photo - How we climbed the route.|