Hello Hikers, Peak Baggers, and Climbers!
I'm intending to put this trip up with something for almost everyone, ranging from challenging day hikes to serious, multi-pitch trad climbs. The actual events are TBD, here are some that are on my mind/I'd like to accomplish while there. It would be hard to convince me to change my mind about both Cloud's Rest and Echo Peaks, but if you want to do something else you are welcome. Dates are Friday, Aug 29th to Monday, Sept 1st (Labor Day).
We will be staying at Dimond O campground - just a short 5 miles from the Yosemite Park Entrance, and a 30-45 minute drive to most major Yosemite attractions! Anyone can sign up, if we get more than 12 sign ups, I will put up a waiting list. if the desire is there, I will purchase as many campsites as we need, so do not despair if you only make the wait list. Please wire $27 to my PayPal account to hold your spot (ID: [masked]) Meetup does not allow wait lists for paid events, so simply put your name in the comments section if you would like to be on the wait list. NO GUESTS - if you have a friend/significant other they need to become a member in order to attend.
Please note the below are not mandatory parts of this trip - day hikes, rock climbing, etc. are all optional and as a group we'll figure out what we all want to do. The below are simply some ideas.
Cloud's Rest: One of the premiere hiking destinations in Yosemite Valley. The views rival or beat the views from any other spot in Yosemite. It's about 14 miles round trip and as such is a demanding day hike. The final couple hundreds yards ascends a rocky outcropping that is about 6-10' wide and has very steep/long drop offs on both sides. There is also a ridge that for a long section has severe drop offs on both sides of a 6 foot wide trail. It's not hard and is only hiking, but it scares some people off. This will be an all day event, leaving early in the morning (before sun up). The peak is actually higher than Half-Dome and you have a great view of Half Dome and much of Yosemite Valley. This is a moderately strenuous, 14 mile day hike.
Echo Peaks: Peak bagging/rock scrambling and traditional rock climbing. There are about 10ish peaks in the Echo Peaks area ranging from easier Class III to 5.9 traditional rock climbing. If you are in good shape, all can be bagged in 1 day (I very well may be attempting this). We'll have one group that wants to just do rock scrambling without getting into serious climbing (so only Class III peaks) and another group that wishes to do more serious Class 4/5 rock climbing. Please note that even the Class III peaks have serious exposure, so an ability to deal with heights is critical for your safety. The Class III rock scrambles will likely be unroped, so you need to be sure of your ability.
I'll be personally taking on some of the Class IV and Class V (true rock climbing) peaks as well, though nothing graded harder than 5.7. For those that want to take on the Class IV and Class V peaks, you must have prior rock climbing experience. While these are not ‘hard’ climbs, Class V is technical rock climbing. Keep in mind this is not Top Rope climbing – this is all trad climbing which requires knowing how to place trad gear, work with multi-pitch anchors, belay both from below and above, etc. The goal when doing trad climbing of this nature is to NOT FALL. The routes are not quite vertical but very steep, so a fall likely means landing on rock below. Please note that a trad fall can be very, very bad – even fatal in some cases. This is not open to people who only have indoor gym climbing experience. I will personally evaluate every climber in terms of whether or not I believe they’re capable of doing this trip. At the bare minimum, you should be able to confidently climb 5.10b outdoors and pretty much never fall outdoors on routes rated 5.8 and lower. Only one peak is rated in the Class V category, but several are hard Class IV involving very tricky moves that could result in falls of several hundred feet. We will be roped on all Class IV and Class V terrain. Helmets, needless to say hopefully, are 100% mandatory. For roped travel, I prefer those that can handle swinging leads (taking turns leading pitches) and being able to follow/clean gear on routes (which is an absolute must.) While I do want to do the 2 trips above, this will still leave a few days of other hikes/scrambles/climbs. I’m open to planning them or figuring them out on the spot when we’re there. I personally will be doing everything from hiking to traditional rock climbing.