Yosemite/Tuolomne - Hiking, Rock Climbing - Whatever you want to do!!

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.


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  • Chia

    What a great meetup! Thank you all for a mighty fun weekend. Look forward to more hiking and camping trips with you all.

    A note on photo-sharing logistics: It turns out that we have a 500 photo limit for our shared album here, so we may need to remove a few existing photos to make room for those who have yet to upload their pix. I took out some redundant shots of mine and may take out more later. My entire album is available at the URL below for a month, in case people want to see/keep deleted shots:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bhhfvdkta826fzw/AAAGq57HJRksyue1faYwqiAVa?dl=0

    2 · September 4

    • Chia

      Indeed. 500 photos for a 4-day, 20+ person meetup event is very limiting. By the way, your shots deserve to be in a gallery, Quino.

      September 4

    • Joaquin Q.

      Chia, I just read your reply. You making me blush. Let's talk about gear one day. I really like the tack-sharpness of your shots.

      1 · September 10

  • Michael D.

    Excellent trip! Perfect weather, great hiking and climbing, great peeps. Let's do it next year for sure!

    5 · September 7

  • james

    Photos:

    https://plus.google.com/photos/113904278943806348699/albums/6054560980833145041

    Joaquin, added a few of yours to have a more compete set, made sure to credit you in the details

    1 · September 5

    • Chia

      Nice! The spinning panoramics are so cool!

      September 5

  • Joaquin Q.

    Here is a link to my photos in Dropbox. I'll keep them there for a month.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tskq4vrdb0xrs3r/AADXgwNLtVfmCPoE9Pk0tKy-a?dl=0

    2 · September 4

  • Alex

    Great trip!! Got in late last night as I had other plans after, will upload photos this afternoon. Thanks all!

    September 3

  • Oliver

    Hey anyone will bring an air pump?

    August 28, 2014

    • Michael D.

      I have one for my bed, but it's for my bed.. no guarantee it will fit on yours.

      1 · August 28, 2014

    • Laura S.

      I have a hand pump for my bed as well.

      1 · August 29, 2014

  • Greg Y.

    Hi, anyone want to carpool with me--leaving from Palo Alto area or East Bay tomorrow afternoon (around 4PM)?

    1 · August 28, 2014

    • Michael D.

      You and Oliver should connect.

      1 · August 28, 2014

  • Michael D.

    Dimond O Campground, sites 13, 14, 15, 16. 34660 Evergreen Rd, Grovaland, CA 95321

    That's where to meet.

    August 28, 2014

  • Oliver

    Anyone can car pool tomorrow? Just one person, will share gas and expenses. :-)

    August 28, 2014

  • Oliver

    Will anyone be able to car pool from Fremont or anywhere? I would like to take the last minute opening.

    1 · August 28, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Just wire payment if you would like the spot..

      August 28, 2014

  • Michael D.

    August 28, 2014

  • Shannon P.

    Well damn. I just found out about this. I'd love to go, but I neither have camping gear (aside from a sleeping bag) nor a way to get there. Bummer...

    Hopefully I'll hear about this sooner next time so I can plan ahead!

    August 28, 2014

  • Chia

    Here's one more suggestion for a day trip:

    The Panorama Trail
    http://www.yosemitehikes.com/glacier-point-road/panorama-trail/panorama-trail.htm

    Trial map:
    http://www.yosemitehikes.com/glacier-point-road/panorama-trail/trail-map.htm


    8.5 miles one way, mostly downhill. Likely takes 6hr if stop to take photos along the way. Hiking poles will be useful. This trail is supposedly very, very scenic, combing two of the most scenic hikes, Glacier Point and Mist Trail, with many scenic points along the way, including the Panorama Point vista, the Vernal and Nevada Falls. The shutter bug part of me is enticed. We could park in the Yosemite valley and take a bus to reach the starting point - Glacier Point. The ride is 1 hr long, and tickets can be purchased by phone or in person in advance. The trail ends in the valley.

    2 · August 26, 2014

    • Stan H

      There will be 10 of us.

      1 · August 27, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Thanks for the tip Stan! Yeah, I read Swan Slab can be a zoo... hope to see you in the valley! Should be a beautiful weekend.. I think we'll have about 6-8 climbers and about 3-4x that hikers for Cloud's Rest..

      August 28, 2014

  • ariana

    Hey Michael, what campsites are we in up there? Are they under your name? I'm going with Laura and it looks like we may get there around 1 on Friday; what time do you plan on arriving? I didn't get your email you said you sent out -- can you send it to me at [masked]? Thnx.

    August 27, 2014

  • Marcella

    It looks like REALLY hot weather this weekend in Yosemite! I'm considering bringing in my own water jugs. Is this car camping and are we parking near our campsite? Also does anyone know the amenities that will be at the campsite (ie water spigot, bathrooms, etc)? Thanks!

    August 27, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Just sent an email with details. There is a restroom, water source, and metal food vaults at all 4 of our campsites. :-)

      2 · August 27, 2014

    • Marcella

      Thanks Michael! I just found it on Yelp too ;). http://www.yelp.com/b...­

      2 · August 27, 2014

  • Joaquin Q.

    Another suggestion for a day trip. Longish but easy.
    Disregard the yellow (guide mark) follow the red markings. https://www.dropbox.com/s/9wueeeba49sl155/The%20North%20Rim%20single%20day%20trip.jpg?dl=0

    August 25, 2014

    • Alex

      Sounds awesome then!

      August 26, 2014

    • Joaquin Q.

      Great, the more the merrier.

      August 26, 2014

  • Joaquin Q.

    August 23, 2014

    • Alex

      I'm totally up for Cloud's Rest, sorry I can't join you on climbing the big walls and other peaks.If any top rope is planned I'm happy to tag along and watch though.

      August 25, 2014

    • Chia

      I wish Cloud's Rest were < 10 miles! My feet and knees probably won't hold up in their current state. It's a nice goal to reach and get fitter for.

      1 · August 26, 2014

  • George S.

    Hi Michael,
    I still don't have the location of the site/directions. Were they already published for the participants?
    thanks,
    g

    2 · August 26, 2014

  • Joaquin Q.

    Michael, some of us want to go Thursday evening. Would it be possible to camp in the same spot paying a night extra for our spots?

    August 24, 2014

    • Joaquin Q.

      Would you mind if I stop by your place to take a look at them and may be scan a couple of pages? I'm trying to put a calendar together.

      August 25, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Sure...

      August 26, 2014

  • ariana

    Michael, I was waiting to register till i had a ride. I got a ride, so now i want to register, but now it's full again! Can you open it up again? (not sure how this works). Thanks! Also, is there a limit to # of tents in campsite?

    August 25, 2014

    • ariana

      hmmm, that's strange, cause i already got one message that I could register yesterday...how did i get bumped lower on the list?

      August 25, 2014

    • Michael D.

      You didn't get bumped lower. I have no idea why that happened, my guess is that it is an auto generated email that is built into the system. Regardless though, I do check the order myself and ensure that people get the opportunity in the order of signing up on the waitlist to keep things fair

      August 26, 2014

  • ariana

    I'd like to sign up, but first need to know if there is someone I could get a ride with? I"m in Berkeley, but could meet you somewhere if need be. I'm flexible about departure time.

    1 · August 24, 2014

    • Abhi

      Ariana, I am in the same boat as you. I am in Santa Clara. My room-mate and I were thinking of renting a car if carpool situation didn't work out. We could join rest of the group in Yosemite if organizers are fine with it. This is our first visit to Yosemite so we want to be with a group.

      August 24, 2014

    • ariana

      That possible, though more expensive. Let's see if anyone else responds and talk in a day or two? Thanks for responding!

      August 24, 2014

  • Joaquin Q.

    Bear info links:
    All bears in Yosemite are Black Bears (independently of their color LOL) http://www.bearsmart.com/becoming-bear-smart/play/bear-encounters

    http://www.mountainnature.com/wildlife/bears/bearencounters.htm

    3 · August 23, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Great to know! Black bears are the least aggressive of all bears, generally just don't want to be disturbed. I vote that we sacrifice Felix to keep the rest of us safe.

      1 · August 24, 2014

    • Joaquin Q.

      I'm not sure the bears will be pleased, they are very picky when it comes to snacks.

      1 · August 24, 2014

  • Marcella

    I'm looking to catch a ride to the campsite and share driving expenses, etc. I'd like to leave early Friday if possible, and return Sunday evening or early Monday morning. I live in North Oakland. Thanks!

    August 9, 2014

    • Laura S.

      [masked]

      August 11, 2014

    • ariana

      hi marcella & Laura, could i ride with yous? i live in west berkeley, but can meet you somewhere as needed. Also flexible on leaving times...pls email me. Thx

      1 · August 24, 2014

  • Laura S.

    Should we coordinate meals or is everyone just bringing their own food?

    August 23, 2014

    • Joaquin Q.

      Laura, you could try organizing group food when you know what activities you will join and the people you will team with. We are a lot of people and we will not be all the time together.

      August 23, 2014

  • Alex

    Would anyone be interested in sharing a 2-room tent? It's kind of large and I don't know how big our site is, but I thought I'd put that out there.

    August 21, 2014

  • Joaquin Q.

    Hi all, should we start talking about groups and activities? Michael: are we sleeping all the nights at Diamond O Camp or can we sleep some of the night deep in the park so we can do multi-day hikes? Tx, Joaquin

    August 21, 2014

  • laurie h.

    Hi all. I'm looking to catch a ride to the campsite and share driving expenses, etc. I live in SF on the way to the GG Bridge. Thanks!

    August 20, 2014

  • Derek

    just signed up. do we need our own camp gears?

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Just because while we do have a group site, 24 tents will likely be hard to fit into any campsite

      August 13, 2014

    • Marcella

      Ah okay

      August 14, 2014

  • Jill M.

    I can now assume Pat Kline is on the list?
    We have paid for her...

    August 9, 2014

    • Michael D.

      I'm adding her as a "+1" for you Jill. Next time just add "+1" from the get go and we won't have this issue.. glad a space opened up.

      August 13, 2014

  • Stan H

    A group of us will be in Tenaya Canyon on Saturday so keep an eye out for us.

    1 · August 12, 2014

  • Derek

    Sadly I have to back out as well due to a series of health challenges. Hopefully someone on the waiting list can take advantage of my open spot.

    August 9, 2014

  • michael j.

    Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to attend this outing, which leaves an opening for someone that would like to go.

    August 9, 2014

  • Jill M.

    Hi Michael, couple things: I sent you the money for Pat Kline and me some time ago and just noticed the Pat is listed as not going. ? Also, if anyone else is interested, I want to go to see the grove of Sequoia Gigantaia not too far from the Park entrance.

    July 27, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Ah.. I did not know you were covering Pat's fees, and when I didn't receive payment after several emails I removed her from the trip. It's very tough for me to keep track of things this way - better if you had her as a "+1" otherwise there's really no way for me to know this. I can offer her a spot when someone cancels (hopefully).. but there's not really anything else I can do until that (hopefully) happens.

      July 27, 2014

  • Michael D.

    No more campsites are available - waitlisters, usually a few folks bow out, so that's really the only shot at getting in at this point.

    1 · June 28, 2014

  • Marianne

    Just got back from a trip to Yosemite, car camped one night at Dimond O, so offering a report on this campground. It is quite convenient, located along the road to Hetch Hetchy off 120, but fairly low elevation (4,000-5,000k), so doesn't provide a lot of acclimation for higher elevation, though certainly better than trying to hike at 9K after driving directly from the sea-level Bay Area! It is also in the Rim Fire burn area, so there is some evidence of that (charred trees), but mostly the campground is intact, in a pine forest. It was also quite warm (mid-80s) and a bit buggy, though the latter may be less of an issue in August. Large level tent pads and fire pits with grills, though again, check for fire restrictions the week of your trip. From there to Highway 120-Tenaya Lake (about 20 minutes shy of Tuloumne Meadows) it was about an hour's drive.

    4 · June 23, 2014

  • Alex

    So glad this has gotten rescheduled and enough time out to allow from CI surg. recovery!

    May 15, 2014

    • Michael D.

      follow me on some of the easier trad climbs Alex! I'll lead all the pitches... :-)

      May 15, 2014

    • Alex

      Jury's still out on that one, Michael- depending on surgery time, and on how fast my auditory rehab progress is, I might only be able to do some stuff. Hopefully I will know more this week.

      June 16, 2014

  • nick n.

    I should have grabbed a spot early :-(
    I want to go....
    On the waiting list

    June 12, 2014

  • Kate

    Please sign me up for wait list. Also, fellow members, are you are driving from SF/E. Bay and want a passenger willing to share expenses? If so, please message me. Thanks!

    June 3, 2014

  • michael j.

    Hello Michael,
    I read above that I should leave my name in the comments section if I would like to be on the wait list. My name is Michael Johnson. I did the Mt. St. Helena hike with the group about a year and a half ago. I've also done a ton of hiking on my own since then and hopefully will be able to join in on this one. I climbed Half Dome last May and have been looking to scratch Clouds Rest off my bucket list.

    June 3, 2014

  • Amy

    Hi Michael,
    I emailed you earlier about adding my girlfriend. You told me to leave a note here so here it is. :) Let me know if a spot opens up and I can wire you the paypal payment.
    Thanks!
    Amy

    June 2, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Hi Amy - go ahead and wire me funds and the spot is yours!

      June 2, 2014

  • George S.

    Hi Michael,

    thank you for all the organizing. We are a couple from San Jose who joined your group last year and participated only in the Elkhorn slough kayaking trip. We would really like to join you in Yosemite for this one but because your spots are limited we feel the priority belongs to the active members. If you think it's OK, we would go ahead and reserve two spots ASAP.
    We have all the equipment and experience and we are interested in serious day hikes but not climbing.
    Thanks,
    George and Scott

    May 16, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Good news - a spot opened up for you 2! George, I added you already. Scott, what's your last name (are you a member?)? If you're already a member it's easier for me to do that way, but if not let me know.

      May 16, 2014

    • George S.

      Hi Michael, I hadn't read this message carefully till now. Scott never checks out his meetups and he has his email notifications turned off. Apologies on his behalf. His last name is Guthridge. Thanks again for all the logistics. Have a great summer.

      May 25, 2014

  • Ross C.

    Hey Michael, I have a campsite in the meadows from August 29 - September 7 and could be interested in climbing with you guys. I lead 5.9 trad and happy to do epic days in the meadows. If there turns out to be a waiting list, or anyone is interested in staying the week and/or crashing my site I'm open to that as well.

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Ross C.

      Are ya'l camping at the meadows campground or somewhere else? (I didn't register for your trip as I have my own site in TM)

      May 20, 2014

    • Michael D.

      somewhere else.. 5 miles outside of the park... Dimond O Campground...

      May 20, 2014

  • Eddie

    Thanks!

    May 20, 2014

  • Tracy

    Hi Michael! Just paid for two spots. Can't find the +1 option. :)

    May 16, 2014

    • Michael D.

      A space DID open up - we have enough folks that I got another campsite right by ours! So we can all 18 of us hang out together. Let me know her name so I can add her to the list.

      1 · May 16, 2014

    • Tracy

      Thanks! Her name is Carol.

      May 16, 2014

  • Amy

    Hi! I recently joined the group and signed up for this trip! Yeah!

    May 16, 2014

  • Laura S.

    I'm so glad this is back on. Looking forward to this trip. I will be hiking not climbing during this trip.

    1 · May 15, 2014

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