San Diego to Tuolumne via CA-395. Joshua Trees and scrub brush slowly morph into conifers and alpine meadows. Rocks covered in dust turn at a certain altitude to white granite blanketed with bright lichen. Easy car camping just outside of the park makes Tuolumne Meadows a welcoming alternative to the hustle-bustle-tourist-fuss of Yosemite Valley an hour and a half downhill.
Warm up burns turn into potentially trip-ending ankle rolls, and micro-tractioning 13a's end up being just a tad different than projecting on lead.
Mean green boulders got the best of us at times, and burly cracks broke cams, but we made it out in (basically) one piece. Endeavors were left unfinished, so before we left we had already planned to return in ten days time.
Photo notes: J-Tree outside of Bishop, CA on the 395; picnic table car camping just outside of the park entrance for Tuolumne; boulders in Tuolumne include Golden Rastafarian (V3), Mean Green (V8), and Cellulite Eliminator (V7); 13a crack, climber: Mack; broken cam from Mack's fall; Mount Shasta and barbed wire after leaving Tuolumne on our way to BC.
-Words written from Squamish, BC. Photos from Squim Squam to come soon.