Much of this past month was filled with training in the gym, since I was finishing up all of my school stuff before graduation. I graduated Saturday, June 9th, and it was all very exciting but somewhat depressing at the same time to know that I wouldn’t be returning to school with all of my friends next fall. However, graduation did mean that I’m now on summer vacation. And as a result, I went on a short family trip to Yosemite this week. I hadn’t been to Yosemite before, but I found, as all others have, that it’s a strikingly beautiful place. I went around the valley checking out the bouldering locations with my younger brother, Mel. I soon began to realize, as we were climbing with other boulderers that had also recently come to Yosemite, that the grades felt surprisingly difficult as a result of the heat. Still, I had a lot of fun! I had a few go’s on Shadow Warrior (V12) but didn’t get too far. And I really enjoyed doing many of the classics including The Diamond (V8) and Torque (V7). I am currently heading home, but this trip did inspire and motivate me to climb more outdoors. I hope to come back soon!
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