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Summer Bouldering in Yosemite - Seth Rogers

 
Summer Bouldering in Yosemite - Seth Rogers
Summer Bouldering in Yosemite - Seth Rogers
Summer Bouldering in Yosemite - Seth Rogers
Summer Bouldering in Yosemite - Seth Rogers
Summer Bouldering in Yosemite - Seth Rogers
 
September 19, 2012 -  Seth Rogers    
 

I just got back from bouldering in Yosemite. I have been there lots of times, but only for rope climbing. Last time I was up there, it was really cold and we ended up climbing while it snowed. So it was a nice surprise to have warm weather. I went climbing with Zero Gravity teammates: Matt Grossman, Cameron Reed, Hannah Grossman, my brother Ethan Rogers, and Scott Corey, the youngest person to climb El Cap. We stayed at a house in Yosemite owned by the current El Cap speed record holder, Hans Florine.

We mainly climbed near the Bridalveil Falls and the Ahwahnee Boulders. The problems were mostly hard slab climbs with small, scarce feet. You need to have good sticky shoes and my Arrowheads worked great. One climb that I projected for a while and finally got was Munchkin Lunge (V6) at the Ahwahnee boulders. It was a one-move problem starting on two slopey crimps with two small pebble feet. You then dyno to the top and mantle up. I tried at least 30 times before I got it. Hannah Grossman also got it.

We did see 4 bears, which was funny because Scott Corey said in all the times he had gone to Yosemite, he had never seen a bear.  (With the hantavirus in Yosemite, people are more afraid of a deer mouse than a bear.) I now think of Yosemite as more than just a great place for trad climbs. It also has very classic bouldering routes as well.

 

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