I recently took a trip to my favorite place on earth – Yosemite. It’s a great time of year to go because the waterfalls are flowing hard and the crowds have not yet invaded the valley. There is so much to climb there but we thought we would check out some of the classics.
Climbing Some 12.a Classics in Yosemite - Seth Rogers
Joining me were my regular climbing buddies – Cameron Read and my brother Ethan. We climb well together and our routine is for me to lead, Ethan to top rope and Cameron to clean. We stayed at the Housekeeping Camp which is a step up from the Curry tent cabins with each tent getting their own fire pit for the mandatory s’mores. Our first stop was the Chapel Wall. There were other climbers on the warm-up routes so we jumped right on the hard stuff. My first climb was Drive by Shooting, a five star 12a. I found it really pumpy and technical but I pulled off the onsight. Mr. Pinkeyes, 5.11d, and Pink Panther, 5.11b are both 80-foot endurance climbs that were a lot of fun.
Later we went to the Cookie Cliff. It’s a little hard to find but worth it. Cookie Monster is another five star 12a classic. You have to squeeze between some rocks to get to it and it is really intimidating. It is 70-foot overhanging crack climb that really tests your endurance. The other climbers hanging out there were surprised to see a 13 year-old take on the climb but they gave me a round of applause when I onsighted it. It was a proud moment.