A very fun anniversary trip :) The pictures are on Facebook, so I'll just put the best panorama here.
I had two fun weekends stacked pretty closely - Kevin and I attempted Banner Peak the weekend of July 18th and Katherine, Alex, Kimy, and I went out to Mammoth to see Devil's Postpile and do some hiking in Tuolumne in early August.
A few weekends later it was hotels and eating out for a bit easier adventure. We still saw some awesome stuff, and Alex and I hiked Cloud's Rest from Tenaya Lake, which may be my favorite hike of all time.
The weekend before the July 4th holiday Andrew and I went to Tuolumne to do some multi-pitch climbing, and then on July 3rd I did the "double traverse" of Mission Peak, which is a hike I contrived that let me get in 5k ft of gain before 11am, with only a 25 min drive from home. Not bad.
On Friday July 3rd I woke up at 6 and struck off for Mission Peak, which I first climbed from the Ohlone College entrance, then descended via the Stanford Ave entrance, tagged that, returned to the summit, and then the car. It was harder and hotter than I expected, then I realized a mile of vert and 13 miles of hiking in just over 4 hours is in fact a lot of hiking.
Andy flew in from New York on his week off from med school. We were supposed to tackle Banner Peak in the Eastern Sierra but the weather had us settle for hiking Pinnacles, climbing at Castle Rock, and summiting Mission Peak. We made do.
The following weekend Ethan and I went to Lover's to practice some trad work on the nice and easy Knapsack Crack (5.5, three pitches). We swung leads and climbed it twice so each of us led every pitch. I was happy with how we did for the most part but damn was it hot. Also trad is still scary sometimes, even on 5.5, where falling is not a good idea.
Overall a great couple trips. I'll have to get back to Tahoe when there's a bit less sun.
Andrew and I had planned to get some climbing in at Castle Rock, but we were rained out. In May. In the worst drought year in California history. We settled for a quick hike to Sempervirens Falls in Big Basin instead.
Kevin, Ethan and I went to Diablo in the afternoon for some climbing. We did Chouinard Crack (5.9+) and Amazing Face (5.10a). The weather was great and there were very few crowds. I managed to (toprope) send the Chouinard on try 2, and Kevin pioneered the butt-feet lieback at the top of that pitch.
Andrew and I headed to the Valley, and I led my first pitch of Yosemite granite! It was on Munginella (5.6) and it was a blast. Andrew led the final two pitches, and afterwards we toproped Highway Star (5.10) which is a great, educational climb.
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