Tuolumne and Mission Peak (Double Traverse)

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.

The first climb we did was Northwest Books (5.6, 2 pitches) on Lembert Dome. This was an old school climb put up by Warren Harding. There's a cool lieback on the first pitch and then it just kind of meanders through not very difficult minor features.  The top was cool though - how the heck did that boulder get there???

The first climb we did was Northwest Books (5.6, 2 pitches) on Lembert Dome. This was an old school climb put up by Warren Harding. There's a cool lieback on the first pitch and then it just kind of meanders through not very difficult minor features. 

The top was cool though - how the heck did that boulder get there???

The view at the top is breathtaking - Cathedral is especially cool.

The view at the top is breathtaking - Cathedral is especially cool.

We spent most of the rest of the trip on Dozier Dome, which had excellent, straightforward climbing. Saturday we did Bull Dozier (5.7, 2 pitches), and Sunday we did Holdless Horror (5.7, 4 pitches, crack pictured above). Gillies led everything except one token pitch that I took - that very bottom section of the picture.

We spent most of the rest of the trip on Dozier Dome, which had excellent, straightforward climbing. Saturday we did Bull Dozier (5.7, 2 pitches), and Sunday we did Holdless Horror (5.7, 4 pitches, crack pictured above). Gillies led everything except one token pitch that I took - that very bottom section of the picture.

At the top of Dozier.

At the top of Dozier.

The descent off Dozier is insanely cool, in a sea of granite looking down on Tenaya Lake.

The descent off Dozier is insanely cool, in a sea of granite looking down on Tenaya Lake.

Big, imposing Medlicott Dome and the Bachar-Yerian (5.11 X?). 

Big, imposing Medlicott Dome and the Bachar-Yerian (5.11 X?). 

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. 

I thought I might get lucky with cool temps at the start, but that only lasted for about 20 minutes, and was actually pretty humid. Still, clouds are always pretty in the Bay Area because they're so rare.

I thought I might get lucky with cool temps at the start, but that only lasted for about 20 minutes, and was actually pretty humid. Still, clouds are always pretty in the Bay Area because they're so rare.

This is around 830am. It's just crazy how popular this hike is, especially since it's pretty challenging.

This is around 830am. It's just crazy how popular this hike is, especially since it's pretty challenging.

The line for the pole, which apparently everyone uses as their "outdoor pic" for online dating. Who knew. I'd guess it was at least an hour long.

The line for the pole, which apparently everyone uses as their "outdoor pic" for online dating. Who knew. I'd guess it was at least an hour long.

Mission Peak from the Stanford Ave entrance. Climbed and descended once, time to go back up!

Mission Peak from the Stanford Ave entrance. Climbed and descended once, time to go back up!

The line the second time, this just before 11am. I do have to admit, the setting is pretty cool with the dramatic ridge drop off.

The line the second time, this just before 11am. I do have to admit, the setting is pretty cool with the dramatic ridge drop off.

This guy carried a life-size cross all the way up, which I thought was pretty cool. I made some jokes about "The Messiah Workout Plan" and "hey, everybody's got something to bear, right?" They laughed, possibly genuinely, and told me God Bless.

This guy carried a life-size cross all the way up, which I thought was pretty cool. I made some jokes about "The Messiah Workout Plan" and "hey, everybody's got something to bear, right?" They laughed, possibly genuinely, and told me God Bless.

Diablo on the descent, which I mostly had to myself. That was nice.

Diablo on the descent, which I mostly had to myself. That was nice.