What I Did Last Weekend

For work this weekend, Gary and I guided a group of fathers and their sons on a three-day backpacking trip to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. It happens to be the most physically demanding itinerary I’ve operated all summer (funny that I chose this one to carry the extra weight of my camera). But after getting a glimpse of the shots below, you’ll see why. Yosemite is breathtaking.

Our trip mascot, the raven, with Half Dome in the background

Our trip mascot, the raven, with Half Dome in the background

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Raven in dead pine with Cloud's Rest in the distance

Raven in dead pine with Cloud’s Rest in the left distance

Approaching Cloud's Rest - Mount Clark in the left distance

Approaching Cloud’s Rest – Mount Clark in the left distance

These unique rustic iron signs mark the way on every trail in Yosemite

These unique rustic iron signs mark the way on every trail in Yosemite

Looking back East/Northeast from Cloud's Rest

Ascending Cloud's Rest

Ascending Cloud’s Rest

 

Ascent up Cloud's Rest with Half Dome in the background

Ascent up Cloud’s Rest with Half Dome in the background

Exposure found on the way to Cloud's Rest summit

Exposure found on the way to Cloud’s Rest summit

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Raven and Mount Clark on summit of Cloud's Rest

Raven and Mount Clark on summit of Cloud’s Rest

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Descent from Cloud's Rest

Descent from Cloud’s Rest

Resting

Resting

Hiking to Half Dome the next day started at 5 am under a full moon

Hiking to Half Dome the next day started at 5 am under a full moon

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First light on Half Dome

First light on Half Dome

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Smoke in the distance from Dark Hole fire that's been burning nearly a month now

Smoke in the distance from Dark Hole fire that’s been burning nearly a month now

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The sons at base of the cables

The sons (Maxx, Matt and Josh) at base of the cables

Fathers and sons start the crazy steep climb to the top of Half Dome - can't believe the NPS let's visitors to the park do  this

Fathers and sons start the crazy steep climb to the top of Half Dome – can’t believe the NPS let’s visitors to the park do this (note that the dad’s are in the back…)

Looking back without letting go of the cables - slick granite smoothed from thousands of climbers is super sketchy

Looking back without letting go of the cables – slick granite smoothed from thousands of climbers is super sketchy

Me and the boys - left to right: Maxx, Gregg, Josh, David, Brad, Gary (guide) and Matt

Summit! Joyy and the boyys – left to right: Maxx, Gregg, Josh, David, Brad, Gary (guide) and Matt

Where's Joy? Look for stick white legs draped over 4,000 feet of air from the end of the King's Chair

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Where’s Joy? (Hint: look for stick white legs draped over 4,000 feet of air from the end of the King’s Chair)

Looking back up Tenaya Canyon

Looking back up Tenaya Canyon

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The Stats:

Hiked 5 to 12 miles each day for three days with elevation gains from 800 to 2,700 feet a day and elevation losses from 800 to 4,000 feet a day

Cloud’s Rest summit elevation – 9,900ish

Half Dome summit elevation – 8,800ish

So ends a perfect weekend. Till the next…

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