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01 May
Jon Plaut followed Arches Terrace Direct (5.11a) at Yosemite National Park. details »
Rock Climbing
Really liked this route. The crux was difficult and technical, but short. The rest of the route was almost completely made up of 5.7/5.8 splitters with fantastic exposure and only a few (slightly scary) sections of loose rock. In my opinion, a 4-5 star climb for sure.
01 May
Jon Plaut added a trip:
Yosemite National Park
Calendar_24x24 Apr 27 - 28 2013
Activities:
Rock_climbing
07 Oct
Jon Plaut redpointed Farley (5.9) at Sugarloaf. details »
Rock Climbing
Got it this time. Still got psyched out at the top, though, and ended up doing strenuous jamming, rather than lying back.
07 Oct
Jon Plaut joined a trip:
Sugarloaf
Calendar_24x24 Oct 6 2012
Activities:
Rock_climbing
01 Oct
Jon Plaut lead climbed with rests Corn Flakes (5.9) at Phantom Spires. details »
Rock Climbing
Awkward and burly start. The only really memorable move for me was after the crack ends, getting up onto the face. It was definitely reachy for me and required so technical and balancy footwork. Not the best warmup nor the best first PS climb. But it was in the shade!
01 Oct
Jon Plaut added a trip:
Phantom Spires
Calendar_24x24 Sep 30 2012
Activities:
Rock_climbing
01 Oct
Jon Plaut lead climbed with rests Farley (5.9) at Sugarloaf. details »
Rock Climbing
Hard and committing. The top section only takes big gear and I only brought one #3 and a 4.5. Had to run it out a ways on terrifyingly shiny granite. Did it clean on toprope and would definitely try to lead it again with the right gear.
01 Oct
Jon Plaut added a trip:
Sugarloaf
Calendar_24x24 Sep 29 2012
Activities:
Rock_climbing
01 Oct
Jon Plaut lead climbed with rests Devaluation Direct (5.9) at Donner Summit. details »
Rock Climbing
Burly and heady offwidth start leading to easy 5.7 climbing higher up. Not the best warmup, but a quality route nonetheless.
01 Oct
Jon Plaut added a trip:
Donner Summit
Calendar_24x24 Sep 8 2012
Activities:
Rock_climbing
18 Jun
Jon Plaut climbed Regular Route (5.9) at Tuolumne Meadows. details »
Rock Climbing
Awesome climb. First pitch was slightly wet around the 5.9 crux, adding some headiness, but other than that, it wasn't bad. Started simuling around pitch 5 and made it up in around 7 hrs., despite having to wait for parties ahead of us and numerous ledge breaks. A great day overall.
18 Jun
Jon Plaut joined a trip:
Tuolumne Meadows
Calendar_24x24 Jun 16 - 17 2012
Activities:
Rock_climbing
29 May
Jon Plaut climbed Southeast Buttress (5.6) at Tuolumne Meadows. details »
Rock Climbing
Fantastic climb made slightly more difficult and scary by the 4 inches of snow which fell the night before. The climb was mostly dry, but the 4th class slab decent was pretty dicey. Also, we started too far right and had to traverse over a bunch to meet up with the main routes around the 5th pitch. All in all, very memorable climbing. I'll have to go back again soon to tackle Eichorn as well.
29 May
Jon Plaut added a trip:
Yosemite National Park
Calendar_24x24 May 26 - 27 2012
Activities:
Rock_climbing
12 Dec
Jon Plaut followed Commitment (5.9) at Yosemite Valley. details »
Rock Climbing
Great climb. I led up the sustained 5.8 handcrack first pitch. Beautiful line with perfect hands and great pro, made even better by the sun which, up to that point, had been hidden behind clouds. The rest of the route I thought was pretty chill. Fun 5.7 lb on the second pitch. I didn't think that the "committing" crux was very hard. I got great jams with both hands under the roof and was able to find enough traction to keep my feet on the wall. Great 5.8 lb after that leading up to a tricky, but fun last couple moves to the top. Definitely going to repeat this one so I can lead the crux pitch.
12 Dec
Jon Plaut added a trip:
Yosemite National Park
Calendar_24x24 Dec 10 - 11 2011
Activities:
Rock_climbing
01 Nov
Jon Plaut climbed Royal Arches (5.7 A0) at Yosemite Valley. details »
Rock Climbing
Did the 5.8 start to avoid the crowd and, although slightly tricky to figure out, the variation wasn't terribly difficult. From there, we simulclimbed a bit and then roped up for the rest of the climb. None of the moves felt very difficult and it was all pretty chill. We started at around 8:30 and climbed until 2:45, longer than we'd wanted to take, but there was a pretty long holdup at the pendulum (there was a group of 3 ahead of us and another group of 3 that decided to just free the 10b section...definitely a cluster). The raps took a while as well. We started descending at around 3:15 and got down at 5:45. On one of the raps, I overestimated the length of my 70m rope and thought I could skip a rap. Unfortunately, I ended up at the bottom of the rope (so thankful we tied knots) 2ft. above the next anchor and unable to reach it. I ended up having to "jug" back up the rope to the previous anchor. Not the most fun. All in all, it was a long day with pretty chill climbing. Fun, but not something I'd do again any time soon. Next goal will be to free Royal Arches and then climb Crestjewel, hopefully next season.
01 Nov
Jon Plaut added a trip:
Yosemite National Park
Calendar_24x24 Oct 29 - 30 2011
Activities:
Rock_climbing
01 Nov
Jon Plaut is now following:
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Owen Mcgrath
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05 Oct
Jon Plaut top roped Autumn (5.9) at Red River Gorge. details »
Rock Climbing
05 Oct
Jon Plaut joined a trip:
Red River Gorge
Calendar_24x24 Sep 30 - Oct 3 2011
Activities:
Rock_climbing Hiking
19 Sep
Jon Plaut climbed East Wall (5.7) at Lover's Leap. details »
Rock Climbing
Finally got on this climb after an ankle injury on the approach prevented me from climbing the first time. The route is fun and fairly easy with a short, but exposed (for leader and follower) traverse on the second pitch. After waiting in line for about 40 minutes at the 2nd pitch anchor of Bear's Reach, we were able to finish the route. The 5.9 mantle finish variation is great, perfectly protectable with a #4 cam. Seems like a great alternative to Bear's Reach if the crowds are too big.
19 Sep
Jon Plaut joined a trip:
Lover's Leap
Calendar_24x24 Jul 8 - 10 2011
Activities:
Rock_climbing Camping
19 Sep
Jon Plaut followed Tenaya Peak (5.5) at Tuolumne Meadows. details »
Rock Climbing
A very easy, but fun climb with a stellar top-out that almost makes the arduous approach and descent worth the trouble. We got to the trailhead in the morning and, after struggling slightly with routefinding and wet slab crossing, made it to the bottom of the route. There was many groups there starting at the same time as us, but the route was wide and low-angle so passing was possible. We simulclimbed up about 10 of the pitches, bypassing all of the easier 4th class and low 5th class climbing. We pitched out the last 2 pitches, both fun and relatively simple, with a short exhilarating 5.7 lieback variation near the top. The decent was loose, sketchy and hard to routefind. But, round-trip, we made it back to the car at around 3:30pm with enough time to dip in Tenaya lake before heading out. A fun day, but nothing too exciting.
19 Sep
Jon Plaut joined a trip:
Tuolumne Meadows
Calendar_24x24 Aug 20 - 21 2011
Activities:
Rock_climbing Hiking
19 Sep
Jon Plaut climbed Venusian Blind (5.7) at Palisades. details »
Rock Climbing
All in all, an incredible climb. The more technical/difficult climbing was on nearly perfect rock with beautiful cracks and face moves. The easier climbing, which consisted for the most part of no-pro traverses, was generally well-exposed and exciting for both leader and follower. After soloing up to the second pitch belay, we roped up and started climbing around 9am. 10 or 11 pitches later, at around 3, we made it up to the last tower, which we avoided by descending a ramp off left and hiking up 4th class to the top. After deciding against a sketchy, super-exposed (2,000ft. drop off the right side) traverse to the true summit, we descended down the loose 4th class to the rap station above the Contact Pass. After rapping, we (ok, maybe just I...) had lots of fun sliding down the low-angle snowfields back to the approach trail. Highlights of the climb include the 5.8 finger lieback variation, the perfectly formed and super-exposed 5.7 hand crack, and the wild 4ft. gap. Given the quality of the climbing and the gorgeous setting, this route is one of the best I've done and a great beginner alpine climb.
19 Sep
Jon Plaut joined a trip:
Palisades
Calendar_24x24 Sep 1 - 5 2011
Activities:
Rock_climbing Hiking Camping
19 Sep
Jon Plaut climbed Zee Tree (5.7) at Tuolumne Meadows. details »
Rock Climbing
Fun (relatively) well-protected face-climbing leading to an easy, low-angle lieback on top. Did the last pitch (steep 5.7 lieback). Couldn't find a great place to anchor and ran out the lieback. All in all, a slightly sketchy last pitch. Glad I did it though as the top-out was fantastic. Definitely a fun climb.
19 Sep
Jon Plaut added a trip:
Tuolumne Meadows
Calendar_24x24 Aug 27 - 28 2011
Activities:
Rock_climbing
19 Sep
Jon Plaut climbed The Grack, Center (5.6) at Yosemite National Park. details »
Rock Climbing
A very fun low-angle finger crack. Crux comes at the very end when the crack thins out and a few semi-exposed friction moves are necessary to move up. A lovely first climb of the day (although with direct sunlight, the route was pretty hot). Also, fun chatting with Grant Hiskes and John Shewchuck (first ascenders of many Tuolomne/Yosemite climbs including Errett Out on Dozier Dome) at the base.