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Being A Yosemite Climbing Steward

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Being A Yosemite Climbing Steward

To be a steward of climbing, to take care of and preserve a sport is a strange concept. The sport is alive and well and does not need caring for. What needs tending to is the natural spaces this sport inhabits. To be a climbing steward in Yosemite is to protect the rocks, the trails, the vegetation, and the trees.

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What’s it like living in a National Park during a Government Shutdown?

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What’s it like living in a National Park during a Government Shutdown?

We see two people soloing intersection rock in the distance, one is possibly naked and the other is wearing a pair of hot pink booty shorts. 

Mike grabs the binoculars, “Yep. He’s definitely naked.” 

5 minutes later the naked guy rides by on a bike. There’s a chalk bag clipped to his waist that is almost covering his junk, and he hollers loudly as he wizzes past. “ANARCHY!”

“Well,” Mike puts his hands on his hips, “that happened quickly.”

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Getting the Police Called on you

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Getting the Police Called on you

I was lying in my bed, half asleep, when I heard the first knock. 

It wasn’t so much of a knock as a bang. Someone was pounding on the side of my house. In the large metal box that is my van, it reverberated around the small space and startled me awake. 

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Leaning Tower: Day 3

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Leaning Tower: Day 3

I blink and it’s morning.  

My shoulder hurts so I roll over onto my other side.

Nope. 

I blink again and the sun has risen higher in the sky. I’m on my back. I look over to see Mike with his puffy jacket covering his face. 

Nope. 

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Leaning Tower: Day 2

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Leaning Tower: Day 2

I never thought I would be bored at 500 feet off the ground. 

Standing on Ahwahnee ledge on the West Face of the Leaning Tower, I pace back and forth in anticipation. Or what amounts to pacing when you have less than 3 feet of space to move around in. 

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Leaning Tower: Day 1

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Leaning Tower: Day 1

Big wall climbing  is the culmination of all of the climbing skills I’ve been honing over the last 5 years.

It takes technical skills, mental toughness, physical endurance, and good communication with a partner. I borrowed gear from friends, grilled them on the terrain, looked over maps that climbers before me had drawn, and scrolled through comments people had left on the mountain project to try and prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the hardest thing I had attempted to date in climbing. 

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Jumping on The Circuit

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Jumping on The Circuit

When you jump on you typically meet a few people who are riding the same wave as you. You’ll see them in Indian Creek, lose track of them for a few months and then see them again in Squamish. The circuit brings you around and around, like a merry-go-round of climbing destinations. After getting on, it can be difficult to get off. 

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