Tuolumne, 8/16-8/17

This morning I took a little survey of reviews on SummitPost and Mountain Project. Here is everyone else’s assessment of what I personally would describe as, uh, the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done.

And you may ask yourself: Well, how did I get here?

Somewhere above the Zee Tree. And you may ask yourself: Well, how did I get here?

  • “I was disappointed. Fairly easy climbing and over-bolted.”
  • “Missed a bunch of bolts on two or three of the pitches, but didn’t need them.”
  • “Non-strenuous great fun for overweight geriatrics.”
  • “You can focus on your feet and not worry about the spacing between the bolts.”
  • “Super easy climbing, great as an intro to slab or to run up at the end of the day.”

Meanwhile, in my world, the route is over-bolted only in the sense that I wouldn’t have tired to lead it in the first place were it not bolted at all. And I can’t imagine I’ll live to be an overweight geriatric when I’m Elvis-legged on a 5.7, negotiating frantically with lizard-brain: Do not start crying, I protest, you’ll get the slab wet and then you’re definitely going to fall.

Seriously, I hate this sport. Who wants to go next weekend?

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