Half Dome Day 4: Tioga

Stiff and sore today we head home having defeated Half Dome. Sara is headed the same way so we have breakfast together and head out together. Our plan is to cross the Sierras via the Tioga pass and enjoy the sights before dropping down the Eastern Sierras taking in the fall colors along the way.…

Half Dome Day 3: Summit

The big day! 5am and we’re up! Jenn was already awake before the alarm like it was Christmas. I never expected her to be quite this into it. It’s cold and dark outside as we put the food from our bear box into our packs, put on our headlamps and headed out. We had told…

Half Dome Day 2: Yosemite

Today was all about rest and relaxation. We needed to keep our legs moving, but nothing long or strenuous, the following day would be the tough one. ¬†We caught a quick breakfast and then tracked down our good friends Mitch and Rebecca. All collected we did our own little tour of the valley. In my…

Half Dome Day 1: Mariposa

Today was Jenn’s bday, and boy did we have plans. Work has been really hard on me, we’ve been crunching like nobody’s business and I should really be at work right now. This trip has been planned for half a year, well before we knew how hard we’d be crunching. I’m grateful then to be…

Yosemite Day 5: Home

This will be a rather short entry just to wrap things up. Our last day of the trip, we cleaned and packed up, checking out around 9 or 10. I tried to convince everyone to go to the Mariposa Groves, the area of large Sequoia trees that were a part of the original land grant…

Yosemite Day 4: New Years

Sorry for taking forever to post this, it’s been a busy few weeks, and I just haven’t found the time to write something up. After the long hike the day before it was time for something more chill for the group as a whole. We decided what would be the most fun would be to…

Yosemite Day 3: Hiking

With Jose feeling a bit better we determined to hike up to Vernal Falls and then onto Nevada Falls which would leave us near the base of Half Dome, giving about 7 mi and 3000ft of elevation gain. We started off the morning early again planning to be in the parking lot around 9am. While…