Tuolumne Meadows, CA

July 7-12, 2008

After sampling the good cragging around Bishop, we leave for Tuolumne Meadows. We've been there a few times before, including during our last bus trip.

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Getting into Lee Vining.
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The line to get into Yosemite National Park.
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Driving in the crowded park.
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We're there! Views of the Meadows. Such a gorgeous spot!
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Lucky enough to find a camping spot.

We're lucky enough to find a good site at the campground. Actually, it is fairly typical to find available sites during the week, provided you arrive early enough. Many sites are open today as a lot of people are leaving, having spent the long 4th of July weekend in the park. Not too many of these sites are practical for our bus though. In fact, we end up settling in the very same site as on our last visit.

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Fairview Dome, a mere 20 minute hike from the road.
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Lucky Streaks (5.10d, 6p)...
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...and the Regular Route (5.9, 12p).
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A sea of granite (summit of Fairview Dome).
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Starting the super- friendly descent from Fairview Dome.

In a little less than a week, we climb what are probably three of the best long routes (IMHO) in the Meadows: Lucky Streaks and the Regular Route on Fairview Dome, and the Oz and The Hobbit Book linkup on Drug and Mariolumne Domes.

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Oz (Drug Dome) can be linked with the Hobbit Book for a great day of climbing.
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Eric leading the fantastic corner of Oz.
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Enjoying the view on the summit of Mariolumne Dome.