Wildflowers... and a mushroom?

The alpine bloom has been gorgeous this year! Very thankful I have had the time and space to go explore these places and take in all the smells.


Yoga in the Labrynth

"One of the most beautiful opportunities to photograph thus far!"


Climbing and bouldering around Lover's Leap

Lover's Leap presents itself with a variety of climbing, not to mention endless dikes to ladder your way up a route! For traditional climbing, the climbs are steep for the grades, but the dikes get you to the top. While there, we explored Hogs Back and the West Wall. For bouldering, we wondered up the fire roads to spots like the Secrets. Check out some of the photos from the trip below!

Triple Link Up

Freel Peak, Jobs Sister, and Jobs Peak before lunch!

The overview:

Freel Peak: 10,881' (highest)

Jobs Sister: 10,823' (2nd)

Jobs Peak: 10,633 (4th)

Roughly a 12 mile loop, clockwise, topping out Freel Peak, Jobs Sister, and Jobs Peak in order. Using the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) and some "class 3" walking.

 

 

Kinda sandbagging my climbing partner on his first alpine start (3:30 am), we headed out of the van with the hope of catching sunrise atop Freel Peak (10,881). Roughly six miles from the van, we pushed our way to the top. Once we hit the class 3- (really class two because the route is so well traversed) terrain, I made Scott lead the way. His first time walking off trail. He got us to the top!

Just in time for the sunrise as well! Stoked on the top out, Scott broke out his "victory apple". Yup, breakfast atop the highest peak in the Tahoe basin watching the sunrise... not too shabby!

As breakfast finished up, we signed the registry, packed our bags and I had to take some photos of wildflowers. 

Now that we had finished that break, we took off for the other two peaks. Cruising along, we just kept walking. Kinda laughing at ourselves, for this day was our rest day. As we slid down the beach on the south side of Jobs Sister, we headed for Jobs Peak, our last peak of the day. The lack of food, maybe the elevation, or really the lack of walking kinda hit Scott halfway up Jobs Peak. Sitting down for a few minutes helped him recoup and we pushed for the summit. It was 9:00 am.

We had topped out all three peaks and were ready to relax. So, kicking back, snacking a wee bit, and journaling is what we did. After a bit, we headed back to the van for a nap!

 

Climbing in the Emeralds

A collection of images from Kudos Kliff in the Emeralds near Bowman Lake

10 Favorite Images With Stories: from these past 6 months

 
 10) On a hike with two pups commonly photographed, Tipsy and Taco, and their mom, I became obsessed with the birdhouses all over the nature preserve. Combine that fascination with a lonely valley oak, I was in heaven. 

10) On a hike with two pups commonly photographed, Tipsy and Taco, and their mom, I became obsessed with the birdhouses all over the nature preserve. Combine that fascination with a lonely valley oak, I was in heaven. 

 9) At Llyod lake in Golden Gate park, I had the pleasure of capturing this lovely lady who specializes in Yin yoga. Watching her mindfully move her body along with her blocks brought an energy of understanding that I can not explain. Thank you for allowing me to capture you!

9) At Llyod lake in Golden Gate park, I had the pleasure of capturing this lovely lady who specializes in Yin yoga. Watching her mindfully move her body along with her blocks brought an energy of understanding that I can not explain. Thank you for allowing me to capture you!

 8) On a road from Santa Cruz to Ventura, I stopped in Pismo going both directions. One time surfing 8 foot waves, the other driving quickly away from the flatness. This town was an interesting combination of liberal beach vibes conflicted by conservative spaces. A place I will have to return to understand better!

8) On a road from Santa Cruz to Ventura, I stopped in Pismo going both directions. One time surfing 8 foot waves, the other driving quickly away from the flatness. This town was an interesting combination of liberal beach vibes conflicted by conservative spaces. A place I will have to return to understand better!

 7) Working up Duppy Conquer, 5.11c, at the Emeralds near Bowman Lake. A great climbing community of granite sport climbers. Fun to be atop routes, jugging up and down, taking images of those climbing hard!

7) Working up Duppy Conquer, 5.11c, at the Emeralds near Bowman Lake. A great climbing community of granite sport climbers. Fun to be atop routes, jugging up and down, taking images of those climbing hard!

 6) A classic site. Riding five on the nose seeking balance with the arms. His demeanor is smooth, calm, and calculated. 

6) A classic site. Riding five on the nose seeking balance with the arms. His demeanor is smooth, calm, and calculated. 

 5) Marie sitting on the ledge of Knob Hill. After finishing some multi-pitch and gear cleaning practice, we sat there for lunch to enjoy the views the Merced river has carved out over these past few years. I laugh at the thought of erroding away these granite cliffs only taking few years.

5) Marie sitting on the ledge of Knob Hill. After finishing some multi-pitch and gear cleaning practice, we sat there for lunch to enjoy the views the Merced river has carved out over these past few years. I laugh at the thought of erroding away these granite cliffs only taking few years.

 4) This mans beard is fierce, just like the his toes on the nose coming directly at me! Memorial weekend I had the privilege of capturing images for Santa Cruz Longboard Union's contest.

4) This mans beard is fierce, just like the his toes on the nose coming directly at me! Memorial weekend I had the privilege of capturing images for Santa Cruz Longboard Union's contest.

 3) It is hard to beat the fresh Yosemite Valley air created by these trees. I guess the water fall views and striking granite walls are just a plus. I snapped this image while talking with a buddy as we stared at El Cap in the other direction. There isn't much to say here other than we are spoiled to have a national park like Yosemite!

3) It is hard to beat the fresh Yosemite Valley air created by these trees. I guess the water fall views and striking granite walls are just a plus. I snapped this image while talking with a buddy as we stared at El Cap in the other direction. There isn't much to say here other than we are spoiled to have a national park like Yosemite!

 2) A youth climbing competition at Pacific Edge. One student of plastic stares at the other solving one of the problems.

2) A youth climbing competition at Pacific Edge. One student of plastic stares at the other solving one of the problems.

 1) Walking the cliffs of Steamer Lane, avoiding the paddle and jumping into the brisk water. Just happened to be in the afternoon with some gorgeous clouds. 

1) Walking the cliffs of Steamer Lane, avoiding the paddle and jumping into the brisk water. Just happened to be in the afternoon with some gorgeous clouds. 

Ropes and Big Rocks

After a little bit of time in Yosemite Valley, you are reminded how small you are in comparison to the world around us. Like ants crawling up splitter cracks, resting on ledges, and enjoying picnics above the tree line here are images from a recent trip to the Valley: 

Picnicking alone on Knob Hill:

Swan Slab (and yup my belayer cruxed out on the boulder):

The Grack and Misty Falls Trail