Since my valley season is starting on Monday, I decided that I’d go ahead and contribute a little gallery from last year. I got invited to climb in Yosemite Valley with my first climbing mentor, and go figure it landed right on my birthday–July 7th!
This was my first climb in Yosemite valley, and I couldn’t have chosen a better introduction. The climbing is classic, and totally underrated, so while people are down in the valley fighting over Nutcracker and After Six you can instead embark on a gorgeous, although somewhat long, hike to North Dome. We hiked in from Porcupine Flats off the 120 and it offers some of the best views of the valley, and definitely the best view of Half Dome.
It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear! -Anthony de Mello