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Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby danglingdingle » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:32 pm

Hi all,

I have a vague idea of going to the west coast of the US on a month trip next year.

I was wondering if anyone has done this sort of thing, and am looking for advise.

First is How to get there?

Second is When to go?

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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby Old Smelly » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:59 am

Yosemite - Autumn!

High summer - hot sticky and mozzies - particularly in Tuolomne meadows
Really, its not that bad...I think it's my shoes...

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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby danglingdingle » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:16 am

Thanks for the reply,

September, October then?

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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby clickbutt » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:42 am

Been doing my own research for a trip.

Travel: You can rent a car or catch a bus. Once in Yosemite you can take the free public transport pretty much anywhere you need to go.

Time: September is probably the best month, but you will also get all the peak crowds. So end of Sept, early Oct might be best. End of October might already be too cold with snow.

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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby danglingdingle » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:53 am

Any idea of flight arrangements?

Is it best to fly into LAX?

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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby Old Smelly » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:48 am

First time I used buses from San Francisco to somewhere in the middle of nowhere and from there a bus to the park gates. That works ok if you are able to carry everything. You could greyhound to where the local buses go from. Maybe Oakdale? (Too long ago)

Otherwise everything in the states is easier with a car.
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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby andywood » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:14 pm

San Francisco is closest. Busses are irregular - if possible hire a car. When you're in the park you'll find that it's a long way from Camp 4 to the meadow at the base of El Cap and that Royal Arches or Half Dome are even further. Fresno is the nearest major town and where you'll buy your food. I've gone in mid-summer and found it hot, but not unbearable. The benefit is that El Cap's popular routes empty out and you can have The Nose all to yourself if you're lucky.

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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby mikej » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:35 pm

No point to fly into LAX on any climbing trip. If you're going to Joshua Tree, fly into Vegas and drive. Vegas cars/flights/hotels are super cheap. If you're going to Yosemite, fly into SF as previously advised.

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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby robertbreyer » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:52 am

check out http://www.supertopo.com
buy the Yosemite guide. invaluable.
supertopo gives you a good overview of numerous the Western US climbing areas.
best place to fly into is SFO.
Tuolumne is perfect in summer.
Yosemite autumn.
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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby Old Smelly » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:34 am

Nowhere is actually far in the valley...anything is easily walked. If you are carrying all your gear for a big wall then that is another problem, but there are buses in the valley too. Half dome and the likes are easy walks across flat ground to their bases. It all depends on what you are doing.

Tuolomne meadows is quite far away though, but well worth the visit. If your sole goal is to do Big wall then you need to plan accordingly. Otherwise rather travel fast and light and get to see the scenes.

Oh and by the way: AID IS NOT CLIMBING!
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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby Warren G » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:23 pm

When we went we took a 38 hour bus ride from Austin, Texas to Fresno, then another couple hours to the Valley: I've done this so you don't have to.

We went in September and is was excellent -if a little busy. From what I have gathered Camp 4 is bigger now meaning even more climbers. You'll want to do the classics like Snake dyke and Nutcracker but expect company.

What these famous climbing areas overseas have taught me is:
1. We have fantastic rock
2. Queuing is not climbing, and certainly no fun.
3. We have fantastic rock.

I have started to wonder if we don't simply have an inferiority complex about our position on Earth: that we will spend R20-30k for a month of peak season climbing somewhere famous, but how many Saffas who have been to Yosemite have also been to Spitzkoppe, Mulanje, Zimbabwe, Mozambique or the other amazing places we have closer to home? I have a theory that Capetonians know more about London than Jo'burg or Durban, and I think this is the same thing. I would love to spend a month in Spitzkoppe but it would be easier to find company for Yosemite. Crazy!

Having said all of this Yosemite is amazing, and one of the saddest days of my climbing career was leaving that place. The same can not be said for Tonsai.
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Re: Yosemite, and the west coast

Postby danglingdingle » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:23 pm

Thanks For all the reply's All very useful.

I have an opportunity to take a long epic trip next year, Yosemite seemed like a good idea.

@ Warren I'll take you up on spittskoppe any time dude. An amazing place.

Kevin


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