This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to visit Yosemite National Park in California. I’ve dreamed of visiting this place since I was a child, and especially so in the last year and a half since climbing has become such an impactful part of my life. After all, it is where modern rock climbing as we know it basically got started.
When a longing for some place or some mental state pervades one’s imagination for so long, it’s easy to become obsessive, easy to overhype it, and ultimately easy to be disappointed. Despite having been lucky enough to explore some truly massive rocks and mountains in my life so far, and never having been disappointed, I was still cautious, trying to stay grounded, and not let my imagination run amuck with unrealistic expectations. But honestly, there is simply no expectation for the landscape that comprises Yosemite Valley and the surrounding area that can compare to the feeling of being there, that feeling of sublime, because it truly doesn’t feel real.
It’s the sort of place that makes you wonder what else is out there, on our planet, in the solar system, etc, and where it all came from.
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This how we normally spent the evenings while tent camping. Hanging out in the hammocks reading books until it was time to make dinner.
I would have to say Eno hammocks were essential for our road trip. It is the only thing that we could easily set up and relax in. We put them up before we even set up the tent. Then if we went out hiking we brought those instead of chairs because of the lightness of them. I bought the double Eno hammock because I love being able to sprawl out in it. .
Reflecting on this trip it is easy to forget what we did with all the time we had. I know one thing I took for granted during the four months was how slow we could do things. We were never rushed to go anywhere. It was heaven rolling out of the tent in the morning to make coffee and sit in the chilly mountain air with nowhere we had to go. .
After #nyc my favorite place in USA (what a contrast 🤭)🇺🇸 I’ve been lucky enough to be there twice in two years. This day I’ll remember forever ⛰ Me and my friends hiked all the way to the Glacier point. Started our morning with fruit leftovers from Chinatown in San Francisco, chocolate spread on 0% sugar Walmart bread, big cup of coffee from Half Dome Village dining (very important thing in this story ☝🏻) and we hit the road. Mist trail to Vernal Fall. From Vernal Fall to Nevada Fall. From there through “bear land” to the top. Glacier point. Except that the view was BREATHTAKING (literally), my legs were on fire, I lost my lungs somewhere between the bushes and there were still four miles down the hill (and we didn’t know we’re about to miss the last bus to the Yosemite Village🤷🏼♀️), we realized we kinda counted WRONG the miles. So from 14 miles in total actually was 22🙋🏼♀️😅 Not gonna lie, I almost (read I did) cried, but I would do this again and again. Every single year! 🌎 Picture taken by the Vernal Fall on June 18 2018 💚 #yosemite#yosemitenationalpark#np#hobbitland#californialiving#california#cali#wanderlust#travel#adventure#hike#liveoutdoors#explorecalifornia#naturephotography#nature#nature_lovers#landscapephotography#photography#instagood#waterfall#mist#rainbow#friends
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Two years ago my wife and I packed up everything we owned, put the house in the market in Seattle and set off for Minnesota, but not before taking a trip south to one of my favorite places in the world . . . Yosemite!!
Yosemite at 2450 ft is the highest waterfall in North America and amongst the highest in the world. It is an amazing sight where you can track water falling from top to bottom for a few seconds. You will have an idea of its height by the way water sways to sides and back a few times before hitting the bottom. This main attraction of Yosemite National Park can vary in flow from a thunderous downpour in spring to a trickle by fall.
If we were made in the image of the One who created THIS then we have A LOT of creativity on the inside of us.
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What does Yosemite mean to you? My understanding of Yosemite has evolved over the last three years, which I have spent photographing its lakes. In all that time I have been to the valley just once, during my first hike to Lost Lake, which is tucked away behind Half Dome. Through my conversations with people about my project I have come to realize that for most folks Yosemite is the valley, and maybe Tuolumne, and for a few there are the John Muir Tail and the Pacific Crest Trail corridors. That leaves the bulk of the park overlooked by the vast majority of people. This image sums up the Yosemite I have come to know, the Yosemite beyond the valley. Resting at the top of the aptly named Buena Vista Crest, on my cross country route from the Hoover Lakes basin to Givens Lake, I took in this view over two of the three Hoover Lakes to the backside of Half Dome peaking out around the shoulder of Mount Starr King. I was nearing the end of a 35 mile backpacking trip during which I would see only two other people, and here I was with a view of one of the park’s most iconic features. The impossible grandeur of the valley is truly astounding, but I prefer the quiet expanses of wilderness beyond. Spending days on end immersed in a world of lakes, trees, mountains, sky and no other people brings the world into perspective like no other experience I have had. For me this is the meaning of Yosemite, a place outside of modern life, a place beyond the noise of the day to day, a place to reflect on what is truly important.
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