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#14629 - 03/23/05 04:52 PM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: intrepid02]
Jannette Offline

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Registered: 10/03/00
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Loc: Gardiner, NY
Have you thought about dragging your husband up Snake Dike (5.7)?

Are you offering to watch my kids while I climb with my husband? ;-)

Jannette

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#14630 - 03/23/05 05:25 PM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: chazman]
Chas Offline
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Registered: 03/22/01
Posts: 1754
Loc: Flagstaff
Sunnyside Jamcrack,... thats the name. The 5.9 is for the esecond pitch (which goes just above Bummer and Lazy Bum). It is very polished but if you have decent technique (hand jamming) it is easy 5.7. If you don't hand jam that well, then all bets are off.

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#14631 - 03/24/05 07:30 AM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: Chas]
Alex Offline
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Registered: 08/16/00
Posts: 192
The above advice is all good, but please consider the "Gollum, Right Side" a 5.8 just right of the Nose of El Cap. It's not a far walk and not a bad climb, with great presence and power looming above. AND, they can always thenafter brag about having climbed on El Cap. Plus there's the easier option of "The Footstool" 5.2 or 5.8 just to the right. Both have great ledges for a picnic while soaking up the vibes. (There are some good 1 pitches left of the Nose but maybe a bit too tough)

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#14632 - 03/24/05 07:44 AM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: Alex]
Alex Offline
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Oops, I reread your post. The kids might be too young for Gollum. But "The Footstool, Right" would be the ticket. It's just a bit harder than 5.2. Then you can toprope the 5.8 or the harder center routes.

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#14633 - 03/24/05 02:32 PM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: Alex]
MarcC Offline
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Registered: 07/10/00
Posts: 3532
Remember that if you're going to do climbs at the base of El Cap, it is critical that everyone wears a helmet at all times. All kinds of stuff gets dropped off the walls all the time. While putting on his harness at the base of the Nose, my partner was hit with a short -thick Lost Arrow piton that was dropped by the party on The Shield, 15 pitches above. It gave a pretty nasty bruise on his arm. I've also found biners, food cans, other misc gear, a camera, and a boom box at the base of El Cap.
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#14634 - 03/24/05 02:44 PM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: MarcC]
Arms Offline
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Registered: 12/23/99
Posts: 1763
Loc: WV, near NRG and Seneca
I found an exploded poop tube. Shards of PVC everywhere. The same day a bowlingball-size chunk came off the top. It made an impressive sound on the way down. I think something like that would just turn you into a red spray.
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#14635 - 03/24/05 05:16 PM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: Jannette]
CrackBoy Offline
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Registered: 02/06/02
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Loc: Republic of Davis
depending on the days you come out,, i may be able to coe down and rope gun a little for you if you wanted.. but my summer is a little booked right now (ie wedding, honeymoon, studying for qualifying exams) so i can't promise anything this far in advance.
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#14636 - 03/26/05 12:20 AM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: CrackBoy]
chip Offline
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Registered: 10/06/01
Posts: 2676
Loc: Sittin' Pretty in Fat City
Snake dike is cool but not for the faint of heart. Even following the crux leaves one looking at a pretty impressive swing off an improbbable looking slab. The above pitches are all easy, fun and no gear between belay anchors on 5.4 terrain.
There are baby sitting services available in the valley.

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#14637 - 03/26/05 02:39 AM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: chip]
pedestrian Offline
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 2244
Loc: a heavily fortified bunker!
Are there some things were you can put your kids in a guided group climb (so they can meet other kids) while Jannette & hubby go do multipitch?

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#14638 - 03/26/05 09:36 PM Re: Yosemite with the family [Re: pedestrian]
chip Offline
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Registered: 10/06/01
Posts: 2676
Loc: Sittin' Pretty in Fat City
The Awanechee (sp?) village and museum has some impressive courses for kids which go all day. Wish they would let me in!

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