The first snow has fallen and summer is officially over. The store and campground in Tuolumne closed weeks ago. The granite domes are now empty, no longer occupied by the summer flock of climbers.
The Meadows are a wonderful semi-alpine escape from the heat of Yosemite Valley. High elevation grants reasonable temps from June until October. The landscape, wide and varied, strikes a beautiful contrast to the vast walls of Yosemite proper. It was another fun summer in the Meadows, but most of my focused energy was on the Hulk, so I did more exploration and socializing than serious rock climbing. I was fortunate to climb OZ and the Gram Traverse, check out the exciting Inverted Staircase, and do a lap on Tenaya Peak, Stately Pleasure Dome, and many others. I got to explore my slab climbing weakness and hike up to the extraordinary Blues Riff. With a few more areas explored, I’m even more curious to get off the beaten track in Tuolumne.
Here are some photos from my various weekends in TM: