Climbing in Tuolumne Meadows

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Climbing in the Tuolumne Meadows

A Sample Of Tuolumne Domes

How about "The Coming?" I waited for a reaction. "That's pretty good." "See, it's near Chartres and sorta fits with the spiritual connotations of the cathedral. How about it? Isn't 'coming' spiritual?"

Tuolumne Meadows is one of the better places to play the route-naming game, and Bob Kamps is one of the better people to play the game with. He is good because he has had practice: practice at Yosemite, Tahquitz, the Needles in South Dakota, Tuolumne Meadows and elsewhere. So much practice in fact, that one wonders if he climbs new routes only to name them; especially when he suggests names before the climb is done! We were trying to decide on a name for a new route we had just completed on a dome in Tuolumne. We finally decided on The Coming. This was a typical name for a rock-climbing route in the sixties—a name with a double meaning and provocative connotations. And not only was the name fashionable, so was the climb. The route had been hard and entirely without aid. Of the many new climbs in Tuolumne Meadows, only one is not free.

While Yosemite Valley is undoubtedly the finest area for rock climbing in all of Yosemite Park, the climbs in nearby Tuolumne Meadows have certain advantages over those in the Valley. For one thing, Tuolumne is at least 10° to 20° cooler in the summer. There are very few climbers who do not consider this an advantage. (Chuck Pratt is perhaps the sole exception. Some climbers contend that Chuck is so fond of hot weather that he has never seen snow and knows what ice looks like only because it comes with cokes.)