A lot has happened since our last post in May. We have many great photos from our previous trips ready to share. If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter you might have already seen a few. Here are some favorites from a trip in late April to Merced Lake and Clouds Rest.
I’ve been obsessed with the Cathedral Range these past couple months. This photo by Shawn Reeder got me excited to visit one particular peak in the Cathedral Range named Matthes Crest. It’s a mile long knife-edged fin about 3 hours south of the Tioga Road. I wanted to scout this area for photography before Sheldon arrived since I had never been. By surprise a friend of mine heard of my plans and partnered up with me to climb the Traverse from South to North on Matthes Crest. Along the way we also climbed the Southeast Buttress of Cathedral Peak. Both are aesthetic routes in Tuolumne that are super fun 5.6 climbing. That day set the pace for the rest of the trip.
The next couple days Sheldon and I shot together in Tuolumne. On the day of the eclipse we hiked Lembert Dome which is just 1 to 2 miles from the Permit Station. The location is high enough to overlook all of Tuolumne Meadows. We shot through the night and the next morning we packed everything up for our next adventure. For day three we returned to the Cathedral Range to capture what I had seen on day one of the trip. It took roughly three hours to reach Cathedral Peak with all our gear by taking the Cathedral Peak Trail. We setup some shots there and took the time to think about where the best place would be to view sunset. It was a nice day and the clouds rolling over looked like they would be sticking around. We wanted to have the best view possible since what we were seeing would make for a spectacular sunset. Cockscomb seemed to be the highest place in our area and not too far. We hiked up a rocky slope to Echo Peaks and then a little higher to the summit of Cockscomb.
Our bodies were exhausted but at this point we’d reached our destination and it was time to start working. Despite how little sleep we get sometimes it’s the excitement of capturing something beautiful that keeps us going. It’s all or nothing if we want to capture the best of what nature has to offer. In the end we were happy we’d busted our butts and captured something we’ll never forget. This sums up our experiences in Tuolumne for those 3 days but there is still much to catch up on. Until then keep an eye out for any more photos we might upload to Facebook.