Camping in Yosemite can be a real nightmare. If you plan to arrive during the peak summer season and like most climbers have not reserved your camp site months in advance your maximum stay at Camp Four will likely be seven days. Park Rangers strictly enforce the 7 day rule. You can get around it if your lucky but this will envolve a constant game of cat and mouse with the Park Rangers. Freedom camping is basically not an option in the Valley.
The snow is lightly falling as we sit in the wardens quarters of Homer Hut with Al Uren, Al Walker, Jimmy, Shelagh and Keara. The fire is cranked up and our bags are packed for a 12.45 am wake up call. We have three bottles of wine open and they are going down nicely as we sit by the warm fire talking and soaking up the Darrans atmosphere. Shelagh is a university lecturer and is researching motivating factors for climbers and how those climbers socialise within the climbing community. Our discussion comes around to the bond between climbing partners.
Team members Jono Clarke, Daniel Joll & Steven Fortune will be heading to Patagonia for a five week expedition starting 1st December 2013. They are hoping to make a second ascent of the line Hayden Kennedy and Jason Kruk climbed in 2012 on Cerro Torre.
Here is a photo essay of previous Patagonia expeditions team members have taken part in. Patagonia is an inspiring location to visit and climb in.