What is climbing all about? Pretty hard to say. I won't try to explain it here.

Here are short lists of my favorite climbs in Tuolumne Meadows

and Yosemite Valley. Soon to come, Squamish.

And here are some climbing shots from days gone by. I started climbing in 1973 with Jay Bolemon and Allen Mathews. We lived in Florida at the time and made our trips (14 hours one way) to North Carolina's Linville Gorge and Georgia's Yonah Mountain. Got the climbing bug in a big way and by 1976 was making an annual summer climbing road trip, usually to Yosemite. Had lots of great climbing adventures with Paul Doherty (now at the Exploratorium), Bill Frey (we went climbing twice while in Florida, he dropped out of school at the University of Florida and moved to Yosemite for 10 years) and Steve Mitchell (U Washington Math).

CrackerJack on Table Rock North Carolina 1976 (?)

Gemini Cracks, Looking Glass, NC 1975ish

Bastille Crack, Eldorado Canyon 1980 MB Climbing with Kevin McKinley

Index, WA 1985

Steve Mitchell, Grand Wall, Squamish Chief 1988

Alex, Great Circle Route, Tuolumne Meadows

Paul, Shadow of Doubt, Tuolumne Meadows

Steve Mitchell, Little Sheba, 1991, Tuolumne Meadows

North Face Hallet's Peak, RMNP 1980

Paul Doherty, Gill Route, Baxter's Lost Pinnacle 1980

The Mummy, Linville Gorge, NC, 1981

On rappel somewhere in Joshua Tree, 1985

Looking like a 70's climber in 1979

Bill Frey in an earlier life, Yonah Mt, Georgia 1978

Brother John, Yonah Mt, Georgia 1978

Brother John, The Daddy, Linville Gorge 1977

Frances setting climbing fashion trends, Puppy Dome, Tuolumne Meadows,

Michael Bolte- bolte@ucolick.org