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I spent the winter of 1980 winter camping and backpacking Yosemite's High Sierra from the first day of January to the end of May. Often when back in Yosemite Valley I would go out to El Cap Meadow and lay on my back in the snow covered grass and stare up and look at and watch the climbers on El Cap. Or go to Mirror Lake and watch climbers on Half Dome. I even carried and used a 1250mm Celestron mirror telescope to see the climbers from a view that would be like Mr Spock on the Star Trek;the Motion Picture as he hoved near Capt Kirk in his jet boots. A 1250mm lens makes everything 25 times closer. Plus at times I added a 2x converter and mounted it on my 35mm camera. I used to have hundreds of images of men and a few women climbing many of the walls in Yosemite.
I spent much of the winter, backpacking, postholing and camping in my VE24 and sleeping soundly in my EMS -30 degree bag. That bag was toasty! Hard to climb out of on a cold frosty morning at places like Tenaya Lake, on top of Glacier Point, Clouds Rest, Little Yosemite Valley,Olmstead Point, the saddle between Half Dome and Clouds Rest, and many other high country areas I could snow shoe, cross country ski or have to use full boot crampons and a ice ax to cross frozen lakes and ice covered snow in big meadows.
Okay, initially I wanted to ask, to all you climbers out there in Trailspaceland, how does what Alex has done affect you? In the 5 months I lived in Yosemite, I would spend time in the Climber Camp at Camp 4/Sunnyside and listen to them rant about other climbers. They thought I was a crazy 24 year old, wanting nothing to do but wander the high country in the depths of winter. And I thought they were crazy for wanting to climb.