We Found Our Twins!
Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
57Trip End May 2010
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We did, however, meet our twins in this beautiful destination, Meaghan and Braden.
Meaghan and Braden are taking close to 18 months off from their lives in Salt Lake City, UT, as engineers to travel across the western US on a climbing adventure, followed by an international trip over to Asia. They were in Indian Creek the same time we were and have hit many of the same climbing destinations between then and when we met them. They are also planning to be in Nepal the same time as us so we're thinking of joining our team up with them to do the Annapurna Circuit with them. Also a strange coincidence: Lindsey's middle name is Megan and as a child, she always thought she was more a Megan than a Lindsey. Lindsey's parents named her after a guy friend of theirs and Meaghan's parents were thinking about naming her Lindsey except that there was this short bald neighbor guy named Lindsey and they thought it would be too weird to name their child the same name!
We climbed with our twins in the Owens River Gorge for a couple days during the Memorial Day Weekend (AKA Mule Days) but took our own excursions as well. We spent one day hiking up in the Bishop Pass area, checking out real estate in the Bishop area, and bouldering at the Buttermilks.
(We're still trying to pull these pictures off a disposable camera we used while our camera was on the fritz)
We also spent a day up at Mt. Whitney. I'm sure most of you already know this, but in case you don't, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48. Standing at 14,495 feet, this peak and its sisters, (Keeler's Needle and others), are often rendered as the Patagonia of the Eastern Sierra.
The Mt. Whitney range, a little Patagonia
Ben climbed Mt. Whitney car-to-car in 10 hours while Lindsey took her own excursion to all the side lakes and met up with Ben about 6.5 miles up the trail to greet him on his successful return from the summit.
Ben at the Summit of Mt. Whitney
Lindsey by Mirror Lake with Thor Peak in the background (we were eyeing the many gorgeous alpine routes on this baby for sure!)
While Mt. Whitney isn't as spectacular as Mt. Rainier back home in terms of its sheer mass or setting, Mt. Whitney certainly wins in terms of its quality of granite. Most summits of peaks are topped with choss, but the type of choss you see on Whitney's summit is large, perfect granite boulders the size of cars. The pure rock climbs in the Mt. Whitney area are some of the best alpine granite in the world!
Fishook Arete, one of the famous alpine climbs here
Beyond Mt. Whitney lies the granite peaks and domes of the Eastern Sierra. From Mt. Whitney in the South to Mammoth in the North, there is year-round climbing of all types, including perfect alpine routes, bolted sport routes, trad crags, and world-class bouldering It's is a rock climber's wet dream!! Can you blame us for checking out the real estate?
We headed north from Bishop on our way to Yosemite with a stop off at Clark Canyon just north of Mammoth. When we pulled into the meadows, I can't say we were all that surprised to see our twins' grey and blue van in the climbers' meadow.
The van with Mammoth area snowy peaks in the background
We were super excited to see them again though! We switched partners for a day and Meaghan and Lindsey took turns leading pitch after pitch of beautiful sport climbs, 11 routes in total, which Braden and Ben sampled the quality routes there, easy and hard, and even tackled a 5.12b!
Lindsey leading up one of the many multi-starred, moderate climbs in Clark Canyon
The foursome returned to the meadows that day fully satisfied, and we celebrated together by playing Frisbee in the meadows, with wigs on our heads and beers in our hands, and Scrabble at night. What a blast we had with these guys and we hope they get off their butts and join us in the Wind Rivers in July!
Meaghan and Braden enjoying the Frisbee in the Clark Canyon climbers' meadows
Lindsey at Mono Lake
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Where I stayed
Free camping all over!