how did you 5 weeks of leave?!

USA Itinerary 5 weeks !! YEAH BABY! I’m pretty excited that this is finally happening… above is a screenshot of my route that i’m hoping to complete which starts in Los Angeles, all the way to Utah and back. The idea of this strip began in 2005 when i was in Year 12.

I started getting into the outdoor adventures and had a copy of the Kathmandu clothing catalogue. every year they did a location photoshoot and that year’s theme was “California Dreaming”. There was a page or two of one of their models who was a climber bouldering in Camp 4 in Yosemite …. all i knew was that the dude was bouldering on this super tall rock that had a lightning bolt on it… i said to myself, one day i want to go to Yosemite and see that lightning bolt in person….fast forward a year or two and i got into bouldering … was cleaning my room one day and flicking through old Kathmandu catalogues and saw that page again with the photo of the boulder and lightning bolt…but this time i knew what i was looking at … it was Midnight Lightning (V8/9) the epicly classic boulder problem. I remember telling my best mate Yi at the time, we have to go to the states to boulder, we have to go to Yosemite…. that was brewing for a few years and as povo uni students… we embarked on adventures elsewhere instead …. i remember the year that Yi started at his full time job and i was still jobless … we entertained the idea of going to Yosemite however the time we wanted to go was also Yi’s busy period at work …. we said we’d try again next year… lucky me the next year i landed a job and moved to WA …. again we entertained the idea but we both just got into relationships, i blew my right knee and came back to Melbourne in August for a Grampians trip …. and blew my other knee …. definitely wasn’t a good year for me … the year after (2013) was a busy year at work for me and i the thought of taking time off didn’t even cross my mind….even so i didn’t feel experienced enough as a climber and wanted to be able to climb as well as boulder if i was going to make it all the way to the states…. that leaves this year … 2014 …. i thought … now or never … plus the role i’m in this year is slightly less demanding so why not… going between Sep 14 to Oct 16 been doing some preparation and man is Yosemite busy! i’m planning to stay at Camp 4 but read that you have to line up around 6:30am as the ranger gives out site permits around 8am… as i’ll be getting there in the arvo, i’ll just stay in another campground for the night …. did a search for camp site for that night in Yosemite Valley and there were only 2 sites available …. 2!!!!  crazy huh! anyways can’t wait …. the plan is:

  • Yosemite NP
  • Zion National Park
  • Fisher Towers
  • Arches National Park
  • Indian Creek
  • Monument Valley
  • Slot Canyons in Arizona
  • Grand Canyon
  • back to LA

there are lot of places i want to see in that short period of time so hopefully i’ll be able to squeeze in as much as i can … climbing, bouldering, walks, photos and car camping! WOOO!


About peetiez

I'm 24 and from Melbourne. =D
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