Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Experience
I have enjoyed climbing around the world for almost 30 years and have loved the mountain world all my life. Here are some notable climbs I have done:
My husband and I have climbed many, many routes in Yosemite National Park and on the spectacular east side of the Sierra Nevada, such as at Owens River Gorge. We sometimes climb at Joshua Tree National Park and have climbed at The Needles in the Southern Sierra Nevada. We have also climbed in North Carolina and Colorado. I can generally climb routes rated 5.10 and a sometimes 5.11.
Some of my routes in Yosemite:
Sacherer Cracker, East Buttress of Middle Cathedral, Central Pillar of Frenzy, Free Blast on Salathe Wall of El Capitan, East Buttress of El Capitan, Arrowhead Arete, Outer Limits, Fairview Dome, Ciebola, Quicksilver, The Good Book, Lunatic Fringe, Serenity Crack, Maxine's Wall, Wheat Thin, etc.
We have also climbed at the these areas in Europe: Frankenjura, Pfaltz, the lovely granite cracks on the south face of Aiguille du Midi, other Mont Blanc climbs such as Aiguille de l'M, Dolomiti area, Cima Piccolisima, Sella Tower, Arco and Lago di Garda area, Kaisergebirge, and Switzerland in the Grindelwald area. We have also climbed near Transacqua, Italy with our friend Manolo (Maurizio Zanolla).
Electric Ladyland - VI, 5.10a, A4 - Washington Column (across the Valley from Half Dome), Yosemite Valley. This is considered one of the most difficult aid routes in Yosemite. My husband and I climbed it in 5 days during a heat wave and ran out of water. Memorable!
Zodiac - VI, 5.7, A2- El Capitan, Yosemite Valley. Our team of three tried to climb this during the hottest 4th of July period on record at that time (1990s). We got halfway up the route and had to descend due to the heat and lack of water. This was my first "big wall". I don't enjoy aid climbing, so try to avoid it.
Mount Shasta - 14,179 ft (4,322 m) - Northern California volcano with a huge vertical rise (9,822 ft / 2,994 m) and noted for its severe weather. We climbed the Sargeant's Ridge route and had to dig snow caves for shelter due to high winds. This was my first mountain climbing route.
Mount Rainier - 14,411 feet (4,392 m) - near Seattle, Washington. We climbed the Liberty Ridge route after a big storm that claimed the lives of three other climbers. The vertical rise of this mountain is 13,211 ft (4,027 m). This was my second mountain climb.
Pisco - Cordillera Blanca, Peru - 18,871 ft (5,752 m). My husband and I climbed this in preparation for an attempt on Huascarán. This was my third mountain climb.
Nevado Huascarán Sur - 22,205 ft (6,768 m). Our high point on this mountain was about 6,000m at "The Shield". Our team had to turn back before the summit due to bronchial illness.
Mont Blanc - 15,782 ft (4,810.45 m) - Climbed to summit at dawn via the Gouter Route, then descended via the traverse of Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc du Tacul back to our campsite in the Vallee Blanche. Weather was hot, so the traverse during the day was spooky with wildly-tilted melting seracs. Someone took my eyeglasses at the Gouter Hut when we were setting off for the summit, so I had to do the entire climb without them. This made the climb more difficult for me, as I am "legally blind" without them.
Grossglockner - 12,460 ft (3,798 m) - Climbed via the Pallavicini Couloir. Second-largest vertical rise in the Alps after Mont Blanc: 7,949 ft (2,423 m). This was my first ice climbing route. Fantastic ice quality!
Monte Rosa - 15,203 ft (4,634 m) - My son and I climbed it with a friend who is a local mountain guide in Alagna-Valsesia.
Mount Whitney - 14,505 ft (4,421 m) - This is the highest peak in the continental US (excluding Alaska) and has a huge vertical rise of 10,080 ft (3,072 m). My husband and I climbed the classic East Face.
Mount Sill - 14,159 ft (4,316 m) - Swiss Arête route, 5.7. This a beautiful mountain in the Pallisades area of the Sierra Nevada just north of the Mt. Whitney area.
Gokyo Ri -17 575ft (5357 m) - This peak near Gokyo Lake in the Khumbu region of Nepal has great views of Cho Oyu and Mount Everest. I climbed it in 2008 during a Khumbu trek with a group of scientists and land managers from New Zealand.