Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Night 267

Hi and welcome back!

This is LRC's dad, your guest blogger for the day.

LRC, Mark Smiley, and his wife Janelle are making their way up Royal Arches as I write this.  Cell coverage in Yosemite Valley is spotty at best, and I'm trying to post from my phone, so I won't be able to upload any photos for the time being.

After waking up at 6:30 and having some breakfast, Mark and Lyle sorted the gear they would need for the day while Janelle shot some video footage.  We left the Smiley's site in Upper Pines Campground about 9:00, and they roped up for the first pitch--a 5.6 chimney rumored to be the crux of the route--shortly after 10:00.

Janelle led the first pitch, followed by Lyle and then Mark.  At that point they disappeared from view.


  1. Congratulations on an awesome accomplishment, we are proud of you!

    I hope there are cool pics, can't wait to hear all about it.

    Your mom was very calm today, for real!!!

    Zanne, Bill, Addison and Anna

  2. Thanks! You'll be the first to see the pictures and hear about it when we're back in town. After mom, EMC and JAC, of course!

    Dad said he doesn't believe you that mom was calm.