Yosemite National Park – Tenaya Lake


The Tioga Road passes the trail head for May Lake, then Olmstedt Point, Tenaya Lake, and the climbing venues on the Stately Pleasure Dome and Pywiack Dome.

May Lake, 2019.

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Mount Hoffman, from the trail to May Lake

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View southeast, from the trail to May Lake. Cathedral Peak (left) and Echo Peaks (right)

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View from the trail to May Lake

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Extreme telephoto view of Vogelsang Peak, from the trail to May Lake

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May Lake and Mt. Hoffman

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May Lake

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May Lake

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View of Half Dome, from a pull-out on the way to Olmstedt Point. X marks the spot where the Cable route to the summit begins. Figures can just barely be made out.

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Red crossbills

Olmstedt Point.

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Glacier-polished slabs

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same as above

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Glacier-ground slabs

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same as above

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Sierra juniper

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Chipmunk

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Lizard

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Pine cones drip sap

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Mob scene, Sept. 2019

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Potholes

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Pika

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Sierra juniper

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same as above

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same as above

Views to the west.

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Clouds Rest Peak is seen on the left, the Quarter Domes in the center, and Half Dome on the right

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Clouds Rest Peak is a bastion of granite. At its right extremity are the Quarter Domes

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Clouds Rest Peak

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Half Dome, with Mt. Watkins in the right foreground

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Half Dome and cars, at Olmstedt Point

Views to the east.

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A wide-angle view from the summit of a small dome that sits above Olmstedt Point. Tenaya Lake is to the right, with a snowy Mt. Conness in the distance. Immediately to the left of Tenaya Lake is a formation named “The Stately Pleasure Dome” (SPD), by climbers. And the small dome seen just beyond Tenaya Lake is Pywiack Dome.

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Telephoto view of the SPD, with climbers seen near both the top and bottom of the photo. The open book facing the camera is a route known as the Great White Book.

Tenaya Lake and the Stately Pleasure Dome.

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Tenaya Lake

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Tenaya Lake

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The Great White Book, on the SPD

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Climbers on the Great White Book route

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Climber free-soloing the Great White Book route. His left hand reaches into his chalk bag.

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Another route on the SPD. Runners and carabiners connect his rope to protection pieces placed into the crack to his side.

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Friction climbing on the SPD

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Same as above. The tan areas are glacier polish.

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same as above

Pywiack Dome.

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Sierra juniper

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Friction climbing. The figure at the left is rappelling down.

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same as above

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same as above

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This route follows  a system of dikes

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Rappelling from the top of the slab

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Tree in pothole

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Granite slab, forest and cliffs

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Curved overhang

Here is the link to the next post: https://believesteve.org/2020/01/02/yosemite-national-park-tuolomne-meadows/

Tuolomne Meadows, which is located just a few miles up the road.

 

 

 

 

 

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447 I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id12449222822. 2. Coyote Buttes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201 3. Four Cornered, the Land: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 5. Rio Marañon: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 6. Rio Grande: https://books.apple.com/us/book/rio-grande-new-mexico/id1469126321
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