We met everyone at the Wawona Group Camp on New Year's Eve. It was cold but the roaring campfire kept us warm until midnight and beyond.
Michael being michael
The next morning we all headed up to Badger Pass to hike into Dewey Point for a couple days of snowcamping.
Robin is on her first snowcamping trip - but looked like a pro.
David was the only one on skis
It seems that with snowcamping, all lightweight backpacking techniques are tossed out the door.
Pavla and Karen discuss GPSing
The functioning outhouse at Summit meadow. You know the snow isn't very deep right now - I've seen this nearly buried.
Heading out glacier point road.
Grooming and tracks - skate skis and boots.
We turn off the road to head out to dewey point.
2.5 miles along nice rolling terrain. Really easy on snowshoes
Down the well-stomped trail. It snowed a couple of days prior and it still coats the trees.
About half a mile in the terrain is still flat and really easy. It's so beautiful out today!
Part of our group
We make it to camp, about 1/4 mile back from Dewey Point, in the early afternoon.
After setting up the tents the guys get to work on our enormous kitchen
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Michael and Greg check the recline angle of the seats. Has to be perfect.
David and our home for the night.
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Let the lounging around begin.
It snowed briefly then began to clear. We took the short walk over to the Rim from camp - El Cap pokes out as the clouds clear.
Looking back on camp
Paige and I head out to a nearby point as the sky clears
Nor Cal Hikers city
Heading out to the next point. Can you see half dome?
Sun starts to hit El Cap while the high country remains shrouded in clouds
Half Dome starts to emerge from the clouds as well
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Me, all bundled up in my fleece and GoreTex
Sun is on Half dome now - it's peeking out from behind Sentinel Dome
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