2 Men ski down Yosemite’s Clouds Rest
You read that right. For the first time, the north slope of Clouds Rest was skied by Jason Torlano and Jonathan Blair. According to the Fresno Bee, the two hiked up the Mist Trail on January 15, each with 30-pound packs and provisions for 3 nights. They reached Clouds Rest at nightfall and camped. The peak is a tad under 10,000 feet and they were exposed to a windy night. They accomplished the unthinkable most of the next day.
If you’ve looked at the Tenaya Canyon from Half Dome, it’s easy to see why even hiking in that area is taboo. It’s very steep and sits about 5,000 feet above the valley. Their trip down was estimated at 55 degrees in spots. An X-Games winner for sure. (The cables at Half Dome are 45 degrees.) During their harrowing trip down, they had to stop and rappel down around several cliffs using their climbing gear.
Pretty amazing feat. Just getting to the top in deep snow conditions is an accomplishment. Then consider that Tenaya Canyon is known for avalanches. Torlando hails from Foresta and Blair from South Lake Tahoe. Both are advanced skiers and climbers. Wow.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.” – Rodney Dangerfield
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