Zee Tree

August 31, 2014

I will never EVER ever forget Zee Tree.  There is a laundry lists of first that happened that day, but mainly, most notably, it was my first multi-pitch climb.
Zee Tree is a relatively easy slab climb in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, CA.  I was climbing the route with my soon to be boyfriend, Billy, and his two climbing friends Rovi and Sheila.  Of the four I was the most inexperience, follow by Sheila.  Sheila has been climbing much longer than I have but is afraid of heights.  That’s not a joke.  No, really, it’s not.

I think right from the get go Sheila and I were a little weary about this “easy” climb.  And when all was said and done we had a right to be.  After 12 hours of climbing, summiting, repelling, being completely terrified, falling into cracks (me and cracks don’t get along, another story), falling from a repel and swinging upside down (I will let Sheila elaborate on that one), a few tears, freezing our asses off, having the Park Rangers megaphone up if we were okay, and finally making it back to our respective vehicles at 1:30am; Sheila and I officially decided that this was an epic adventure.

Zee Tree wasn’t the start of all my epic adventures; I’ve had many face palm moments well before this one.  But this one was special and stands out to me for various reasons… it was my first multi-pitch, Billy asked me to be his girlfriend on the second to last pitch as he was huddling with me to keep me warm, I conquered something I never thought I would even try, and I gained a new addiction.

Zee Tree wasn’t just a climb, it was an beacon of light in my personal journey.

Sheila and Erica... how little did they know a 6 hour tour would turn into a 12 hour epic.
Sheila and Erica… how little did they know a 6 hour tour would turn into a 12 hour epic.
Having some fun. Putting on a good face when we were scared.
Having some fun. Putting on a good face when we were scared.
Our guides making it look easy.
Our guides making it look easy.
Looking down.
Looking down.
No more bolts... all trad now.
No more bolts… all trad now.
Sun coming down of Tuolumne Meadows. View from the summit.
Sun coming down of Tuolumne Meadows. View from the summit.
Retracing our route
Retracing our route
We survived!
We survived!

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