My Crest Jewels

My Crest Jewels

Yosemite Valley – Yosemite NP. Crest Jewel (10b, 10 pitches, “Trad”) An endless slab climb on Yosemite’s famous granite. We started climbing at 8:30a and topped out at 1:30p. This is the ultimate: “Look Ma, No Hands” type of climb. Purely because there are no hands, only upwards foot scooting for about 1000’. It takes [...]

Yosemite Valley – Yosemite NP.
Crest Jewel (10b, 10 pitches, “Trad”)

An endless slab climb on Yosemite’s famous granite. We started climbing at 8:30a and topped out at 1:30p. This is the ultimate: “Look Ma, No Hands” type of climb. Purely because there are no hands, only upwards foot scooting for about 1000’. It takes a pitch or so to get really comfortable on this and you quickly become selective with the orange versus black polish characteristics of the rock. Black polish = good friction = happy feet.

All in all, a rest day for our hands and a lot of “downward dog” needed to stretch out our cramped up calves!

Summit of North Dome Via Crest Jewel - Thrillseekers Anonymous

Location: Yosemite National Park, Ca

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Surgical/Trauma Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is a sponsored athlete with GoMacro, WoolX, and an Arcteryx Denver ambassador. She has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 111 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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