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 Trauma Emergency Department Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is an athlete ambassador with GoMacro, Arcteryx Denver, and CAMP USA. She is a seasoned presenter and 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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