Seeking to escape crowds and mosquitoes last weekend we trekked into a region of the Sierras known as Shuteye Ridge. While there's been development going on here for a long a time, only the recent publication of a guidebook and heinous 4WD access road has kept the crowds at bay.
We ended up with a pretty large crew of about 10, way bigger than I'd normally roll with in the mountains but since this place is mostly cragging it worked out just fine. I knew a few people from before but all and all was really impressed by efficiently we worked/moved as such a large group and how awesome everyone was!
Our first day we opted to hike a bit further out since we had all day to explore. I was constantly blown away by just how beautiful this place is and incredibly unspoiled. Is that what Yosemite would have been like? The amount of biodiversity, abundance of wildflowers across every spectrum of color, and utter lack to crowds my give me pause about publishing this :/
I think I was expecting to find more mixed and trad climbing, but instead this place is one of the most phenomenal granite face/sport climbing areas I've been to. The rock quality beats or is on par with Tuolumne, the Valley, and Squamish, and probably lends itself to better face climbing in the 5.11-5.12 range (5.10 is great here too but it shines in those higher grades).
Post climbing we scrambled our way up the fire road to chase the last colors of sunset.
Epic is kind of an understatement for this place and this sunset.
Then, as if it couldn't get worse, we got moon rise in a super unique location. Photo dump commences from here on out, GooglePhotos shared folder here.