I met Alexey at the climbing gym a while back, but never got the chance to climb with him outside until this weekend. For him, it would be just another outing at his favourite spot - Yosemite. But for me, it was a privilege to partner with someone who just climbed Rostrum a month ago.
East Buttress, Middle Cathedral Rock [April 2013]
Flashback of the Epinephrine descent dazzled me as we raced the dying ray to find our first rappel anchor. Looming ahead of us, the Higher Cathedral Rock was soaked in beautiful alpenglow - a sight that struck serenity in our souls but fear in our minds. A shadow was moving up the façade steadily like an inverted hourglass, consuming it mercilessly into the void. We managed to find the bolts minutes before we needed to turn our headlamps on, and rappelled down a wet gully in the dark.