The Minarets hold a very special place in our hearts. These iconic glacier-flanked rock spires have staged some of our fondest memories. We’re proud to have made our mark on this fantastic subrange so richly steeped in Sierra mountaineering lore. Summers of geologic field work brought to my attention the massive and striking east ridge of the seldom-visited Bedayan Minaret. I couldn’t believe it hadn’t been climbed - what a cherry!! Trembling expectations of putrid choss were washed away by the reality of splendid crack and ridge climbing. Under a trademark California summer sky, @gisellewanders and I climbed the East Ridge (III, 5.10a, 1600’) in ten pitches and descended the terrifying bowling alley that is Bedayan’s east couloir. On account of it being a somewhat difficult and often-overlooked summit, the logbook was fascinating!
I just completed my summer goal of doing the Minaret Traverse near Mammoth. I tried this two years ago and came four peaks short of the entire traverse. Last time it destroyed me and this time I felt (feel)four peaks more destroyed. There’s a lot of hiking, scrambling over fields of scree and of course navigating through massive towers of rubble that the Minarets are known for. Non of the climbing is that difficult but route finding is a true challenge. Trying to find the SAFEST and cleanest line possible was the mental crux of the day. The main challenge for me was all the hiking and boulder hopping. I’ve had three ankle injuries and by the end of the day I was limping my way back to the trail head. Also, I didn’t bring toilet paper so Minaret shards had to suffice. This added to the discomfort of the long hike back as I walked the last mile like a cowboy in some Wild West film. Ouch! On top of all that, much of the climbing is done at high elevation and there was nasty smoke blowing up from a fire to the southwest. This traverse is an incredible adventure I’ll never forget but holy crap it’s brutal. 19 hours car to car. I’m worked. @gramicci@frictionlabs@evolv_worldwide
Our beautiful Mosque in the heart of #Casablanca . The largest mosque in #Africa and the 5th largest in the world. Completed in 1993, designed by Michel Pinseau and named after our king Hassan II. The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean where worshippers can pray over the sea🙏🏼
Shot by @ojrobert
"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words" wise words from @anseladams It's exactly how we feel admiring his amazing work. HBD to the great legend, may his legacy live on in our minds and framed on many walls. ⠀
A different perspective on Al Sahaba mosque.
Usually you see it photographed from where it sits within the Old Market. This day I was looking at it from across the water and nearby hotel beaches, so you can see the cliff side of the plateau that sits behind and above the market.
The mosque makes an unusual backdrop when you know that there are bikinis and bars on those beaches...part of the contradictions and complexities of Sharm life.