Author Archives: Lorna K Illingworth

About Lorna K Illingworth

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon I grew up swimming in the city, exploring the forest around my home, and skiing up at Mt Hood. My British parents introduced me to fell walking on our annual trips to the Lake District to see family in the north of England, and instilled a love for travelling to new areas. I started rock climbing at Middlebury College, and took a semester off to go climbing and skiing in Canmore, Alberta, before traveling to Nepal for study. Being in the mountains drew me to climbing, and now I am keen to be hundreds or thousands of feet up on a wall. Since finishing college I have climbed in the States and abroad. Recently I have lived seasonally in Yosemite Valley, working on YOSAR.

Journal entry: Quality ledge time

I have been reflecting on crucial conversations from our trip and also looking back in my journal.  Here is an entry I copied from a notepad I had 1000 feet up on Proboscis.  It is taken from my journal August … Continue reading

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Topo of the Route

Here is a topographic drawing of the SE Face Original Route/Women at Work (VI 5.12R).  We climbed to the top of Proboscis on August 5th, 2010.  It was a warm, sunny day and we reached the top with large smiles … Continue reading

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Ptarmigans and processing

For twenty-five days we lived in a boulder field.  Shades of grey dominated our view of the world as rock was above and below us, and sometimes in our tea.  The white snow transformation was the exception.  Lichens were on … Continue reading

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Mandarin oranges, sleep, and packing

Madaleine and I enjoyed a long day of climbing on Half Dome before she departed the valley.  We did some night climbing, and Madaleine pulled through to lead 5.12 slab in the dark.  Upon descending the cables and skirting down … Continue reading

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Pitons and patience

I’m on the ground and experiencing a little bit of post-wall blues.  I am keen to be up on a long route, a big wall, a challenging climb.  I feel grounded by responsibility.  Patience is the challenge today. I have … Continue reading

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