Planning session in the Yosemite caf

We spent six hours on Thursday afternoon planning our trip in the Yosemite cafeteria. Tourists and climbers sifted in and out, and we hashed through gear, food, the driving route, blog info and photos.

While we were spread out across the tables, we talked to a couple from outside of Portland, Oregon. They asked what we were up to, and why on earth we had laptops in Yosemite. We explained our trip.

“When I was a little girl, women could only be teachers or nurses. Now they can be anything,” the woman said. “I met a woman who is a helicopter pilot last week. It tickles me.” She told us about being a part of the San Francisco women’s movement in the ’60s.

We also met a woman from the Tioga Pass Resort named Julia. She said when she started climbing in 1982, three women climbing an El Cap route together was unheard of. We’re so psyched it’s a regular thing for us. She told us: “Do everything you can in your twenties or thirties. Just don’t stop, because you never know when you’re going to get hurt.”

How cool to be able to connect with women of all different ages and interests through our trip.


About Emily Stifler

I grew up in Vermont and live in Bozeman, Montana. I love topography: mountains, rocks, weather and people.
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