Christian Matthews and George Branch started Wildcat fourteen years ago, and it's been a camping tradition with friends ever since. For about a decade the location has been Lumsden Bridge campground, which is just outside the gate to Yosemite, in the Stanislaus National Forest. This was my 5th year to Wildcat.
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Welcome to Wildcat
The campground is just downstream from Lumsden Bridge, which crosses a gorge of the Tuolumne River, not far below Hetch Hetchy.
Christian, who's been keeping Wildcat a tradition for fourteen years.
Sacha is English, and Wildcat is therefore properly civilized and organized. A rack of spare flashlights and other keys to camping happiness are laid out, ready for the weekend.
Minor cliffs overlook the deep waters of the gorge. Jumping off the rocks is a tradition at Wildcat.
Looking upstream to the whitewater above the bridge.
The cascade is a booming Class V rapids.
Andrei about to jump.
Andrei off the rocks.