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blueshadeRock Route + 5.5 Chimney Variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2013

blueshade

If careful route finding is used, much of this route can be kept to Class 3. HOWEVER, it is very easy to wander into Class 4 terrain in many places. In either case, there is what I call "indirect exposure" along much of the route (a slip can be corrected, but if not quickly it could turn into a big fall). I would recommend a solid head and decent Class 4 experience for this route.

Anyhow, great scrambling route and nice views. A little long on the approach, but basically all of it on trail. Windy day, but fortunately from the opposite direction- only noticed on the summit ridge.
Posted Aug 29, 2013 9:02 pm

bechttRock Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013

bechtt

Day 2 of alt Sierra Challenge 2013 with Laura M. and Michael G. Gorgeous day with snow field easily bypassed. Saw SAR chopper on rescue of climber on east face. Pictures & Story
Posted Aug 24, 2013 10:55 pm

DariaMinaret Dreamin'  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013

Daria

Fun little dayhike outing with a bunch of summitpost goofballs. Summit groping included (thanks toxo). Nice scramble, very loose and dangerous rock. We were smothered by smoke in all surrounding areas, and thunderstorms were suppose to be great risk, but we never had a single drop of rain fall on us. A nice clearing of blue sky stayed over us during the entire climb. Great views from summit of the other minarets, but visibility was reduced because of smoke. Did this dayhike after 3 hours of sleep fresh from a 14 hour drive back home from Colorado. Love living on the east side! Adventure galore!
Posted Jul 29, 2013 4:45 pm

Vitaliy M.SE Face direct  Sucess!

Vitaliy M.

Day-hike of SE face, with direct start. Fun outing.
Posted Aug 27, 2012 3:38 pm

Dave SRock Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

Dave S

Climbed the Rock Route with Carlos. Great day in the mountains and fun scramble!
Posted Aug 8, 2012 3:05 am

KerstinSoutheast Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 1987

Kerstin

A stunningly beautiful area. I found this route quite difficult. It seemed like off-hand, and wide fist cracks a lot of the time, and lots of loose rock. No fun for my little needle fingers.
Posted May 28, 2012 12:13 am

krrt2000Starr's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1996

krrt2000

N-ice climb!
Posted Feb 17, 2012 12:16 am

Super DaveRock Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2011

Super Dave

What an awesome climb. Sawtooth Sean and I hiked to Cecile Lake from Devil’s Postpole trailhead. Used axe/crampons to cross the snowfield, which was large this year, then some excellent scrambling up the rock route. Some airy moves on the summit ridge. A truly fantastic peak. Camped at Cecile, then hiked out to Agnew Meadows the next day. Trip Report
Posted Nov 30, 2011 12:47 am

apachedinoAlmost
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2011

apachedino

Stopped @ ridge downclimb from rock route. Looked hairy and couldn't see and easy way, though there probably is a "4th" class way. We didn't bring a rope and were doing it in a day. After heavy drinking the night before, plus Matthes Crest, N. Ridge of Conness, and Tenaya in the 3 days prior our nerves were a little shot and we decided to go with our gut feeling and turned back without regret. I DO want to come back and get this peak for real maybe via the SE face. Among other peaks in the area.
Posted Oct 27, 2011 9:52 pm

mrchad9Rock Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011

mrchad9

A fantastic route. Easier than I expected but a great climb all around. Needed crampons and ax to reach the base, and good rock from there. Reminded me a lot of Middle Palisade, except tons better (a little steeper and lacking the obscene amounts of deadly softball sized rocks everywhere). Downclimb on the ridge was easy, I found the crux to be about 20 feet below the ridge, but not a very exposed area.
Posted Aug 15, 2011 1:03 pm

seanoRock route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2010

seano

Got to the base from the glacier, coming from Ritter. Fun climbing, but I was tired. Amazing views -- I need to climb the others now.
Posted Aug 10, 2010 12:11 am

haishanRock route (?)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 1998

haishan

Epic scramble w/ snow-covered loose rock, turned into all-nite hike. Beautiful peak and great fun.
Posted Sep 28, 2009 1:36 am

scottmitchrock route
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2009

scottmitch

climbed with apachedino
ridgeline about 30 ft below summit
wasnt feeling the downclimb to summit along ridge
Posted Sep 26, 2009 6:50 pm

PantilatRock Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2009

Pantilat

Great climb with awesome views
Posted Aug 31, 2009 3:30 pm

gordonyeSoutheast Face - Direct Start  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009

gordonye

Followed Dirk (diggler) on my classic #4! Very pleasurable climbing thanks to Dirk's efficient lead. Weather was beautifully calm. Love this slick metamorphic rock with lots of tiny cracks. Descended via the Rock Route, part of which under headlamps. A long, exhilarating day. This is now my favorite area of the whole High Sierra, the Minarets reminds me of the rock on Mt Kenya.
Posted Aug 17, 2009 2:53 pm

gordonyeRock Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009

gordonye

Climbed with Samantha from Minaret Lake. Had to traverse a snow field above a bergschrund when following the ledge system. Samantha lead this and also the 4th class down climb on the summit ridge. A route packed with exciting obstacles to overcome and big exposure. Grand views from the summit, esp. of Michael Minaret.
Posted Jul 6, 2009 1:51 am

Diggler2nd time's the charm!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008

Diggler

Attempt with Megan. Instead of starting at 9 (an hour after I'd planned), we should have started at 7 or so. The follower pack was making things miserable for her & slowing us down, so I 'hauled' it (hand over hand) for 2 shortened pitches, as they were considerably harder (.9 & .9+) than the 1st we did with her wearing it (.8). Getting to the top of the traditional 2nd pitch at 13.00, I reasoned that if we kept on going at that rate, we'd be headed for an epic, so we bailed (after 'pitch' 3).

At any rate, the area is one of the most beautiful in the Sierra, the peak is spectacular (a fitting testament to Mr. Clyde), & the face & climb (well, at least the first 2 pitches) stellar. I think the direct start is the only way to go (quality of climbing & aesthetically; we never managed to locate the '5.7' face original start anyway).

As the Governator would say, "Ah'll be back!!"

15 August, '9- came back & did this, with G Funk. One of the best climbs I've done. First 2 pitches of the direct variation (like last time) were phenomenal. Despite my misgivings about the large number of options available after the traverse pitch (where the direct variation meets up with the original line), once I picked a line, everything flowed great. Climbing was sustained, exposed, & just a blast. Running some of the pitches together with a 70m rope made things faster- recommended. Started route at 8.02, summited at 19.02- long (but great) day! Descent sucked- steep, $#itty rock, & good amount of exposure- was glad when we finally made it back to terra firma. Being on that funky metamorphic rock, with the other minarets surrounding you, you almost think you're in some other range! A true classic (Classic #7), & another great climb with ya, bro!
Posted Sep 15, 2008 1:35 pm

fatdadSE Face: Aug. 2003  Sucess!

fatdad

Since I climbed this just a few months before becoming "fatdad, unfortunately, this is the last long technical route I've done in the Sierras. But what a way to go out.

Really a remarkable route with a great setting and enough loose stuff to keep you on your 'A' game. That upper dihedral has some amazing climbing. I'd love to go back and do the direct start.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 5:02 pm

Tom FralichDirect SE Face (IV 5.10a)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2008

Tom Fralich

Met up with MichaelJ in Mammoth Lakes and did this excellent route. We hiked in on Sunday and found a great campsite by Cecil Lake. Up at 5:30AM the next day, climbing at 7:30AM. We finished through the summit dihedral in 8 pitches and then some scrambling to the summit. Great day with only one other party on Ken Minaret. The descent is a death chute of falling rocks. Made it back to the tent at around 6PM and hiked out the next morning. Had lunch in Mammoth and then drove back to Sacramento for a night shift in the ER.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 8:51 pm

dshoshoneRock Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008

dshoshone

As good as it gets. My favorite climb to date.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 11:00 am

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