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jimeganCrystal Crag   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2017


Enjoyable scramble
Posted Sep 1, 2017 12:11 pm

SimkinFree solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2017


Via North Arete. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm5C3N807-0
Posted Aug 8, 2017 9:49 pm

stephoroadtrip detour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2017


I had been wanting to climb this crag since I was a toddler but was never allowed to and then never got the chance until today when I was passing through the area and had a few extra hours. Went up South Ridge via "One Tree Couloir" and descended West Face from the summit. Somehow managed to temporarily get stuck trying to walk through the little slot along the crest of the ridge just south of south summit!
Posted Aug 1, 2017 3:15 am

whatdoIknowNorth Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2016


Very enjoyable climb
Posted Jun 30, 2016 11:09 pm

FairweatherNorth Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2011


Seemed like a good climb, but with the high winds and cold temp. we were moving too fast to enjoy it. Didn't bring warm enough clothes.
With Todd.
Posted Oct 28, 2015 12:36 am

CWesselsSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2015


Good scramble with lots of options. The best lines are higher on the ridgeline (as is usually the case).
Posted Jul 18, 2015 7:12 pm

Dave DalyCrystal Clear!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011

Dave Daly

An enjoyable day out! Topped out with Deb via the North Arete and headed into town for Mammy brews.
Posted Jul 6, 2015 7:26 am

tbaranskiSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2014


Great scramble up the south ridge. Really enjoyable class-3 (or higher if you wish) on solid rock.
Posted Aug 17, 2014 2:41 pm

Alex WoodWindy as All Hell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2013

Alex Wood

Incredible windy! The summit was spectacular though. Just a very cold and windy day.
Posted Nov 13, 2013 5:39 pm

jamesmc2Scramblemania  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2013


Took and unknown route on the west face to the notch between the north and south summits. This section was class three with some loose sections but not much exposure. From the notch I climbed south to the true summit. The last section is very exposed 4th to low 5th class. First time in the area.
Posted Sep 28, 2013 1:38 am

hightineraryNeed a 2nd Date
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2013


Immediately after climbing Mammoth Rock, I thought I'd try Crystal Crag. Well, I showed up with no route info and no skill - just my own hands, and my feet in trail running shoes. I thought I had climbed to the summit from the west side, but when I turned around and looked to the south, it appeared I had not. The smoke from the Aspen fire was getting to me, so I backed off and hiked up Mammoth Crest to get a better look at what I'd been attempting. I'll finish the job some other time...
Posted Aug 5, 2013 9:25 pm

rdesotaBeautiful Fall Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2012


Beautiful crisp fall day. Cold in the morning. Thought the crux to be higher up. Climbed with my wife who enjoyed it quite a bit! The quartz was everything as promised - really neat.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 11:25 am

scottmitchWest Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2012


Nice weather. Nice views.
Posted Oct 8, 2012 12:40 am

DebHappy 4th of Jult!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011


What a beautiful climb and so much snow to wade through to get to the base! The crystal pitch was blindly bright.
Posted Sep 13, 2012 5:29 pm

krrt2000West Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 1998


With Mike Johnson, lightning, good hike
Posted Feb 26, 2012 8:31 pm

seanoNorth arete solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2011


A fun half-day excursion.
Posted Feb 4, 2012 2:19 pm

cbuelowNorth Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2011


Great day with JedSMG and Ol' Walsher...cool route and interesting summit traverse...all in all, a beautiful late summer Sierra day...
Posted Sep 19, 2011 1:15 am

Vitaliy M.North Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2011

Vitaliy M.

Did this guy on the drive back to the Bay Area. Short approach/climb made for a nice half a day outing.
Posted Sep 6, 2011 9:19 pm

old5tenN. Arete var.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2011


Climbed a N. Arete variation with the Gazelle. First pitch was up the excellent face just left of the starting dihedral/chimney. Fun climbing and superb views from the ridge up high. Crystal pitch was colorful, but a bit loose. Very alpine feel overall.
Posted Aug 23, 2011 2:22 pm

ChuckON. Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2010


Climbed with "pfrank". Paul lead crux pitches since I was tired from 5 straight days in the Palisades. Late September weekday = no a single other person in Crystal Lake basin. Beautiful weather, views, and solitude.
Posted Sep 22, 2010 4:43 pm

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