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birdheadWest Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2006


The scree was horrible on this route, lot's of loose rocks. The third class ridge was enjoyable, but too short.
Posted Jul 27, 2017 6:57 pm

CWesselsNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2016


The name and description of this route (here and in Secor's book) confused me, because it didn't feel like a ridge at all--just a cluster of loosely connected buttresses/towers/gendarmes on a steep scree apron. I couldn't solo many of these towers, because they were class 4-5 with very lose (and coarse) rock. And there wouldn't have been much reason to climb them anyway, because you'd just have to rappel the high sides (they didn't lead anywhere useful and didn't connect directly to each other, in most cases). Consequently, most of the climb was loose and not particularly fun class 2 (weaving around the base of the towers). The only part of the climb that I'm pretty sure was "on route" was the last little bit that led to the summit. This was exposed class 4, and the rock quality was actually pretty decent compared to the coarse crud everywhere else on the route. That was the only redeeming part of the climb. To access this part, climb a steep and narrow chute with cracks and horns on the northwest side of the summit head-wall. This chute is just right (south-southwest) of the head-wall's north face.

Why on earth Secor called this a "nice climb" I'll never know. I'd give this route 1 star if it weren't for that short final section, which was actually mentally challenging and fairly interesting. I do agree that the west face makes for an excellent descent route: deep and soft scree; got down in less than an hour.
Posted Sep 5, 2016 5:53 pm

RomainWest face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012


Went on my own from Onion Valley. Quick but not that memorable.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 1:35 am

FairweatherVia the West Face   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 1984


Nice view of Owens Valley on a windy clear day.
Posted Oct 25, 2015 4:00 pm

mengboday hike with Jean  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2015


a fun day hike! jean enjoyed as well.
Posted Aug 3, 2015 1:38 am

jdmorehouseA lot of bang for the buck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2014


Although only four miles round trip (give or take), this peak packs a lot into it. I hit the 2nd notch more to the right, and had to traverse back to the peak over the exposed ridge line. I found Secor's notch on the descent. A much better route!
Posted Jun 23, 2014 3:21 pm

BobD3From Onion Valley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2012


A bit of a loose slog after leaving the trail, but the class 3 summit area was enjoyable, as were the outstanding views. A storm came in the following day, so the timing worked out well.
Posted Feb 11, 2014 12:36 am

irrationalistCouldn't leave it unfinished  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013


I didn't get the opportunity to finish this peak earlier with the CLMRG Mountaineering Class due to inclement weather. So this was my opportunity to finish the job! Used Robinson Lake trail. I left the trail well before the lake.
Posted Jan 31, 2014 11:33 am

slagerjonNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2013


North ridge scramble, fun, more than was expected. Very quick descent due to hail and lightning.
Posted Aug 24, 2013 12:41 am

mrchad9West Slope and South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013


I owe Bob Sihler one for pointing out the joys of the south ridge on this one. On the way out from Center Basin I dropped my pack at Robinson Lake and slogged up the west slope, keeping a good bit south knowing that the ridge would go. The ridge looks exposed from up top but most of the going was quite easy if you looked around. I found it quite enjoyable and it made the trip up to the summit very worthwhile. Nice view of University too!
Posted Jul 22, 2013 6:38 pm

soslawWest Face Variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2012


At the west face chute described on SP I traversed to the left
and climbed a class 3 rib for approximately 300 feet. An airy step across the rib put me on the north ridge 100 feet north of the summit. Met CA 14teener record holder SeanO on top.
Posted Sep 13, 2012 8:33 pm

bechttWest slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012


My plan to climb one of the rocky ribs was dashed when it started to rain on me. Slippery granite forced me into the crappy scree slope but the views made up for it. Much cooler than Onyx had been in the morning.
Posted Aug 30, 2012 2:56 pm

ScottHansonSouth ridge from Robinson Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2012


SC 2012 day 8 alternate peak with Jeff Moffat
Posted Aug 27, 2012 12:27 pm

Bob SihlerFun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012

Bob Sihler

I wanted something relatively quick and easy for a day between two bigger climbs, and this was perfect. I followed the trail to Robinson Lake, but instead of heading up the west face to the summit, I left the trail where it crests above the lake. This meant less talus and gaining the south ridge. Then I followed the fun Class 3 ridge to the summit. Where it gets harder than that, it can be bypassed, but I stayed high for the extra challenge and fun. For the descent, I did go directly down the west face to regain the trail.
Posted Jul 22, 2012 11:37 pm

jaxcharlieSuprise Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011


I was going to go up to Golden Trout Lake, but as soon as I set up camp in in Onion Valley I noticed the trail sign to Robinson lake right by my campsite, at which point I looked at the map and decided to head up independance peak. I went up the west face to a nice notch leading up to the Ridge, where I headed up. Great fun!
Posted Sep 13, 2011 8:36 am

Bill562West Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2011


Solo from Onion Valley.
Posted Aug 16, 2011 1:59 pm

hightineraryClimbed Independently  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2015


I have climbed it solo four times. The ridge is fun; the west face is tedious.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 5:05 pm

96avs01Corn Harvest
Date Climbed: May 13, 2011


Shredded the E gully, had to drop at 11AM without a trip to the top as the 'corn bomb' was going off and clouds were beginning to build on the crest. Recommend this line, will definitely be back for more spring sliding.
Posted May 17, 2011 3:59 pm

mhengstFrom Robinson Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011


Climbed up from Robinson Lake. Fun scrambling along the ridge.
Posted May 10, 2011 5:34 pm

GigaMikeWest Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2007


A nice warm up for Mt. Williamson two days later.
Posted Feb 7, 2011 9:30 pm

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