There’s nothing like the dirtpile rock of our route up Laurel Mtn to make one worship Sierra granite. Washed in the light of the setting sun, beautiful views of Convict Lake and the surrounding peaks helped distract me from my growing concern about sleeping on a tiny ledge (only big enough for one). Happily, D and I finished climbing just before dark. The adventure continued as we still had hours of route finding ahead of us as we hiked down the back side in the dark. An exhausting and fantastic trip.
Route Climbed: (1/2 of) NE Gully Date Climbed: 10 August, 2003
Incredible climb- in different ways. Started from the trailhead at 9.45 with LJ, with beautiful weather. Got to start of climb in decent time. Beginning went smoothly, but about 1/2way (when one starts encountering the reddish rock), lost track. Soon we were on horrendous 'rock,' climbing at a much slower pace than anticipated. Though off-route, did our last 'pitch (I'd go ahead, attached to the rope but not placing any pro, find a big ledge, & belay)' right as it got dark. Finally topped out on gentle N slopes after 21.00. Summited at 22.07, leaving at 22.22. Horrible descent. Reached car after losing end of trail, at 4.36- another Sierra epic!!!