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forjanNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007


Simul-solo with Michelle (just under 9 hrs car-to-car). Back at the Whitney Portal Store by 1PM for homemade fries!

Route Climbed: North Ridge
Date Climbed: November 18, 2006

Climbed the north ridge with awagher. Encountered some hard snow on the route but it was possible to bypass most of it. Left Meysan Lake T/H parking lot just before 4:00a.m. Roped up for 3 pitches this time due to snow conditions. For some reason, we were both dragging ass (well, maybe not drinking enough water, the heavier pack due to colder conditions & climbing with mountain boots had something to do with it). I didn't top out until basically 2p.m. (10 hrs trailhead to summit). Waited an hour for Andrew to top out. We lost some time on the descent by taking the wrong chute and had to climb back up (we didn't want to face multiple raps, epic, etc). Found the regular NW slope descent but was painful because the ground was frozen (couldn't plunge-step on the frozen dirt/scree). Back to our car by 7p.m. (15 hrs car-to-car).

Route Climbed: North Ridge
Date Climbed: July 29, 2006

Climbed with Rick Kent. Our plan was to wake up at 3:30a.m., however, a few late night sprinkles (were sleeping on the open) woke us up at 2:45a.m. or so. So, we left the Meysan Lake trailhead parking lot at 3:30a.m. We got to the 10,000-foot level cut-off just before twilight and decided to take a break here to wait for daylight. First tower is easily bypassed on the left with a 4th class downclimb on the other side. Crux is the 5.6 right-facing lieback (the one with 2 pitons) on the 2nd tower on the right. This was the only place we roped up. We managed to climb it as one single 50-meter pitch. At the 3rd tower, we followed a sandy path on the right for 100 yards or so and then went up from there on 3rd & 4th class rock to the summit. We topped out at 11:30a.m (8 hrs trailhead to summit). Warm day. Left summit just after 12:00p.m. and were back to our cars just before 3:00p.m. (11.5 hrs car-to-car). Excellent burger and home-made fries at the Whitney Portal Store (WPS) afterwards.

Route Climbed: Traverse from Mt. LeConte
Date Climbed: September 10, 2005

Third (and last) peak of the day on my solo link-up of Mallory/LeConte/Lone Pine Peak. Left the Meysan trailhead at 5:00am. Summited Mallory at 10:01am, summited LeConte at 11:12am and finally Lone Pine Peak at 2:00pm. Waited 1/2 hour at the summit for jlemay and 2 SCMA students (Jeff and Mike) to top out from the north ridge. Then, I stayed with them until Grass Lake at which time I looked at my watch and it was 4:10pm; then, I took off running down the Meysan trail so that I could make it in time to the Portal to get Doug's homemade french fries (the kitchen closes at 6pm). Got there at 5:35pm.

Posted Jul 30, 2007 3:11 am

Bill562Lone Pine Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2007


Climbed with Mike Zimmerman from campsite at Grass Lake
Posted May 15, 2007 1:58 am

RobertthethirdNorthwest slope


Great break in for sierra peaks.
Posted Apr 24, 2007 11:19 pm

danman3156North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2006


Did the north ridge in a grueling day. Snow was not an issue as the route was in great condition. It was cold in the shade but marvelous in the sun. One of the best days I have had in the mountains.
Posted Dec 5, 2006 6:51 am

awagherNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2006


I am still tired.
Posted Nov 19, 2006 7:08 pm

travelin_lightWinter Route: April 9-10, 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2005


If you want some full on alpine action here is your route. Climbed this with Scotty Nelson (poorboy44). Never had my fingers freeze together before trying to climb rock. Ended getting benighted on the sandy legdes and finished it off the next day. Cool ice climbing at the top of the couloir!
Posted Sep 13, 2006 4:33 am

Augie MedinaRoute: Northwest Slope Date Climbed: Aug. 12, 2006  Sucess!

Augie Medina

This big chute above Grass Lake is a horrible scree slog. Didn't mind it too much going down except that members of my party would lose control sometimes and slide. After getting up the chute, we should have avoided traveling on the ridge to get to the peak. Could have traversed lower down and then up to the peak.
Posted Aug 15, 2006 11:51 pm

bennovakNorthwest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006


Posted Aug 14, 2006 4:53 am

bechttNorthwest Slope
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006


Warm-up for McAdie. Really ugly scree slope. Pictures
Posted Jul 12, 2006 9:02 pm

balajisvNorthwest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


Decent snow conditions but loose rock above the snow. Minor rockfall danger (due to snow melting) - one did come down a long way. Some false summits near the top. Climbed with Andrew (sierramtngoat) and Mammen and Truman.
Posted Jul 4, 2006 6:15 pm

physicsN ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


climbed the N. ridge w/ Brian from UCLA; roped up for two pitches and soloed the remainder. afterward began the traverse to Peak 3985m.
Posted Jul 4, 2006 2:05 pm

sierramtngoatNorthwest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


Camp was cold the night before (18 deg. F in our tent) so the snow condition was perfect for cramponning. There was some rock fall from the cliffs to the right of the chute. The upper chute had melted out so we stuck to the left and had little trouble with scree. At the plateau, we traversed NE around a few false summits and climbed a chute that would lead to the true summit. No summit register could be found.
Posted May 30, 2006 10:20 pm

tbnelsonNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2006


Summited via the North Ridge. Morning was beautiful but after 2-3 hours of climbing conditions turned to whiteout. Last 5-6 pitches were complicated by 2-3 inches of snow plastering the rock. Mid 5th class is definitely harder with a 20 pound pack, mountaineering boots and fresh snow. Otherwise awesome route.
Posted Apr 25, 2006 2:30 am

BCLNorthwest Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2005


Lot of scree on this route. Summit is pretty cool.
Posted Feb 23, 2006 5:16 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: N. Ridge Date Climbed: January  Sucess!


One of the best winter routes I've ever done.
Posted Oct 16, 2005 1:36 pm

tpdwrRoute Climbed: East Slope Date Climbed: November 9, 1975  Sucess!


From Tuttle Creek with a bivvy below the plateau. A perfect day on top!
Posted Sep 27, 2005 7:07 pm

poorboy44Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: May 2001  Sucess!


Solo ascent of the North Ridge. My first high Sierra summit.
Posted Sep 14, 2005 12:26 am

darkmarkRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: 5 September 2005  Sucess!


I soloed the North Ridge over Labor Day weekend 2005, carrying a light but not ultralight pack (about 17 pounds with bivy gear and full-water capacity). The approach from Whitney Portal is cruisy and gaining the Ridge is, for the most part, unproblematic. Had I intended to do this car-to-car in a day, I would make a point to get an alpine start; the route seemed much longer than its grade (Grade III) suggests.

Two pieces of beta: (1) I would carry about 3 liters of water per person, assuming a car-to-car effort, and leave the stove behind; also, be judicious about consuming those three liters; (2) I screwed up the descent route and ended up downclimbing fourth- and fifth-class cliffs; be sure to go pretty far off the summit plateau to the southwest before taking a hard right.

Great climb though.
Posted Sep 10, 2005 5:44 pm

MishaRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!


Mike Ybarra and I climbed the route via Meysan Lake drainage on the way to the Whitney or Meysan Basin traverse. We carried full packs with bivy gear and LOTS of water. Due to lack of acclimitization and knowledge of the route, we took nearly 11 hours to reach the summit from the trailhead. Supposedly this was not too bad since we were the only party (out of three) to reach the summit that day. Two other parties settled for a forced/unprepared bivy somewhere on the ridge (!?). We stayed as true to the ridge proper as possible and did encounter some ~5.7 terrain. Belayed for a couple of short pitches and solo'd the rest. Spent a windy but beautiful night on the summit!!
Posted Sep 6, 2005 1:33 am

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: July 31, 2005  Sucess!

Steve Larson

Climbed this with Brian Decker. Climbed the left side of the first 1/2 of the summit headwall, a much better alternative to the route Secor describes. Brought a rope but never used it. Thankfully, the forecast thunderstorms never materialized. Burgers and beer at WPS was the highlight of the day.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 11:54 am

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