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calipidderSloggity slog slog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2014

calipidder

A long hike, made longer by the morning meander through the campground looking for the unmarked trailhead. Mostly reasonable trail/goattrack to Horse Creek Pass (aim high), then that looong slog up the sandy slope. 2 hours up, 5 minutes down on that stuff. Wheee! Loved the views from the summit- I remember doing a backpacking loop in N Yose several years ago and picking out the summit and deciding I'd climb it someday - and this was before my peak bagging days.
Posted Aug 24, 2014 6:00 pm

DebSE Slog, er Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2014

Deb

Messy trail system but manageable. I was rather annoyed with the mere scramble on the ridge after HOURS of sloggity-slog to get there. Shoulda climbed the couloir.
Posted Aug 20, 2014 2:14 am

SeanReedyRe: Rematch fail

SeanReedy

This area is indeed confusing at first, but is more convenient for me to visit than the rest of the Eastside, so I will likely be back in September or next May-September. I can give you some pointers or maybe even go up with you sometime. PM me if interested.
Posted Aug 19, 2014 1:23 am

cabSE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2014

cab

Pretty miserable sand slog up the SE face after climbing Whorl earlier in the day. Cool views though.
Posted Aug 18, 2014 1:22 pm

hoglordRoute Climbed: North Arete Direct  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2014

hoglord

Had a killer time climbing the North Arete. We finished the last two pitches on the Arete proper. Amazing exposure and views there.

Does anyone know what the difficulty of this variation maybe? It felt burly, but I was carrying a pack with a camp for the Sawtooth Ridge Traverse. Super fun route. And definitely the line on the mountain.
Posted Jul 29, 2014 12:24 pm

SeanReedyUp Horse Creek from Mono Village  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2014

SeanReedy

Second time up Matterhorn, but took the easiest way this time. Nice wildflower display this time up the creek! Hiked up fast and stuck to the brushy ridge from the pass area upward. Took the fast sandy scree down. Gotta try the Col sometime for variety.
Posted Jul 25, 2014 5:20 pm

braindancerRematch fail
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

braindancer

Came back for a rematch, thinking that now we know the route better and are in better shape. Made it to previous stopping point about 1.5 hours earlier. Advanced quite a bit but still ran out of time again.

Not sure about 5.5 miles BTW; we haven't made it even close to the summit and yet both our pedometers showed around 16 miles.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 11:20 pm

braindancerTiming/route-finding fail
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2013

braindancer

We started too late (9am), assuming this will be fairly quick (5.5 miles one way). Nope. This is the most confusing route ever, so we spent so much time figuring our way out that it was quite clear that we're not making it (needed to drive home that night).
Posted Jul 7, 2014 11:17 pm

AdamJgood times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2012

AdamJ

second time up matterhorn peak. This time went up the couloir, had to use crampons/axe. Great glissade down. One of my all time favorites!
Posted Apr 15, 2014 5:36 pm

MarekBGood climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2014

MarekB

Climbed West and descended East Couloirs with friends on a clear, sunny March day. Still quite a bit of snow on the rock despite low precip this winter. Good conditions in the couloirs and no need for pro there but we kept crampons on and used running belay throughout the trough/ledges on the SW side of the mountain.
Posted Mar 18, 2014 5:01 pm

jbagleyCAG Guided Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012
This was a guided trip through CAG, and a first taste of mountaineering. Very little snow throughout the route.
Posted Nov 14, 2013 7:14 pm

HohnikerWindy  Sucess!

Hohniker

Climbed East Couloir in semi winter conditions with California Alpine Guides. 50-60mph gusts on top so didn't stay long. Gorgeous day out. I recommend the company.
Posted Sep 25, 2013 6:30 pm

bleakleysummer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011
Went up as part of a summer mountaineering class.
Posted Sep 19, 2013 3:49 pm

ZeGreat views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2013

Ze

Nice hike except the scree slog on the final push.
Posted Aug 29, 2013 9:10 pm

RuvichaLong, Great Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2013

Ruvicha

See Ambret's entry in the summit log and trip report.
Posted Aug 26, 2013 8:50 pm

AmbretVia SW Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2013

Ambret

Summitted with Ruvicha via Horse Creek Canyon and the southwest slope. A very long day for us, but it was great to get to the top after having had to turn back last year. Spectacular views in all directions.
Posted Aug 23, 2013 1:04 am

orbitorFrom Horse Creek Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013

orbitor

Summer Sierra season got under way with a solid climb of the northernmost SPS Emblem Peak. Trail from Twin Lakes up Horse Creek is ok, then all cross-country. Went up the side way too early and ended up climbing some very steep and loose terrain. Route up to Horse Creek Pass was very blocky. From HCP, a slog in the sand to near the summit; two steps up, one down. Very frustrating and exhausting. Eventually reached the solid rock near the top, climbed class 3 blocks to highpoint. Tremendous views in all directions. The off-trail, boulder-hoping part on the way back felt never-ending. Tough one-day ascent, but some of the best views anywhere!
Posted Aug 14, 2013 7:31 pm

DonnoEast Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2012

Donno

East Coolie w/ Pete & Rahil
Posted Aug 11, 2013 9:28 pm

CWesselsVia East Coul.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013

CWessels

I can't remember the exact date, so this is approximate.

The east couloir was just a slog. The only class 3 section (and the only part that was fun) is after you reach the saddle at the top of the couloir. Otherwise, it's class 2. I think the west coul. is probably a better scramble. In late season, do everything in your power to avoid the sand and talus on the west side of the snowfield; that is some of the steepest, LOOSEST choss I have ever hiked on. Ever.
Posted Jul 14, 2013 6:35 pm

ernestssonA Little In Over Our Heads

ernestsson

Inspired by Dharma Bums, a desire to get more into mountain climbing, and the proximity to my grandparents' cabin (in the Virginia Lakes valley a few valleys over to the southeast) I decided to try to climb this peak with my girlfriend. Too ambitious. Also didn't do my homework well.
We approached the peak from the north, scrambling up the East Couloir (as near as I can tell), making it to within at most 500 feet of the summit, but we weren't sure where to go from the east ridge and had reached our turnback time. We weren't as comfortable with the terrain as we'd like so descended via the Southeast Slope and Horse Creek Pass, getting to back to the trailhead well after dark.
Will have to come back, with a USGS map and better planning, and give it another try!
Posted Jun 11, 2013 1:40 am

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