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mtnfotoRoute Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: July 29, 2004  Sucess!
Day hiked from South Lake. TH-summit in 3hrs50min.
Posted Aug 11, 2004 12:48 am

orandallRoute Climbed: some west slope chute Date Climbed: July 10 2004  Sucess!


Amazing day for a great climb - no clouds, no tstorms. Left TH at 5:50, Bishop Pass at 8:00. Took one of the West Face chutes just S of main chute and then slogged to a smaller rib to get to some fun class 3/4 rock. Summit at 10:40. Spent an hour there gawking. Back at TH at 4:30 PM. We were the guys who ran into Diggler on the way back, but were too frazzled to give good info. All in all a great summit and plenty of fun variations on the W slope.
Posted Jul 20, 2004 11:50 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: One of the W-slope chutes Date Climbed: 10 July, 2004  Sucess!


After crashing @ Tioga Pass the night before to acclimate, & getting a wilderness permit @ the Mammoth Ranger Station, left (the usual zoo of) the S Lake TH @ 12.11.

Having thought it over prior, & feeling pretty good @ Bishop Pass, I decided to drag all my stuff up to the summit & bivy there. Met 2 guys who recommended one of the chutes R of the standard one, describing this variation as "blockier" & "more solid." Chose one, which with some route finding, probably would have been class 3. Not route finding & just going mostly straight, I encountered some enjoyable 4th class, topped off by a 15' section of easy 5th (maybe 5.2) at the headwall, which I surmounted to gain the ridge above. Ca. 13k' elevation, plus hiking boots, a full pack, & doubts as to whether my footholds would blow, made this an exciting variation.

Utterly spent, reached the summit @ 18.59. Cracked a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, enjoyed the summit views (spectacular!), & then took about an hour or so constructing a bivy 'area' into which I somehow fit for the night (note: I would not recommend this to anyone- there are virtually no human-sized flat areas up there!).

Night was incredible- one of the starriest I've seen. Totally clear, still, & cloudless. Tell you what, though- Jim won't be coming w/ me to an almost-14,000' summit again anytime soon!

Spent morning absorbing amazing sunrise & scenery whilst battling a horrific hangover (not fun at 13,800'). Left area (bivy area was ~80' below summit) 7.39. Other than being terribly dehydrated (decided not to get more water after my remaining .3L of water had been consumed that morning), return was uneventful. Got back to TH @ 12.58.

Great mountain, spectacular views, & airy summit- overall a nice trip!
Posted Jul 14, 2004 1:54 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: West Slope from Bishop Pass Trailhead. Date Climbed: July 2, 2004  Sucess!


Came in from South Lake Trailhead for the day. Nice view of the Palisades. Watched a big storm come in and dump on the lakes below. Cool!
Posted Jul 6, 2004 9:56 pm

dabenderRoute Climbed: West slope Date Climbed: August 9, 2003  Sucess!


Day trip from Bishop. The view along the Palisades from the top is outstanding.
Posted Jun 11, 2004 1:15 am

sierradiscgolferRoute Climbed: Southeast Side via Agassiz Col Date Climbed: October 4, 2003  Sucess!


From the frozen lake below Agassiz Col it looks like tough class3 but it isn't too bad once you're up on the slope. Follow my route description. Winchell looks tempting. So many Palisades peaks, so little time.
Posted Jun 2, 2004 2:01 pm

TDRobertsRoute Climbed: Bishop Pass Date Climbed: October 2003  Sucess!


Took advice on SP page - followed one of the chutes to right. Fun scrambling with some interesting sections on an otherwise boring rubble climb. Great views of Palisades and into SEKI.
Posted Apr 11, 2004 9:05 pm

jaydeeRoute Climbed: Up from Bishop Pass Date Climbed: June 1994  Sucess!


Puzzle Pass to West Slope.Descent via Southeast Face,South Ridge.Solo
Posted Mar 11, 2004 11:39 pm

RSN473Route Climbed: from Bishop Pass Date Climbed: Sept. 1998  Sucess!


A couple of inches of fresh snow made this climb a littlle more exciting than it otherwise would have been.
Posted Mar 8, 2004 3:02 pm

Scott M.Route Climbed: West Slope from Bishop Pass Date Climbed: August 12, 1989  Sucess!

Scott M.

Did this as a day hike from South Lake. My wife stayed below the pass while I bagged this fun scramble to the top. Terrific views!
Posted Feb 16, 2004 12:39 pm

cragRoute Climbed: West Slope from Bishop Pass Date Climbed: August 1998  Sucess!


Spent the night at Saddlerock Lake, then bagged the peak the next day. Almost entirely firn snow from Bishop Pass. Fun! Great view from the summit.

Posted Jan 23, 2004 12:51 pm

Rinat ShagisultanovRoute Climbed: North West/West Slope, class 2/3 Date Climbed: November 28, 2003  Sucess!

Rinat Shagisultanov

A group of 5 (Taras Usyk, Elena and Rinat Shagisultanov, Olga and Alex Kizler - San Diego/LA) hiked up on the snow up to the base camp @ Saddlerock Lake (~10900 ft). We used the snowshoes from the Long Lake. Next day, we hiked up to Bishop Pass and started blimbing the NW section on directly to avoid the scree and talus on the regular West slope. We used the chute to next to right of the Y-shape one that ends with the small glaciated section. Most the route is class2 with some class 3 moves. Riched the summit in the threatening conditions (snow and blizzard) that finally cleared when we summited @ 2 pm. We downlclimbed the route that appeared to be tge West slope (a lot of scree) and had to use the crampons and ice axes on the hard snow. Returned to the base camp @ 6 pm and hiked out next day undr the clear skies and spring-like sun. The viewes of the Palisades, Dusy Basin and Goode are great. Excellent moderate winter trip.

As of Nov 29, the South Lake Rd was closed @ Parchers Resort, so it added extra 3/4 mile to the South Lake TH.
Posted Dec 1, 2003 12:11 pm

fuglaRoute Climbed: From Bishop Pass, third chute to the right of the standard route Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2003  Sucess!
Very enjoyable climb, fantastic weather, and awesome views. Couldn't find the register on the summit, though...!
Posted Nov 4, 2003 6:42 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: West Slope from Bishop Pass Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2003; Sep 3, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

After climbing Lamarck out of North Lake in the morning, I headed down to South Lake to get Agassiz in the afternoon. I chose the "wrong" chute (on the far right side), which worked out well as it was a surprisingly enjoyable scramble. Beforehand, I'd had hoped to climb Goode on the way back as well; those plans were a tad ambitious.

Came back in Sep 2004, both to pad my SPS stats for the year and as a warm-up for a more ambitious Joe Devel/Pickering/Newcomb dayhike the next day. I just headed straight up the talus slopes on the left this time--much quicker than last year's chute, but not as much fun. Weather looked ominous, but I made it up and down before the clouds developed into anything more than some light snow flurries.
Posted Sep 29, 2003 12:44 pm

lidijagrazulisRoute Climbed: NW chute from Bishop Pass Date Climbed: September 6, 2003  Sucess!


We started up the wrong chute (right of the standard route) but then traversed over about 2/3 of the way up. After summitting we took the standard route back down. Stunning views up top!
Posted Sep 8, 2003 11:24 am

jeffnRoute Climbed: Chute to the right of standard Date Climbed: August 13, 2003  Sucess!
Came down the Standard Route. Think we took the better way up. Nice day climb from Trailhead.
Posted Sep 7, 2003 5:53 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: Standard route from Bishop Pass Date Climbed: August 17, 2003  Sucess!

Dave K

Wow, what a view of the Palisades! I highly recommend this one.

It looks like we climbed it the day after Mrolph.
Posted Aug 19, 2003 6:00 pm

mrolphRoute Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: August 16, 2003  Sucess!


A great day hike from South Lake. I got bored with the loose rock in the center of the gully and climbed out to a rib between the gullies (class 4 to gain the rib then class 2-3, fairly solid rock) then follwed it up to where it petered out several hundred feet below the summit. Great view of the Palisades!
Posted Aug 18, 2003 10:45 am

dharmadogRoute Climbed: up from Bishop Pass Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!


The view from the top into the Palisade Basin oh wow!

This is one of the best views in the Sierra that I've experienced! Class two from Bishop Pass.
Posted Aug 3, 2003 10:45 pm

gordonyeRoute Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: July 19, 2003


Attempted to day-hike this peak from South Lake, but stopped short (made it to about 13000 feet) because of rainy weather.

Tried again in a month, and came much closer to the summit. My partner Vladimir made it to the summit this time.
Posted Jul 21, 2003 11:43 am

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