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GlennGRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: September 25, 2005  Sucess!


A loooonnngg day with Matthew leaving Onion Valley at 2:15am and returning just before 9:30pm. We couldn't find the alleged class 4 route and ended up roping up for one move before the summit and then rapping down it later. The summit block was awesome, I personally like it better than Thunderblot or Starlight even though it isn't quite as impressive in terms of ascending it. Matthew didn't think my dismount/jump down from the summit block as fun as I did.
Posted Sep 26, 2005 6:50 pm

RSN473Route Climbed: South face Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2004  Sucess!


Excellent climb. Gained new level of respect for Bolton Brown as we made the final move onto summit!
Posted Jun 2, 2005 12:21 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: Sept 25, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Was finally able on the second try to dayhike this Emblem Peak from Onion Valley. Four of us started out in the wee hours of the morning, not returning until after dark. What you might consider a very full day. Trip Report
Posted Oct 19, 2004 2:15 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: S Face Date Climbed: July 1989  Sucess!
Did this solo as a long day hike from Onion Valley. Left early crossed N Dragon Pass and went on to peak. Summited early PM. Returned to OV via Glen and Kearsarge passes. Back to car around 8 pm. Great Day!
Posted Jan 20, 2004 6:10 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: South Face, I, 5.4 Date Climbed: July 6th, 1980  Sucess!


Bill Bragg and I climbed the Regular Route on Clarence King in July of 1980. This trip ended in serious epic, with us running the 18 miles over Gardiner Pass to Independence, and return via Ash Mountain Rescue Chopper to pick up climber suffering from HAPE.
Posted Dec 7, 2002 2:05 pm

RGABRIELSONRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August, 1979  Sucess!
My Brother, Jim Gabrielson, Dr. Doug Smith, and I brought my dad and some good friends up the slabs from Woods Creek to the incredible lake basin below King, where we brunched on fruit, gorp and tea. The three of us then parted from our support (psychological and spiritual) team and climbed class 3 and 4 rock up the arching North Ridge. We roped up for two pitches which were 5.6 to 5.7 and easy route finding. The view on top was spectacular. It was a 5,000 elevation gain since breakfast at Woods creek. After a half hour on the summit we rapped down about 300 feet, scurried down the slabs, and ran through sunset and into the darkness, down the granite water-shed to our campmates, anxiously awaiting our return by the fire. We banged our chocks and hooted in the dark forest as we approached, to put aside their thoughts of giving us up for dead. Dinner, sweet women, and good smoke never tasted so good.
Posted Apr 3, 2002 10:14 am

markmanRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: 199?  Sucess!
Summited along with Mt. Cotter on a week long backpacking trip. Fantastic time.
Posted Feb 1, 2002 5:16 pm

mconnellRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: July 15, 2000  Sucess!
Like snwburd said, not that difficult. The '1 move' mtnartman mentioned is not that difficult, but it is very exposed and you can't really see where you are moving to until it is too late.

Posted Sep 14, 2001 1:29 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: July 15, 2000  Sucess!

Bob Burd

This was the finale of a three-night, four-peak excursion in the Gardiner Basin. mconnell and I climbed Charlotte Dome, Mt. Gardiner, and Mt. Cotter before taking on Clarence King. It turned out to be easier than we expected as most of the route is class 2, with difficulties encountered only near the summit.
Posted Aug 21, 2001 2:04 pm

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