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Liberator16Mt Conness from Young Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2012
Started the day before out of Tuolomne Meadows, hiked and camped at Young Lakes. Hiked out of the Young Lakes bowl area and onto the granite talus field up to the summit plateau. There was a faint trail on the granite talus, but it was very steep. Two steps forward, one step back. From there I could see the summit, had to hike over a couple of snowfields to get to the base of the last climb to the top. This part on the south face was short, only gained about 400', but somewhat technical and scary in parts. There was somewhat of a staircase that I could follow part of the time. But it ended up being a great hike and I made it to the top in about 3 hours from Young Lakes.
Posted Aug 25, 2013 3:06 am

muajeevia North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2013


Brought a rope for rappelling the second tower but ended up down-climbing, instead.

A good day on a good climb with the good company.

(And YES!!! After so many years, I finally made my way up via the North Ridge!!!!!!!!)
Posted Aug 19, 2013 3:17 am

oliverkaltNice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2013


Via the N-ridge.
Posted Aug 16, 2013 10:20 am

DonnoSolo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2004


Soloed from Saddlebag Lake. Gene took rest day.
Posted Aug 13, 2013 12:48 pm

AceSierraSurprisingly Awesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2013


From Sawmill Campground. I prefer off-trail hiking, much more stimulating. This offers a decent amount of that, and the summit block offered the right amount of exposure for a chickensh!t like me. Kind of stands alone, most of the other big peaks were quite a ways away...a different perspective from the top.
Posted Aug 8, 2013 11:47 am

HaddadbSaddlebag to Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2013


Great climb. Started at Saddlebag campground, and went up the South-East ridge to the Summit. Returned via the same route.

Couldnt have had better weather.

Climbed with Jon Berry
Posted Jul 15, 2013 12:32 am

CWesselsVia East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2013


Climbed the East Ridge from Saddlebag, including the "East Buttress." Some of the chutes up the buttress seemed to end in Class 4 or 5 climbing--or, at least the chute I climbed up did. But I was able to traverse through a notch out of the chute and into another to keep it Class 3. The ridge to the summit was pretty thrilling too.

I agree with some other people here that patrons of this route should climb the ridge directly from Saddlebag instead of trying to traverse around the lower contours to the base of the East Buttress. That was very tedious and somewhat unpleasant.
Posted Jul 14, 2013 5:30 pm

Zevia Alpine Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2013


beautiful views, fun route. With pBerg and 5 others.
Posted Jul 7, 2013 10:07 pm

pBergfrom Sawmill Campground  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2013


I went into a Mt. Conness trip as a bit of an afterthought, not really thinking much of it aside from it being just another Yosemite/Sierra peak. But wow, I absolutely loved it. It is a phenomenal choice for a midrange day hike out of Tuolumne, much better than Dana or the other popular ones. It has great views, exciting exposure, some glissading options, and the last 300-400ft of exposed scrambling was a blast! I’d consider it more of a Class 2 with significant exposure; for example, on the left and right may be a 40-200ft drop off, but ahead of you you’ve got a good 1-3ft wide line of boulders to scramble on. I dunno. It was enough to make me take deliberate steps/holds but not enough to trigger panic. Trip report/GPX Track
Posted Jul 2, 2013 11:55 am

wleuzingerVia Young Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013


One of the best summits I have ever been on top of. Great class 2 section to the top. Mosquitos were terrible until almost 12,000 feet in elevation but totally worth it.
Posted Jul 1, 2013 8:42 pm

A BitSaddlebag Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

A Bit

Beautiful area and great views from the top.
Posted May 4, 2013 8:42 pm

MiguelVieiraEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


Took the east ridge from Saddlebag Lake. Some nice scrambling on solid sparkling granite.
Posted Nov 15, 2012 12:59 am

telemarkdudeNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 1986


Loved the rock on this route; lots of variation. Descended via the leftmost snow couloir; had to negotiate a bergshrund down below. Recommended.
Posted Nov 14, 2012 3:19 pm

Vic HansonMissed route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2012

Vic Hanson

Started at Saddlebag TH but missed the trail going to the left from the dam and went around to the right, so went up the East Ridge from Conness Lakes. I followed the ridge until I reached a spot that was too scarey for me to do alone so bailed down a chimney to the south and then traversed across the rocks to connect with the normal route up the scree and rocks back up to the ridge and then across to the summit. Loved the cool rocky trail on the final summit climb!
Posted Oct 23, 2012 4:20 pm

emilieSouth Slope from the East  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012


Thankful to do this on a day with absolutely glorious weather and with a fun group of people, one of whom knew the route. The third class bit at the top was very fun and the views are spectacular! Highly recommend as a very reasonable non-technical route.
Posted Oct 22, 2012 12:30 pm

gordonyeEast Ridge via Alpine Lake repeat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012


Repeat of my original climb 13 years ago, under condition of a light snow cover with Mike Chen. Just as I remembered, very enjoyable scrambling with hardly any loose rock, each twist and turn of the route reveal dramatic scenery. This is a true classic.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 2:44 pm

edge17East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2012
Great weather. Got a bit off track, but made for a more fun day. With gaby and dan.
Posted Oct 9, 2012 6:38 pm

bechttNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2012


With Laura M and Tom G. Threw in North Peak from the saddle.
Posted Oct 8, 2012 8:59 pm

pkrasilnikovNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2012
Simul climbed most of the 5.6 part with Oleg. 18 hours RT, lost trail on the way back about a million times.
Posted Sep 28, 2012 6:30 pm

mengboEast Ridge via Alpine Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2012


Hiked with Jean. It is my 2nd time. Very enjoyable route-finding, scramble and climb. Solid rocks.
Posted Sep 24, 2012 1:38 am

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