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RomainRoute Climbed: East Ridge via Alpine Lake Date Climbed: September 21, 2002  Sucess!

Romain

Nice hike - except for the boring scree above Alpine Lake. The lake itself and then the summit ridge were the highlights. I was not expecting a "real" mountain, but it was...

With Sven Feldmann, 6 hours CTC at a leisurly pace, including lunch at Alpine lake (with a swim therein for Sven) and over an hour spent on the summit.
Posted Sep 23, 2002 12:48 am

ScottySRoute Climbed: East Ridge from Saddlebag Lake campground Date Climbed: Sept 28, 2001  Sucess!

ScottyS

Climbed at night with bearbnz under a full moon. Had headlamps, but didn't need them. Since we were on a class field trip, we mentioned to the instructor that we would "be taking a little walk". Needless to say, we were treated to awsome views of the Park at night, with the Sac valley city lights as a backdrop. Sticking our heads up over the buttress and seeing the imposing summit mass at night (with the glacier just to the right and down!) was a thrill that will stay with me for a while. We did the round trip in something like 7hrs.
Posted Aug 14, 2002 10:10 am

mpbroRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 5, 2002  Sucess!

mpbro

This was our second multipitch climb, after the south slopes of Mount Starr King. Considerably more committing! Although we made pretty good time to the start of the ridge (~ 2 hours from the car), I believe we spent about 8-9 hours on the windy ridge. This was due mainly to unnecessary use of the rope! Other than the downclimb/rappel on the second tower, the climbing never seemed harder than 5.2-5.4. To top things off, we got off-route on the descent and ended up doing much of it with headlamps. BTW, the register is full, for people who sign it.

Read my trip report
Posted Aug 6, 2002 4:57 pm

Joe HanssenRoute Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: July 7 '02  Sucess!

Joe Hanssen

Conness is a great day climb in the Tioga Pass area. The summit block was fun, similar to Matterhorns. A bunch of marmots were up there. The basin from Sawmill campground to Alpine Lake and up to the saddle between Conness and White was filled with killer mosquitoes, I didn't stop till I got to the saddle where the wind kept them at bay. Solo
Posted Jul 29, 2002 6:29 pm

steelemanRoute Climbed: Glacier Route Date Climbed: June 30, 2002  Sucess!

steeleman

Summitted Conness via the far right chute on the glacier route. Main purpose was to ski that chute and the bowls off the east ridge. There was still a fair amount of snow heading into July, although getting very suncupped. Click here for trip report



Posted Jul 16, 2002 9:01 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: July 8, 2002  Sucess!

Josh

After bagging North Peak, I traversed over to the summit of Conness. 5.6 is a very generous rating for the North Ridge. IMO, it's more like 5.2. I saw that Joe Hanssen had been there the day before. It's always fun to run into SP people's log entries. Car to car in 4:55.
Posted Jul 8, 2002 4:23 pm

daniellwuRoute Climbed: From Saddlebag Lake Date Climbed: June 24th, 2000  Sucess!

daniellwu

email me for details... too lazy to write right now.
Posted Jul 7, 2002 9:36 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!

darinchadwick

We took the slow long way. Hiked into Youngs Lake from Lembert Dome. First night out we heard a bear running by as other campers banged pots and shouted.

Next morning we took off, overlarge rack clanking away, and climbed one of the finest ridges in the Sierra's. It was a great mix of easy simul-climbing with shorter, harder belayed sections. We were S-L-O-W. Fervent promises were made to go faster and lighter in the future. Surprised at how many other parties were on the route. Finally summited and ran down the sandy slopes back to camp.

That night the camp was cleared out, and the bear harrassed us until 4:00am. In case you're wondering, no, we had nothing close to camp to attract the bear, except our own BO. It's an overused area, so she's conditioned to keep looking for food 'till she finds it.
Posted Mar 31, 2002 4:48 am

crackclimbRoute Climbed: east ridge Date Climbed: summer 98  Sucess!
a great day
Posted Nov 1, 2001 10:42 am

JohnRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: October 13, 2001  Sucess!

John

Gorgeous day. I was planning on taking the Alpine Lake route, but didn't read the instructions carefully so instead of getting off the trail, I followed the visual cues to the "East Buttress." I wasn't sure where the summit was at this point so I figured I had nothing to lose by climbing the buttress. I found an easy class 3 route all the way to the top from where I could see the summit and entire East Ridge. Once I gained the summit plateau I recognized the summit immediately from gordonye's photo. On the final trail up to the summit I ran into jtree and Larry who were coming down. They were the only people I saw on the mountain the entire day so I was able to have the summit to myself the entire time - very sublime :-)



Note 1: The summit registers are fairly full (you can't sign sequentially anymore) so another one would be useful. The two up there now are approx. 3"x6" spiral-bound notebooks. One is missing the covers.



Note 2: I'm calling this the East Buttress because I don't have a better name for it. If you know what this is called, please reply here.
Posted Oct 14, 2001 11:55 pm

jtreeRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 10/13/01  Sucess!

jtree

Climbed the W. Ridge on a beautiful Fall day with my partner Larry. It was a fourteen hour trip from car to car. Included in that time were a couple of questionable decisions on the approach such as decending from the plateau into the notch closest to the SW face. I suspect much time would be saved by decending the notch located much farther to the South.



I don't know how mother nature managed to sneak one last perfect day into the mix before she let loose with more typical October

weather, but I know that we were lucky to have it. Even on the exposed ridges and on the summit itself, the sun was coming through with nary a breeze to pierce it's veil of warm comfort.



The climb itself was more sustained that I suspected in that I perceived that after the first few hundred feet the terrain would taper off to easy third class climbing. This was not the case at all and we encountered solid fourth and moderate fifth class here and there until high up the route. Since we were soloing with a lot of weight on our backs, we were looking forward to the route easing off, but we were not able to take off our climbing shoes until only a few hundred feet below the summit.



The trip back was thankfully uneventful, except for meeting a fellow climber named John who had climbed the East Ridge. He told us about this great site SummitPost.com.



A truly great route with magnificent exposure.



DJ Reyes
Posted Oct 14, 2001 1:56 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: October 5, 2001  Sucess!

Josh

After a very short bouldering session at the Volcanic Tablelands near Bishop, I drove up to Saddlebag Lake. I left my car at 12:15, intending to run a few laps around the lake for exercise. But when I caught my first view of the North Ridge of Mount Conness from the NW corner of the lake, I decided to go check out the route instead. Before I knew it, I was at the base of the North Ridge. After a few minutes of thought, I decided to go for it. I was wearing running shoes, shorts, and a button-down-the-front, short-sleeve shirt. I had no food, water, backpack, or rope...nothing but my car keys, which I tucked into my sock.



After gaining the ridge via some nice 5.easy rock, I cruised the knife edge on terrain that started at Class 2, then increased in difficulty to Class 3/4. When I reached the "tower," I downclimbed some fun Class 5 rock, then cruised up to the summit. I stayed close to the ridge so that I could enjoy some of the excellent exposure. Near the summit, I encountered some hysterical women who commented on my attire and the fact that I had no water with me. I mumbled something about "deprivation training," but what came out of my mouth was probably incoherent. I descended the Alpine Lake Route, getting back to my car at 4:25pm. Car-to-Car time: 4 hours, 10 minutes.
Posted Oct 6, 2001 10:44 pm

brandonRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!

brandon

North Ridge of N Peak to N Ridge Conness, car to car from Saddlebag in 9 hours.

Only challenging climbing is the downclimb on Conness, blood, gore, and death potential. If you're not comfy soloing 5.7, take a rope, and you'll probably only use it for this rap. A 100 foot rope would do it.
Posted Sep 18, 2001 4:03 pm

tiogapRoute Climbed: Alpine Lake Date Climbed: September 1, 2001  Sucess!

tiogap

I found this route to be mostly second class. There are a few fun third class moves along the way. BTW this is my third time on Conness. Standard route from the southeast, N ridge, and Alpine Lake. Looking for someone that wants to do W ridge.
Posted Sep 2, 2001 9:56 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: From Young Lakes Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1993  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Stopped at White Mtn on the way up, but no more than class 2 the whole route. Mosquitos were nasty at the lakes, but no problem while hiking. Took a class 2-3 chute down on the southwest side and stopped at Roosevelt Lake on the way back before returning to Young Lakes. Trip Report
Posted Aug 26, 2001 5:15 pm

gordonyeRoute Climbed: Alpine Lake Date Climbed: September 25th, 1999

gordonye

This was my third attempt from the Saddlebag Lake trailhead, I finally made it with Shubo (Steve) Dai. The first time in 1998 Devesh and I turned back from the Conness-White Mountain saddle, where there was steep snow (we had no ice axe or crampons). The second time in August 1999 Darrin and I turned back at the east ridge after running out of time. Conness glacier is an impressive sight.
Posted Aug 14, 2001 3:25 pm

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