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cabFrom Gardiner Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014


Climbed this on the morning of Day 2 of our Labor Day backpack trip after Gardiner on Day 1. The climb up from Gardiner Basin was straightforward. Continued on to climb Clarence King later in the day.
Posted Sep 2, 2014 2:31 pm

docrstCotter fro Sixty Lakes Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2013


Backpacked into the lonely Sixty Lakes basin and then climbed the Southeast slope to the ridgeline. The final scramble was challenging and a bit airy on the last 30 feet of the exposed southeast corner of the summit block.
Posted Jan 13, 2014 10:44 am

danman3156SE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013


Ski descent during spring ski tour of the Rae Lakes area. Perfect corn!
Posted May 2, 2013 1:40 pm

LincolnBRae lakes loop  Sucess!


Can't remember the date but did this on a solo backpack -- Rae lakes loop. Took the southwest ridge, one scary move at the summit.
Posted Dec 6, 2011 11:17 pm

bc44caesarNortheast Arete of North Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2011


Climbed from camp in Sixty Lakes Basin. Followed ledges on the north side of the ridge until the prominent notch, then scrambled along the crest of the ridge (4th) until it steepens into the arete proper. Sustained steepness going up the right side of the arete (4th/low 5th) to the summit. Downclimbed from the north summit - first ten feet were 5.5 or so and very exposed (crux of the route), then surprisingly easy yet still exposed 4th class to the notch. Maybe 5.3 or so from there to the true summit. I'd say the whole thing is III 5.5 and one of the best solos in the Sierra!
Posted Sep 10, 2011 7:49 pm

haishanRe: Northeast Arete of North Peak


Hey bc44caesar: thanks for the excellent beta. I may not have been willing to commit to that downclimb if I hadn't read this beforehand. I've just put up a dedicated route page for this classic.
Posted Sep 11, 2013 12:47 pm

seanoSouth ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011


From Gardiner Basin, after dropping off Gardiner. Nice view of the very intimidating north subpeak.
Posted Jul 19, 2011 1:55 pm

sierratrekkinSW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010


Climbed Mount Cotter from Onion Valley on a five day trip into the Sixty Lakes Basin/Rae Lakes area. Storms and lightning right when I summitted, made for a hasty decent...
Posted Jul 19, 2010 7:41 pm

murraymcleodClimbed via south ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 1967


Climbed with Tim Stafford from Sixty Lakes Basin while doing the southern half of the JMT. We were just kids (17 yrs old) beginning to appreciate the Sierra... I remember that I got dehydrated and real sick the night after, and had a tough time getting out over Glen Pass the next day...ah memories!
Posted Jan 8, 2010 12:53 am

Desert Solitaire2 summits - 2 days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2009

Desert Solitaire

Climbed the regular south summit on the 24th, as part of the Kings Spur traverse. The next day, returned with my friend Doug to climb the NE Arete on the North Summit. A spectacular climb (and downclimb!), that we'd rate II, 5.6. Route page coming up on that one.
Posted Oct 2, 2009 11:38 am

granjeroNorth Arete, North Cotter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2007


Very nice climb, spectacular exposure! Just the hike in is worth the time. Check out the pic in Moynier and then go do this! Improbable descent, but leave your gangsta-wear in the bag, no rappin required!
Posted Sep 8, 2009 6:36 pm

bechttSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2008


Long day hike out of Onion Valley. First to Mt Gardiner via the SE Ridge, dropping into the Gardiner Basin, and then climbing Cotter's South Ridge. Pictures and trip report
Posted Sep 27, 2008 12:57 pm

derbillySE face/ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2006


Climbed in a light drizzly/flurry. Nice solid talus at the top.
Posted Aug 21, 2007 9:38 pm

Matthew HollimanSlog from Gardiner Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

Matthew Holliman

Climbed this after Gardiner on a long dayhike out of Cedar Grove. This was mostly a talus slog, with a surprisingly cool summit block (trickier scrambling than Gardiner). Had a very late start that day, and had to hustle a bit to make it back down to the trail before dark. Looong hike back out via headlamp...
Posted Aug 21, 2007 2:36 am

copeg2004 southwest face  Sucess!


Climbed from largest lake in Gardiner Basin in 2004. Relatively steep and loose ascent below, with large and solid talus near the summit. Awesome views south.
Posted Jun 19, 2007 8:16 pm

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