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GeneRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: May or June 1979  Sucess!
Had a day off mid-week and went for it. Huffed and puffed due to sea-level lungs.
Posted Dec 10, 2004 8:14 pm

bricewilsonRoute Climbed: Standard Route (NW & West Slope) Date Climbed: June 9, 2004  Sucess!


This was such a fun little hike, with really awesome views. We even got to glissade a bit on the way down - sometimes it wasn't steep enough though, so we had to take a running start :)
Posted Dec 8, 2004 6:44 pm

flotzillaRoute Climbed: main route Date Climbed: oct 2003  Sucess!


I 've climbed Dana many times. Just a great peak and fantasic views.
Posted Dec 1, 2004 9:23 pm

ripper333Route Climbed: nw ridge Date Climbed: sept 2004  Sucess!
5th time climbing this peak. great to use as a morning

workout. killer views
august 2005....third pillar... INCREDIBLE.. thanks tom grundy for the lead....
Posted Oct 20, 2004 11:22 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Dana Couloir Date Climbed: September 25th  Sucess!


On September 25th, 2004, Penelope May and I climbed the Dana Couloir from our campsite on the right side (looking up) of the sickle shaped lake just below Dana Lake. The couloir was in perfect conditions with rock hard water ice in the center and good alpine ice on both sides. At the top of the gully we turned left, and traversed the ridge back to Dana Plateau. There we droped down the steep scree slope back to our tent.
Posted Sep 28, 2004 12:31 pm

thebeave7Route Climbed: Use trail from Tuolumne Pass Date Climbed: July 21st, 2004  Sucess!


Gorgeous views, and if you start early enough you miss the crowds.

Eric J Lee
Posted Sep 10, 2004 3:04 am

tahoeberneRoute Climbed: From Tioga Pass up the north slope. Date Climbed: Circa 1988 and again in February 1990  Sucess!


An easy, direct hike and plenty of beautiful wildflowers on the lower slope.

When I stayed at the Tioga Lodge in the winter I snowshoed most of the peak from the pass and carefully hiked over snow and ice to the summit.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 8:28 pm

ShaaseRoute Climbed: Third Pillar Date Climbed: August 2, 2004  Sucess!


Great Booty today! Did this climb as a prelude to a longer hike into Conness the following day.
Posted Aug 10, 2004 2:48 pm

kovarpaRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 8, 2004  Sucess!


I did this as a "cool-down" hike after Connes the previous day. Very nice views from the top - Mono Lake, Conness, Lyell...
Posted Aug 9, 2004 11:57 pm

TDRobertsRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: Oct 2002  Sucess!


Quick morning hike on way back from Whitney region. Nice views down to Mono Lake and into Yosemite high country.
Posted Jul 23, 2004 3:33 pm

poorboy44Route Climbed: November 2001 Date Climbed: Third Pillar  Sucess!


We got stuck behind 2 other teams and froze. Man it was cold!!!!!!!!
Posted Jul 23, 2004 2:38 pm

MgrossRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: June 24, 2004  Sucess!


John, Michael, Martyn and Elizabeth Gross along with Sally Yates. We summitted just prior to a snowy thunderstorm. GRrrreat views from the top. The route is difficult at times to keep track of because of talus and scree intermixed with snow. Dana Meadows is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
Posted Jul 19, 2004 6:02 pm

jonathancampRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: June 27, 2004  Sucess!


After attempting Mt. Starr King the day before Chris Brand and I decided to climb Mt. Dana. Since our camp site was outside the park on the west side we did not reach the trailhead until 9 am. A pefect day saw us on the summit by 1:15 pm. We saw fellow SPer "Diggler" as well as an entire family (all four of them more athletic than us). Several marmonts kept us company while we tried to catch a quick nap. Trail was faint but fairly easy to follow. Once we had reached the plateau we made for the ridge and then followed it to the summit. I glissaded down a large snowfield above the plateau. AWESOME! According to Chris, while I was whooping and hollering as I flew down the slope, a party still climbling up the ridge stopped and cheered me on. I managed to stop before the rocks and saved myself 20 minutes of climbing down over rocks.

Awesome trip!
Posted Jul 17, 2004 12:06 am

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Dana Meadows and then NE to the summit Date Climbed: May 15, 2004  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Drove up on the day (or day after) the Tioga road was opened. Started out at the parking lot at Dana Meadows (Mono Pass Trailhead) and followed the Dana Fork until about about a mile SW of the summit. From here I headed North to meet up with the common route West of the summit. Couldn't locate a summit register. Descended to the flat area SE of the summit and then followed the Dana Fork back to the parking lot. Views of the surrounding snow covered mountains were spectacular.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 12:51 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: Touron route from Tioga Pass Date Climbed: 27 June, 2004


After tweaking my finger in the gym, the weekend’s rock-climbing plans had to be scrapped & replaced by a worthy hike. This mountain having defeated John & me in July of 2002 (we successfully climbed the Dana Couloir in ice conditions, but got to the top of the climb at 21.00, subsequently deciding to traverse around the side of the mountain instead of summiting then going down- bad idea!!), I thought this would be a good time to strike back. That it would be Lara’s first hike above 13k’ was also a good reason.

After hanging out at Mono Lake the day before & camping at the Tuolumne Meadows campground (Mosquito City!!), we got a late start of 10.10 from Tioga Pass. Made decent time, however, & soon picked up the trail. Seeing storm clouds building but reluctant to turn around, I stashed my poles, ice tool & axe [brought both along so Lara would have an axe, too, in case we needed them] about 1,000 ft from the top, decreasing my resemblance to a lightning rod. I summited at 13.33. Hung out with various creatures & individuals up there, including Jonathan & friend from SP, an extreme fitness family from Marin, a Japanese smoker, a cute little bird, & multiple large, hungry marmots. After admiring the incredible scenery (how often can one see Mono Lake, Mt. Lyell, Mt. Conness, Cathedral Peak, Tuolumne Meadows, & Mt. Ritter at the same time??!!), cracking a brew, & eating a fake salami sandwich, we headed down at 14.20 to get away from the still-building thunderclouds. The Dana Couloir, I noticed, was frustratingly close!

Going down, there were still those coming up who seemed to be oblivious to the increasingly hostile-looking clouds & the fact that they were going to the top of the highest point around. After awhile on the descent, heard thunder in the distance. Getting below treeline, was relieved & more able to enjoy the fantastic surroundings. Stopped at one point to listen to the thunder & birds, before reaching unescapeable civilization again at Tioga Pass. Reminded me of summer days in the Colorado Rockies… nice. Got back to the car at 16.36, I think. Wonderful day, hike, & views in the Yosemite Sierra.

7.4.'8: nice Independence Day hike with Stephany (her first big mountain!), from Tioga Pass. Beautiful day & views.
Posted Jun 30, 2004 5:51 pm

cp0915Date Climbed: June 27, 2004  Sucess!


A good hike. Nice views of the Sierra and half-frozen, iceberg'd Dana Lake down below.
Posted Jun 28, 2004 10:25 am

mdostbyRoute Climbed: From the pass to the NW Ridge Date Climbed: June 24, 2004  Sucess!


Nice workout. Awesome views in every direction from the summit.
Posted Jun 25, 2004 10:24 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Dana Couloir - NW Ridge Traverse Date Climbed: June 20th, 2004  Sucess!


Started out from Tioga Lake at 6:30 am and was at the base of the couloir by 9:30. Half way up the couloir took my helmet off to wipe away the sweat and ended up dropping it. Glissaded to the bottom of the bowl to get it and back up the couloir. Snow is getting quite icy in the couloir and had much difficulty kick-stepping. Made the summit a bit after noon and enjoyed the views for an hour. Headed back down the NW Ridge and into Glacier Canyon. A little over 7 miles round trip but a summit I'd do again anytime!
Posted Jun 21, 2004 1:41 pm

birdheadRoute Climbed: Standard NW Slope Date Climbed: June 17, 2004  Sucess!


Hiked with Jess and Ryan. Took about 3hrs to summit. Really good views of much of the park. Met one other hiker on top - Brett, I think. Took in the views for 30 minutes and headed down for a beer.
Posted Jun 20, 2004 9:43 pm

hyperbolictansRoute Climbed: Dana Couloir Date Climbed: 5th June 2004  Sucess!


Drove up from Bay area and started from Tioga lake lookout at 9:30am and slowly hiked up the beautiful glacier canyon. Didn't reach the foot of the couloir till 2pm. Kickstepped up the couloir in about 2hr (No Bergschrund, some patches of hard snow). Took me more than an hour of postholing and cursing to get up to the summit from the saddle. The view was fantastic; nobody was around at the summit. Can't find summit logbook (is there one up there?)

Came down by the regular route.
Posted Jun 6, 2004 3:44 pm

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