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NefsekUp the Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


My first ice climb, and it was a blast! Sad to see the snow melting out so quickly though...
Posted Jul 28, 2008 12:56 am

physicsRoute Climbed: Dana Couloir Date Climbed: July 19, 2009  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008


climbed with fbagni; conditions were more or less ice, but the entire couloir is melting out and I predict it will be gone in <10 years. We did it in 5+ pitches in ~3 hrs and afterward pulled ourselves up to the summit. A good day out, but had on the body when you are out of shape.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 5:55 pm

Sierra Ledge Rat1982: FA of N Rib  Sucess!

Sierra Ledge Rat

First ascent of the North Rib
Posted Jul 17, 2008 11:28 pm

cbuelowTourist Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2008


Quick hike up from the kiosk. Great early season conditioning hike with nary a soul in sight. Beautiful day with unbelievable views. Can't beat summer in the Sierra. Hopefully the first of many more this summer.
Posted Jun 26, 2008 2:39 am

thexcatStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008


Climbed from Tioga pass. Snowy conditions the whole way up. Post-holed up to knee/waist last 500-1000 ft. Should have brought snowshoes.
Additional ascent: 09/19/09
Posted Jun 2, 2008 2:44 pm

cdogsummer hikin'  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2006


this was my 2nd time up Dana, this time with my girlfriend. Heading to the east side, we stopped at Tioga Pass to make the fun jaunt up Dana. We were early and enjoyed the summit to ourselves, before the gangs hit the trail. Spectacular views of the Sierra and Yosemite. Neat, although fragile, vegetation on the lower section.
Posted May 28, 2008 9:47 am

StumblingBearFirst Lesson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1972


Said "goodbye" to Ferdinand at the Tioga Sta. and headed for the top. This was the first peak I ever climbed, really something for a kid from Texas. We me a retired couple also climbing which also was something to me as at the time I didn't think "old" people did that. But it also made me decide that I wasn't going to wait til I retired to start climbing mountains. So I haven't.
Posted May 19, 2008 10:00 am

Peak_BaggerThe Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2006


Gnarly snowboard descent via the couloir. My buddy lost his edge and nearly bashed his head open on the rocks. It was slushy going in but then got shaded and super icy. Would love to do it again with full sun.
Posted Apr 28, 2008 3:15 am

paisajeroamericanoYosemite w/o the People  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2007


How strange. There was more snow in the high country at the beginning of October than at the end of October. Climbed via the Inyo NF. Cody didn't like my route, so he found his own.
Posted Apr 11, 2008 11:50 pm

bigbendbettyBeautiful hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2007


Took my dad up. We had a great time.
Posted Jan 24, 2008 10:10 pm

RyanMountainEasy 13  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2006


Short and easy hike with impressive views of Yosemite and Mono Lake. Mostly snow covered and still chilly even at the end of June.
Posted Dec 3, 2007 3:46 pm

bgriffsGreat Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2006


Very cool climb on the normal route, met a bunch of nice people.
Posted Nov 27, 2007 2:05 am



Marty and I couldn't find the Fourth pillar - frustrating looking from top down. We salvaged the day by heading back to the valley for some scary chimneys pitches.
Posted Oct 30, 2007 11:55 pm

panweilinLate afternoon ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2004


Started from Tioga Pass entrance station in the afternoon. On our way down saw the sunset. This is probably the easiest accessible 13ers to train for altitude.
Posted Oct 25, 2007 6:41 pm

QuensellEasy acclimatisation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2007
Mount Dana is the obvious choice to gain some "time in the sky" before attempting Mount Whitney, and what a climb this is, the view from the top is one of the best I have ever seen, looking right accross Yosemite and down onto Mono lake, and even as far as the White Mountains near Bishop. I must make a note to do this one again sometime.
Posted Sep 28, 2007 8:35 am

Luciano136Standard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007


Hiked with Scott (below), Chrissy and May (someone we picked up at the trailhead :). Took a slow pace as it was the first peak I had done since end of July. Nice at 10k but pretty cold on the summit; without gloves it was pretty uncomfortable at times...
Posted Sep 17, 2007 6:10 pm

Scott FultonStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007

Scott Fulton

We made it in 6 hours CTC. Spent about 45 minutes at the top. Great view.
Posted Sep 17, 2007 2:37 pm

kovarpatrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007


just to get some altitude in...
Posted Sep 14, 2007 1:23 am

danman3156Third Pillar
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007


The third pillar was an amazing climb, I can not think of anything better.
Posted Aug 28, 2007 7:09 pm

forjanDana Couloir 'quartet'  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


Belayed the 'shrund pitch and then simulclimbed the rest with TINA TRETINA and along side the Daly's. Last 40 feet at the top of the couloir was melted out and dry (loose rock). Couloir was mostly neve transitioning to ice.

Route Climbed: Solstice Couloir (solo)
Date Climbed: September 17, 2006

Nearly after a 5 year absence to Mt. Dana's summit, I decided to climb the Solstice Couloir (after viewing Rob Yang's beta pictures from the previous weekend). I started from the Tioga Lake parking lot (9,750') at 7:00am. Arrived at the base of the Solstice couloir (11,500') by 9:00am. Heard and saw Kurt Wedberg with 2 clients heading for the Dana couloir. At 9:25am, I started up the couloir solo. Took me 65 minutes to finish it. I climbed all the way to 12,500' before I exited. I didn't have the b*lls to solo the last 15 feet of the couloir (it seemed 75+ degrees....corniced), so I exited to the left on some loose rock. It took me like 20 minutes to climb those last 20 feet of loose rock. Summited at 11:00am. Back to the car at Tioga Lake by 1:00pm (6 hrs roundtrip).

Route Climbed: Dana Couloir
Date Climbed: October 7, 2001

Dana couloir's ice was very hard. Cannot use pickets, only ice screws for anchors. Took Vince and I 4 pitches from the bergschrund to the notch. Dana couloir's bergschrund on south side was 25 ft high or so (on October 7, 2001). Great views of Mono Lake from Dana's summit.
Posted Aug 21, 2007 2:01 am

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