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granjeroNorth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2005


Excellent ski run. Fun climb too, but flying down the face is the dream come true!
Posted Sep 8, 2009 6:54 pm

sierratrekkinDarwin and North Lake to South Lake...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


Started on the N.E. ridge, then ended climbing the majority of the East Face, with my bud "G" (snowhiker). Camped at the base of Darwin Glacier, and continued on around into Evolution Basin, exiting out via Dusy Basin. This was my second trip around this beautiful loop...
Posted Apr 2, 2008 8:05 am

jimeganMT DARWIN  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2003


Posted Feb 8, 2008 8:04 am

SheetsNorth Face  Sucess!


Did the North Face in July as part of a day hike in 12 and half hours car to car.

I really enjoyed the climb and came back when the North Face was under ice conditions
and soloed it car to car in the fall.
Posted Jan 27, 2008 9:30 pm

glahhgEvolution Traverse Attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


Summitted via the ridge from Mendel, attempting to do the whole Evolution traverse. Bonked on top and bailed down a random gully on the west side. Next time: more food, lighter pack.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 4:25 pm

mike_lindacherSmoked Salmon
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2007


No excuses, no excuses .......
Posted Sep 4, 2007 11:19 am

Michael GraupeWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007

Michael Graupe

Day 4, 2007 Sierra Challenge. Decided not to go to the Hermit but climbed the W-Ridge with Ryan S. The summit pinnacle is fun.
Posted Aug 16, 2007 12:08 pm

DebNorth Face Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


Loved this climb! I stayed as much as on ice possible and pulled a little mixed climbing in on the far right side. Summit block was easier to obtain than originally thought and views were stupendous even with impending rain clouds...that came later. Exited via West Ridge.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 3:01 pm

Dave DalyKick N' Axe!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007

Dave Daly

Had a great time with Debbi and Rick Kent making our way up to the summit of Dawin via the North Face Couloir!! The upper half of the route was turning out to be a fine alpine ice climb (50 degrees in some places....mainly on the right side as the route splits right). Debbi did a fine job making that section of the climb look easy, while Rick and I pleaded with the "Ice God's" to allow our crampons and axes to bite into the ice :P (should have filed those tools before heading out!). What a great finish too.....we exited the right fork and straight up to exposed rock (4th class and probably would have been covered with snow had it not been a dry winter in 2006/2007) and eventually headed to the summit block to top out. I highly recommend this climb! Classic!
Posted Jul 16, 2007 10:23 am

snowhikerKick ass time  Sucess!


I had a killer time on this Mountain with Rob we did the northeast ridge to the traverse then we went up the east face. Thanks Rob
Posted Jul 15, 2007 7:05 pm

PantilatNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


Perfect neve on the face with some alpine ice in the narrow couloir just below the summit plateau. We descended the Northwest Ridge route and then I climbed Mendel via the East Face. 12.5 hour roundtrip from the North Lake parking area. What a sweet route on a sweet mountain!
Posted Jul 9, 2007 1:07 pm

asmrzNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 1980


Miguel Carmona and I climbed the North side glacier in October of 1980 while climbing other peaks in and around Darwin/Mendel area. 35-40 degree ice on the face made for a great day of scrambling around with a great partner.
Posted Jan 27, 2007 7:26 pm

dervinNorth Face Epic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2006


Turkey is for the weak. There is nothing like cold feet, and desolate mountains to make you give thanks.
Posted Jan 27, 2007 5:07 pm

yaknjorglwest ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2006


its great climbing a big mountain you can see from town.
went up in june looking for ideal north face conditions, but moved too slow and conditions weren't right. My buddy jeff thought he'd just solo up the north face, fortunately i talked him out of it then we watched the point avalanches hammer the north face through the thunder storm on the way out and over lamark col.
went back again with jeff and steve, it took along time to get from lamark col to darwin bench and camp. the glacier was icy and blue the next morning, jeffs crampon kept coming off.
One of teh best climbs ever. beautiful position on the west ridge, ez moves, fantastic views. we thought the summit block would be tougher than it was. 36 hours car to car.
a dream come true.
Posted Jan 2, 2007 6:57 am

Matthew HollimanNorth Face (ascent) / West Ridge (descent)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2006

Matthew Holliman

Dayhiked this with Rob (below). We weren't sure whether we'd find ice on the North Face, so we hauled along harnesses, short rope, ice screws, etc... this was all just useless training weight. I brought an axe and one tool, but used only the axe in the end. Snow was in perfect condition for climbing, and no more than 45 degrees (maybe a couple of very short bulges that approach 50 degrees) at the steepest parts.

The summit block was fun (much easier than it looks at first--we went around to the left), as was the West Ridge descent. Encountered a tricky class 4 move (and some rap slings) before reaching the final class 2 ledges down to the glacier, so we were probably off route on the West Ridge. (Maybe the class 3 route lies further west when starting up from the glacier).

In my opinion, at least when it's a snow climb, the North Face is undoubtedly the easiest and quickest route up the peak.

Some clouds in the sky, but they never developed into anything more threatening than some light hail on the way back over Lamarck Col.

This was a grudge peak for me--I bailed on it when climbing Mendel last year because of threatening weather, and gave up on it in July when I attempted it immediately after flying back from China (major jet lag, and I got off route onto difficult 4th class while trying to gain the West Ridge). Glad to knock this one off. I'd like to go back for the NE Ridge or East Face sometime.
Posted Dec 1, 2006 4:34 am

forjanNorth Face/Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2006


Climbed with MichaelJ. Started hiking at 4:47am from our camp (elev ~ 11,800') near the eastern-most lake of Darwin Canyon. We simul-soloed from the base of the glacier to the top in 45 minutes as it was all neve. Reached the summit just before 8:00am. Descended via the west ridge. Back in camp at 10:43am (6 hrs camp-to-camp).
Posted Sep 6, 2006 12:44 am

tiogapNorth Couloir
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 1979


my first roped climb in the Sierra. we climbed one of the chutes on the north side. then climbed the ridge from Mendel to the summit block. I felt pretty exposed.
Posted Jul 30, 2006 12:29 am

RobtRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: Aug. 2005  Sucess!


With Will Hurst. Rating could be downgraded to cl. 3.
Posted Dec 13, 2005 1:36 pm

Desert SolitaireRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: September 9, 2005  Sucess!

Desert Solitaire

Dayhike from Lk Sabrina. The 4th class chimney pitch on the NE ridge was a bit easier than I expected, but I was definitely glad I didn't attempt to downclimb it. It looked way tough to head down, so I dragged a rope and rapped off it as I became engulfed in a blinding snowstorm. Very surreal - it appeared and disappeared very quickly and as I packed up the rope at the bottom, it completely disappeared. Great climb! RT time: 12 hrs, 30 min.
Posted Sep 13, 2005 8:52 pm

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: North Buttress Date Climbed: July 4, 1978  Sucess!

Steve Larson

This was my first "real" alpine climb. We made good time up the 4th-class N buttress, and then slowed down near the top. Crossing the snow gully was interesting. It was basically ice, and it bent the pick on my new MSR super light aluminum ice axe. Piece 'o crap. That was the last time I bought climbing gear from MSR. Their stoves are alright, though.

After tunneling through the summit overhangs, admiring the fossils on the summit plateau, and doing the summit pinnacle, we headed down. My partners wussed out on rapping the standard descent to the Darwin Glacier because there was some ice in the gully. So they insisted we walk down into Evolution Basin and then back up Darwin Canyon. Needless to say, we weren't back in camp that night. Froze my butt of. But oh, well. Live and learn. It was a great adventure nonetheless!
Posted Nov 5, 2004 11:11 pm

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