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highicewest face couloir solo  Sucess!
left my buddy at a lower camp and soloed a gully up the west face. had some rock to climb, but not hard. alot of snow because it was early spring. continued up the ridge to the top. descended the ridge to a saddle the down to the glacier.
Posted Feb 8, 2007 4:40 pm

thenewpassionYellow Brick Road
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2003

thenewpassion

Great summit day (an excellent birthday present).
Posted Dec 10, 2006 7:36 am

Mark NYellow Brick Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2006

Mark N

Started from camp at Elinore Lake. Very enjoyable.
Posted Sep 16, 2006 10:23 pm

dpsiebertYellow Brick Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

dpsiebert

Climbed with Lee and Augie. One hour round trip from Glacier Notch.
Posted Aug 12, 2006 7:39 am

James_WSouthwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2006

James_W

Set basecamp at Third Lake. Climbed via Glacier Notch.
Posted Aug 7, 2006 2:20 am

dcurlessYellow Brick Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

dcurless

We were planning on the Swiss Arete, but decided to bail at the Glacier Notch because the sky looked menacing (it actually turned out to be beautiful day!). We climbed Gayley as a "consolation prize" before we went back to camp. It's a really fun scramble.
Posted Aug 1, 2006 4:29 pm

Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Direct. Date Climbed: July 21 and 22, 2006

Augie Medina

Instead of the Yellow Brick Road, did the SW Ridge following along the very top of the ridge (the Yellow Brick Road travels generally below the top of the ridge on the right). This route includes a lot of fun 4th Class, with occassional short, low- Class 5 sections. You get a good number of chimneys and places to do mantling and stemming. The granite is tightly put together and feels wonderful. Did this route on consecutive days I liked it so much.
Posted Jul 24, 2006 10:15 pm

EManBevHillsGreat Alternate Objective  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

EManBevHills

Awesome view of the Palisade Cirque.
Too much snow for us on the Swiss Arete, although another party climbed it successfully the same day.
Posted Jun 11, 2006 6:10 pm

Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: SW Ridge, the Yellow Brick Rd. Date Climbed: Sept. 18, 2005  Sucess!

Augie Medina

Our approach was from the South Fork Trail of Big Pine Creek. We camped just a short distance from Contact Pass. Gayley was west of us. We went to the notch and then up the Yellow Brick Road.
Posted Apr 5, 2006 2:32 am

mylesRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August 2004

myles

One of those crystal clear days that makes the Sierra Nevada such a fine place to climb.
Posted Sep 30, 2005 11:23 am

tpdwrRoute Climbed: Southwest ridge Date Climbed: October 10, 1982  Sucess!

tpdwr

From Glacier Notch.
Posted Sep 27, 2005 6:54 pm

physicsRoute Climbed: Yellow Brick Road Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!

physics

great climb on Mount Gayley, very easy up and down, but unfortunately turned out to be a horrible climbing trip because my buddy (patrickaz) was not up for climbing much anything else in the area after we made it back to camp that night.
Posted Sep 12, 2005 1:48 am

kovarpaRoute Climbed: Yellow Brick Road Date Climbed: August 28, 2005  Sucess!

kovarpa

A real road - very enjoyable 3 class. Climbed with Vendulka, great views from the summit. Summit register is from 1970!!!
Posted Sep 8, 2005 8:34 pm

CompletebumRoute Climbed: Yellow Brick Road-sort of Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!

Completebum

From the base of the N. coulour on Sill to summit took ~ 25 min. Excellant scrambling on solid cl. 3 rock. I highly recommend it to anyone passing over Glacier Notch.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 3:54 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: South Face (ascent) / SW Ridge (descent) Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Had intended to traverse from Temple Crag, but bailed on that idea when it looked like it was going to take several hours. Wishy-washiness and a degree of guilt on my part for wussing out led me to come over here to climb Gayley anyway once I'd descended Temple Crag's SE Face.



Secor comments about the south side that it was descended by Pete Starr in about 1930, and is class 3. I headed up the first weakness on the south face that I could find... most of the way stayed class 3-4, but the final steep headwall was about 5.6 or so (there were no easier options around amongst the cliffs there--and trust me that I spent plenty of time looking). I was darned glad I'd brought my rock shoes, as I had no prayer of climbing that thing without them. Spicy but fun.



No functional pen in the summit register. Descended the much easier SW Ridge; seems like maybe the alleged class 3 south side route heads up west of the summit to meet that ridge, as I saw one or two easier-looking chutes along there. But I don't know.



Briefly toyed with the idea of returning via the South Fork, but some vivid memories of a similar return last year dissuaded me from that plan, and I just headed back over Contact Pass. Took about three hours to return from the summit to my car that way.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 1:52 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: Yellow Brick Rd. Date Climbed: Sept 1979, Jul 1999  Sucess!
Saw my old entry from 20 years earlier in the register!
Posted Aug 12, 2005 12:44 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Yellow Brick Road Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2000 / Aug 14, 2003  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Climbed this twice in conjunction with Mt. Sill. Once on a trip with mconnell, and a second time as a dayhike. Very quick and enjoyable ascent from Glacier Notch.
Posted Aug 2, 2005 3:08 pm

SamanthaRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 2, 2004  Sucess!

Samantha

Wanted to climb Sill but came home with Gayley instead. Fun!
Posted Aug 2, 2005 1:49 pm

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