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derbillySouth ridge to Golden Trout Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006


8th day of the Sierra Challenge, my 'rest day'.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 6:53 pm

forjanTraverse from Dragon Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006


Climbed with ming21. Traversed on ridge over to Gould from Dragon Peak (about an hour traverse). Summited Gould around 1:00pm. Back at Onion Valley trailhead at 3:01pm.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 9:16 pm

Luciano136Gould was good!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006


Climbed with Allen (see below) as a dayhike from Huntington Beach. Woke up at 3:30am and got back home around 1am. A long but fun day! I tend to get affected by altitude fairly easily and wondered if I would be able to make it from sea-level to 13k feet in a day. I noticed the altitude right at the trailhead. I tried to keep up the pressure breathing and only got a severe headache right near the summit.
Well acclimatized, it definitely would've been easier but it was nonetheless very enjoyable. Awesome scenery and views!
Posted Aug 14, 2006 6:18 pm

kngalaricWonderful day in the Eastern Sierra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006


Bruno, Chrissy, Tom and I went for a loooooooong drive to Independence, started the trail at 9:30 and finished near 7 PM. Pretty easy. Kearsarge is an easy pass. Gould is very easily attainable. The final summit block is the only exposed section on the whole trip. Fun, fun, fun. Great day except for the smog form the High Desert (lame - tell those people to move) and the smoke form King's Canyon controlled burns.
Posted Aug 13, 2006 5:09 pm

FelsbergSouth Ridge from Onion Valley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006


A beautiful hike. PICS
Posted Jul 5, 2006 9:29 pm

downbootiesSouth Ridge from Onion Valley parking lot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2006


Slushy snowshoe slog to tiring talus tromp. This hike has beautiful views, but it made me realize I need to whip my buns into better shape soon.
Posted Jun 3, 2006 3:25 pm

thedusPleasant Day Hike up South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2006


Climbed up the south slope from Pothole Lake to the South Ridge. We used snowshoes for quite a bit of the way at the lower elevations, but the peak itself was fine. Gorgeous day, though would have been just a hair nicer without the haze in the distance.
Posted May 14, 2006 2:21 am

GlennGRoute Climbed: Kearsarge Pass Date Climbed: 8/13/2005  Sucess!


Climbed after the crappy Keararge Pinnacles with Heinrich and my little bro Curt. Was a slog with a cool summit pinnacle.
Posted Nov 10, 2005 11:16 pm

Dave DalyRoute Climbed: South Ridge (via Kearsarge Pass) Date Climbed: 8 Oct 2005  Sucess!

Dave Daly

Deb and I climbed up to Gould on our way to Dragon Peak. She had soloed this peak a week prior under windy conditions. Still a bit windy this day as well. Scrambled up the east side of the summit (4th class moves). The short gully to the east, just below the summit, looked in condition. Saw that Joe Dawson (assuming that's the same SP'er joesephdawson) made an entry in September.
Posted Oct 11, 2005 3:07 pm

James_WRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July, 2005


Attempted to climb Gould driectly from Kearsarge pass trail. Slogged up talus until ridge was gained. Ended up on rock overhang, should have taken the easy way (Class 1-2 talus slope). Another lesson learned in a beautiful classroom.
Posted Oct 4, 2005 10:29 am

DebRoute Climbed: South Ridge from Kearsarge Pass Date Climbed: 2 October 2005


X3 -
06 May 07
Really fun trip with Rick Kent and Tina despite the high winds (what's new?). Views are stupendous and vast! Always excited to get on some icy cold stone at altitude. :)

Updated entry:

8 October 2005 OK, I did this peak again with Dave a week later; weather was much nicer although still windy. Took the south facing scramble up the summit blocks, much easier than the back side. MAN there is some angry looking ice in that northeastern chute!

2 October 2005 - Quick day hike could have been quicker if it weren't for the 40 knot winds at the pass! I was blown off my feet several times on the ridge line; had to dip down on the eastern side and mainly Class 3'd until reaching summit blocks. Totally forgot to check out the summit blocks on the south side, so I scrambled up on the north side (not too many footholds for boots unless you're over 5'5"!). Exited the summit on south side, much easier with pack and useless ice axe (served only as a lightning rod in the event of rain).

Also hit up Peak 3912 because in my starvation/dehydration/hypothermic state, I thought it was Dragon Peak. HAHA! Then I saw Dragon Peak while I was scoping out the antenna farm on the lesser north end of Gould. OK forget it, I'm freezing, starving and nearing my turn around time.... next trip.

Saw plenty of bear poop, mule eared deer and grouse in the woods, along with imposing lenticular clouds which thankfully just blew on by; beautiful fall foilage and crisp mountain air aaaaaaaah, another successful solo.
Posted Oct 3, 2005 1:21 pm

Desert SolitaireRoute Climbed: SE Ridge Date Climbed: May 1, 2005  Sucess!

Desert Solitaire

Great snowclimb and dayhike. Low hanging, misty clouds made for a great atmosphere and for fun mixed climbing on the summit blocks.
Posted Sep 2, 2005 8:41 pm

pinchRoute Climbed: South Ridge off of Kearsage Pass Date Climbed: 8/24/05  Sucess!


This capped off a nice 4 day backpacking trip. Just a walk in the park until the class 3 summit rocks. That was a little unnerving for a mere hiker like myself.
Posted Aug 26, 2005 10:46 am

Eric LRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 6 Aug 2005  Sucess!

Eric L

I climbed this peak on a SPS trip. Fun half day climb.
Posted Aug 8, 2005 9:32 pm

RSN473Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: June 11, 2004  Sucess!


Traversed from Dragon Peak
Posted Jun 2, 2005 12:13 pm

granite4brainsRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: 05/25/02  Sucess!


This is one of the easiest peaks I climbed in the Sierras. So, strangely enough, it is also the one that took the most number of attempts to get to the top! Scared off by weather one time and altitude sickness in our party the second time. But the third time was a charm .. fun climb, even though it's a slog. This is a great conditioner climb.
Posted Mar 4, 2005 10:17 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Traverse from Dragon Peak Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Second stop on a Dragon-Gould-Rixford dayhike with Bob and Michael. Summit block was a short but interesting scramble.
Posted Nov 17, 2004 9:36 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Traverse from Dragon Peak Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Day 8 of the 2004 Sierra Challenge, twelve of us started out from Onion Valley, eight made it to the summit of Dragon, ten to the summit of Gould, and three to the summit of Rixford. Safe to say, we pretty much covered the area that day. Trip Report
Posted Nov 16, 2004 3:38 pm

gluballsRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: Oct 10,2004  Sucess!
Easy climb to the top. We avoided the annoying class 1 slog by climbing the class 2 talus along the ridge. Made things a little more interesting by climbing some of the larger blocks just for fun. To reach the summit you can either climb the easy class 3 along the ridge or the easy class 4 on the west face. We chose the east face because of some potentially unstable rock on the ridge.
Posted Oct 11, 2004 12:34 pm

CompletebumRoute Climbed: S. Ridge Date Climbed: August 28, 2004  Sucess!


Side trip on our way out from Charlotte lake. 40 min. to summit from the pass. The summit blocks are short but fun to climb on.
Posted Aug 29, 2004 3:29 pm

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