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RootsSoutheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2000


Cool enough. Lots of work for such a short class 3 section. Where's Warren? - could not find him : )
Posted Aug 29, 2011 7:13 pm

jonandmaliaLangley - the second time in a month  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011


We went up July 17, took New Army up/back. Great time. Noticed the sign in books were all full. SO, we went back 8/21 and did it again. Brought new sign in book (blue spiral in ziplock). Weather was great! Didn't have any snow to cross on New Army. We went down Old Army. Most of the snow had melted since July, but there was a dicey 50' section near the mid section of bowl (the start of where the trail crosses the bowl, to the switchbacks up the south wall). Lots of people (backpackers) were going up it without crampons/ice axes. Going down, it could get dicey in that section though. Don't recommend it without at least microspikes/yaktrax and something to self arrest. Not sure how long it will be safe. Great time though, beautiful area! We'll be back. If taking Old Army, be safe. New Army is a nice safe route. Have fun!
Posted Aug 23, 2011 8:25 pm

wbassEpic New Army  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011


This 22 (or was it 23?) mile r/t ascent was likely our longest, most grueling day hike ever, not to mention the endless final 3 miles. Fortunately, the views were fantastic, weather good and a two seater buzzed us a few times. A nice introduction to CA high points.
Posted Aug 16, 2011 11:30 pm

Niels79Old Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011


Camped at Lake 5 Friday with three friends. Went up the steep chute the following morning which took us approximately 3 1/2 hours. Reached the Langley summit at 3.30 PM. Spent a couple of hours at the summit. The Old Army Pass trail seemed to difficult to descent in the dark, so we headed over to New Army Pass, but decided to spend the night at the Pass and then head out in the morning.

One of the most challenging and best hikes sofare! Personally I would not recommend the chute to anyone unless you are very experienced with ice axe and crampons(67 degree (average)) self-arrest is not a possibility. One of our team members had a close call and almost fell down the chute. Should I ever do this route again then I would bring ice tools

The round trip from the parking lot to lake five over Old Army Pass to Langley and back down New Army Pass to the parking lot was 26 miles
Posted Jul 28, 2011 10:39 pm

Peter50Re: Old Army Pass
That is some kind of ice climb! When I was there on July 22, 2011 there was only one set of tracks in the snow from bottom of Old Army Pass to the top. I am not surprised one of your party almost fell, you have to really be experienced to climb that chunk of ice. I don't think the old army pass will be free of snow until Spetember or perhaps not at all passable without an ice climb this year. Regular hikers like myself need to stay off Old Army and use New Army for the summit trek. It's a great hike.
Posted Jul 29, 2011 6:15 am

Niels79Re: Old Army Pass


I can only agree and we where in over our heads. We saw a young couple with their two dogs that went up the old army pass trail without crampons or ice axes. And we noticed quite a few skid marks from them in the soft snow when we attempted to go back down late in the evening.

When did you summit Friday or Saturday? If Saturday then we must have passed each other on the trail somewhere.
Posted Jul 29, 2011 10:05 pm

Peter50Re: Old Army Pass
We went up on Saturday so I guess we passed eachother. We got down about 7:30 pm, started at 6 am.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 4:22 am

Peter50Mt Langely  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2011
Hiked Mt langely on July 22, 2011. Old Army pass is snowed in, it won't open until September if at all. Took New Army pass to the summit, 13 hours round trip and I am in good shape. This is a stressful hike. Spectacular views at first lake 4 miles into the hike.
Posted Jul 25, 2011 4:10 am

hightineraryNiner  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2014


After my ninth ascent of Langley, I also climbed over The Fin and Woollyback on my way back to the trailhead.
Posted Jul 24, 2011 2:02 pm

astrogerlyNew Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011


@dmasten and I climbed Langley via NAP this past weekend. A bit of snow made finding the trail tricky in spots, but overall the climb wasn't too bad. We had tried via OAP three weeks ago and we unsuccessful. This was my first 14er and it was awesome!
Posted Jul 18, 2011 1:15 pm

b_bettsStill snowy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011


Patches of snow made staying on the New Army Pass trail a bit tricky, but not too bad.
Posted Jul 18, 2011 11:40 am

dmastenVia Cottonwood Pass/PCT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010
A bit crowded, had to do the alternate route of entering the wilderness via Cottonwood Pass. Camped at the west end of New Army Pass trail. Made the summit on day two shortly after lunch. Smoke from a forest fire made the descent less pleasant. Day three, returned the same way I came.
Posted Jun 30, 2011 12:32 am

dmastenEarly Season
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011
Although we were prepared for snow and ice, the conditions on New Army, Army, and Winter Passes were beyond our ability. Nevertheless, the hiking and camping in the Cottonwood Lakes area was excellent.
Posted Jun 30, 2011 12:26 am

Travissmith2251Old Army Pass   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2010


Amazing Trip
Posted Apr 28, 2011 11:00 pm

platypiiFirst time above 14k!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2009


Came from Cottonwood Lakes to New Army Pass. Great views! Learned that AMS feels exactly like a hangover... except more booze doesn't help.
Posted Feb 10, 2011 1:39 pm

GigaMikeDifferent Routes  Sucess!


Been up Langley a few times from different routes. The NE Couloir is my favorite and I also climbed it on my way to Whitney Portal from Horseshoes Meadows as a day hike.
Posted Feb 8, 2011 1:01 am

brucegEast Ridge  Sucess!


1978 Northernmost Cottonwood Lake to East Ridge, a little Class 3 just below the summit, returned by New Army Pass
Posted Dec 22, 2010 4:35 pm

dhoffmanOld Army Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


Fun but tiring slog up the sand to the summit of Langley from Old Army Pass. Great views.
Posted Nov 15, 2010 7:01 pm

GroundControlVia New Army Pass from Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2010


Dayhiked roundtrip from the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead ~0600 to ~1730, wow, what a great day! Gorgeous views, met a ranger counting Bighorn sheep atop Mt. Langley. Tiring, but a great day.
Posted Oct 14, 2010 3:42 pm

onramp361st 14er
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2009
From Long Lake via New Army Pass. Clouds rolled in just as we came down. Rained all night.
Posted Oct 5, 2010 2:29 pm

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