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Dave KRoute Climbed: Army Pass--sort of Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

Dave K

A nice climb with my friend Mike! We didn’t have the gear to deal with the cornices on the Army Passes, so we stayed at Chicken Spring Lake in Golden Trout Wilderness and hiked from the west.
Posted Dec 22, 2002 10:01 pm

bennovakRoute Climbed: Old army pass Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!


Hiked with Richard Elder. Pretty good day hike with incredible scenery from the lakes basin on. About 11 hrs with a couple of those used for fishing the cottonwood lakes, brilliant goldies, bring a pole.
Posted Dec 18, 2002 10:00 pm

Eric TiptonRoute Climbed: Northeast Chute Date Climbed: May,1999  Sucess!
Kenn Kennega and I approached the climb from Tuttle Creek. It had recenly snowed and we slogged thru snow up to our dicks from start to summit.
Posted Dec 10, 2002 9:21 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Rest and Be Thankful, IV+ or V, 5.10A, First Ascent Date Climbed: September 5,6, 1999


The Northern side of the mountain offers incredible selection of sharp aretes, buttresses and ridges. In the fall of 1999, Miguel Carmona and I climbed the "right hand" skyline arete, visible from Highway 395 at Lone Pine. The approach is via south fork of Tuttle Creek and Keyhole Wall. The route turned out to be 15 pitches long, with mostly 5.9 and easier climbing. Two pitches of 5.10 crack climbing. The route was just climbed second time in July 2002. Email me if you would like me to mail you a topo. There is detailed TR on SCMA site-www.rockclimbing.org, go to Gallery for pictures and Trip Reports for write up.
Posted Nov 10, 2002 9:55 am

cartaleRoute Climbed: Via NAP Date Climbed: 9/2/2002  Sucess!


I finally did it! My first 14er! Although I bruised the first three toes on my left foot, the day was great! I could barely walk by the time I got to the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead.

Round trip was 10 hours exactly. Up via New Army Pass and came down Old Army Pass
Posted Nov 5, 2002 1:05 pm

tbnelsonRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: October 5, 2002  Sucess!


Summited via the South Slopes with friends from church. We made camp at Cottonwood Lakes and then summited in a little under three hours from the lake. Two storms the week prior had left a fair amount of snow on the summit plateau. Old Army Pass had a little snow and ice in places. Great views of Whitney and Russell and Williamson to the north.
Posted Oct 8, 2002 2:46 pm

bearbnzRoute Climbed: Normal route with a variation to bypass Old Army Pass Date Climbed: June 15, 2002  Sucess!


Climbed Mt. Langley with ScottyS on our quest to climb all of the CA fourteeners this summer. The 21 mile round trip took 8.75 hours on the easy Cottonwood Lakes trail. First time up this peak. For images and info on this peak, visit my Mt. Langley page.
Posted Sep 27, 2002 5:06 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Old Army Pass to Summit Date Climbed: 9/14/02  Sucess!

Rick Kent

This was my first 14er! I'm hooked now! Perfect day for a dayhike! Got some excellent photos of Whitney, etc. Visibility was clear. Views were breathtaking. A fairly long hike, but other than the sand, was enjoyable. Gonna do Whitney and Muir next week.
Posted Sep 20, 2002 2:10 pm

pilz8Route Climbed: New army pass Date Climbed: june 2000  Sucess!


Nice trip!! The views were great, a pretty easy 14ner.
Posted Sep 11, 2002 8:55 pm

scottybRoute Climbed: New Army Pass Date Climbed: September 1998  Sucess!


Had a great weekend with my best friends, Matt, Albert, Jeff, and Ted
Posted Aug 26, 2002 10:44 pm

mdostbyRoute Climbed: Old Army Pass Date Climbed: August 24th 2002  Sucess!


Nice day hike with forjan. Very clear skys the entire day and great views from the summit dispite the month old McNally fire to the south. Back home and in the spa by 8:30 pm!
Posted Aug 25, 2002 9:55 am

forjanRoute Climbed: Old Army Pass Date Climbed: August 24, 2002  Sucess!


mdostby and I day hiked it. After a very sloggish morning (I'm still recuperating from a cough I caught in NW Spain plus the fact I didn't acclimate at all: basically left work [Camarillo, CA = 100 ft elev.] at 4:45pm Friday and arrived at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead around 9:45pm), I made the summit at 11:15am. Stayed there almost an hour enjoying the views. A bit windy and cool at the summit today, though. No snow in Old Army Pass by the way. We had a leisurely descent, arriving at the cars by 4:50pm.
Posted Aug 24, 2002 9:45 pm

ScottySRoute Climbed: Cottonwood Lakes Trail w/buttress variation Date Climbed: June 15, 2002  Sucess!


Dayhiked with bearbnz for my 2nd 14'er. We took a 3rd-4th class buttress variation to avoid the sandy Old Army Pass route. It was nice and fast! Mosquitos made us run through the Lakes bowl! Round trip time = 8hrs 45min.

More pics, etc are available on my homepage here.
Posted Aug 11, 2002 9:43 pm

Joe HanssenRoute Climbed: Normal Route/'Winter Route' Date Climbed: August 4 '02  Sucess!

Joe Hanssen

Pretty basic climb, good views from the top. Even in August Old Army Pass was filled with snow, so I took the saddle north of it (Winter Route) and thought it was great. A little sandy but more direct, and made for a quick descent on the way out, 20 minutes from saddle to lakes edge. The 'Winter Route' was 65F going up, after cresting the saddle it dropped to 40F. 18 others signed the register from the day before, I passed 6 others heading up while on my descent.

9:10 CTC
Posted Aug 5, 2002 3:34 pm

daniellwuRoute Climbed: From Horseshoe Meadow Trailhead Date Climbed: July 20th, 2002  Sucess!


Left Caltech (Pasadena) at 8:30 pm. Got to trailhead at 12:30 am Saturday. Napped til 5:00 am. Started hiking at 6 am. Summited at 12:15 pm via Old Army Pass. Returned to trailhead at 7 pm. Drove back to Pasadena. A very long and tiring day.

Most snow on the Old Army Pass is gone now. Wasn't as exposed/scary as I thought it would be.

Going from sea level to above 14,000 ft in 12 hours with 4 hours of sleep isn't a good idea, as I found out the hard way. Acclimate, acclimate, acclimate.
Posted Jul 23, 2002 2:34 am

ocelotRoute Climbed: west face Date Climbed: September, 1987  Sucess!


My base camp was at Sky Blue Lake, west of Langley. I climbed a class 2-3 route up a moderate canyon on the west face all the way to the summit plateau. I remember drinking crystal clear cold water straight from a rivulet coming down a rock face. Nice climb, incredible view of the Owens Valley.
Posted Jul 9, 2002 9:21 pm

AndersonAdventuresRoute Climbed: via Old Army Pass Date Climbed: July 5, 2002  Sucess!


We agree with prior postings. The last 20 feet of Old Army Pass is covered by a 30 degree snowfield that is 10 feet from the edge of a cliff - one mis-step and you're a goner. Take an ice axe for safety. The snow is melting and is the consistency of mashed potatoes, very slippery. The snow should melt off within 2 weeks, judging from the current weather. The summit is beautiful. We went up the Class 2 route and descended the Class 3, but neither is as exposed as Old Army Pass. Remember, fear is a good thing - it may save your life.
Posted Jul 8, 2002 12:02 pm

Derek DavisRoute Climbed: Old Army Pass Date Climbed: June 29, 2002  Sucess!

Derek Davis

Struggled with the exposure of a short stretch of snow through Old Army Pass, which I would consider Class 4 but I could be wrong and with lack of defined trail to the summit, but made it anyway. Descended New Army Pass for the return trip. See my trip report for some extras, but it probably won't help veteran hikers.
Posted Jul 5, 2002 6:23 pm

kevinRoute Climbed: Old Army Pass to summit Date Climbed: 6/29/02  Sucess!


I saw the boy scouts summit log. Which is really interesting because we saw them when we were about 15 minutes from the summit. There was four of us in our group. We had a base camp at cottonwood Lake #3 We wen't to the summit on Sat. the 29th. We went up old army pass. The trail was pretty good until we reached about 100 yards from the top of old army pass. There was a snow field that was about a 100 feet long. We had to cut steps into the snow to get across the field to get to the top of the pass, which was class four. If any of us would have gone down we would have been history. Three of the four of us reached the summit that day. We did see a glider when we were on the summit which was cool. The weather on the summit was perfect it was 61 degrees F at about 2:30pm with light wind.
Posted Jul 1, 2002 10:21 pm

Troop883Route Climbed: New Army Pass Date Climbed: 6/29/02  Sucess!


What a great time. The troop hiked up on Friday and stayed at South Fork Lake. On Saturday the summit team Pat , Brian , Seth , Shea , John , Don , Bob , Greg and Russ made it to the top. The group left at about 8:00 and made the peak at 2:00 back to camp at about 5:30. The base camp crew took care of the fresh fish. Ansel , John , Ryan , Scott , Kyle , Mike , Wil , Greg. This was a great shake down for the Muir this summer and a great hike for some of the new boys too. Our guys felt New Army pass is the way to go. Old Army looked a little tough with out the right gear. Hiked out on Sunday . Mike's brother inlaw Dan and His Niece Tiffany also made the hike. They went up New Army and they came back over Old Army Pass.
Posted Jul 1, 2002 10:45 am

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