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wmollandFrom the col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2014


That glacier is melting fast! A short, fun scramble from the col. Maybe a little more exciting since I didn't find the cairns until I was past the hard parts. Over to Maclure after for a two peak day.
Posted Jul 23, 2014 9:26 pm

braindancerTalus nightmare
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012


We did this as an overnighter. However, despite being quite organized about early start on summit day, we spent so much time scrambling up the endless talus pile that realized that we're not making it. Had to head back, pack up and do a speed-hike to the car.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 11:52 pm

orbitorVia Lyell Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2013


Single-day push from Tuolumne Meadows. Beautiful easy walk through Lyell Canyon, a good hike uphill to near the bottom of Donohue Pass, then off-trail over granite benches, up the moraine/boulder fields to the glacier. Glacier was in bad shape, bergschrund had opened up like a maw. Went all the way to the right, had to cross an icy snow bridge to get onto the class 3 ledges. Some exposed climbing with loose rock to reach summit plateau, then easy class 2 scramble to summit. Magnificent views in all directions. Truly an emblem Sierra summit. Hike back out seemed never-ending, but the effort was absolutely worth it.
Posted Aug 20, 2013 6:46 pm

DonnoEast ArĂȘte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2011


Greta quality route from TH to summit. With Pete & Rahil
Posted Aug 13, 2013 12:12 pm

mmakiMt Lyell, Aug 4 2013  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2013


Goal was to to do Lyell and Parsons Peak, two county high points in two days, but Lyell was enough for this trip and us old farts. We'll just have to come back another day and do Parsons. Unfortunately the Aspen fire was burning to the west so we had a bit of smokey haze. Pics from trip http://goo.gl/TOBO49
Posted Aug 11, 2013 10:49 pm

cabTuolumne Meadows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013


Dayhike of Lyell & Maclure from Tuolumne Meadows. We used crampons starting from the foot of the Lyell Glacier and followed the snow to its highest point just right of the bergschrund. From there, the transition to easy Class 3 rock was no problem. Great 360 degree views from the summit.

Pictures here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112879518379511802005/albums/5895650451066702657
Posted Jul 1, 2013 12:03 pm

David NaylorFrom the Col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2012

David Naylor

From the Lyell/McClure col. The crampons and ice-ax were essential getting up a steep section of the icy glacier where it met the granite ledges.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 2:19 pm

LincolnB1987  Sucess!


Climbed as part of a Berkeley class in glacier safety. Spent a lot of time flopping down on the soggy ice and practicing arrests.
Posted Dec 7, 2011 4:12 pm

mengboFrom the Col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011


Climbed both Maclure and Lyell same day.
Posted Sep 6, 2011 12:53 am

dkangasSnow galore  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2011
With Josh H. We were on firm snow from about 10K feet. Did the glacier direct route all the way to the summit ridge. There are a number of small chutes to the top, none of them more than 40 degrees. With axe and crampons it was a breeze. Descended by the 3rd class rock to the Lyell-McClure col and then did McClure. Day-hiked the whole thing at 13 hours.
Posted Jul 21, 2011 2:26 am

Vitaliy M.Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010

Vitaliy M.

Nice outing with Chad and Max. Continued up to Maclure too. Met several SPers
Posted Jun 28, 2011 5:01 pm

JiveyNE Approach, Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2010


Went for it solo after my partners all bailed. Started at Tuolumne and camped out right around timberline. Had really fine weather but the glacier was in bad shape with sun cups, which made for a rough patch. Other than that, straightforward rock scrambling up to the summit, with a truly breathtaking view. Beautiful climb!
Posted May 6, 2011 4:54 pm

mountainmattEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2010


Climbed up a number of times throughout my years in the park. Awesome view!
Posted Feb 7, 2011 7:59 pm

Princess ButtercupLong way in...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2010

Princess Buttercup

Up the SE ridge from the (really long and suncupped) glacier. A gorgeous peak with tremendous views!
Posted Nov 15, 2010 11:49 pm

NateELyell Mclure Col
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2010


This was the opener to a week of backpacking in Yosemite. We hiked in from Tuolomne and camped just as the trail starts to ascend. As I was the only one really excited about summitting Lyell, we got a late start the next day. Two of us made it to the Col. I was able to scramble part way up the summit ridge solo, but turned back before getting all the way. I think I will come back to give this one another try. Amazing country here.
Posted Sep 3, 2010 12:36 pm

ckerthLyell / Maclure Col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2010


Camped near tree line along the Lyell Fork. Climbed Lyell and Maclure from the col.
Posted Aug 23, 2010 7:06 pm

seanoEast arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2010


Daytrip from Tuolomne. The glacier is longer than it looks. Trip report
Posted Aug 22, 2010 11:27 pm

bennovakGlacier Direct  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2010


Suncups made the snow travel very tedious and slow. Avoided the schrund on the left (East) on the way up and the right (West) on the way down. All the rock we found was fine class 3.
Posted Aug 6, 2010 8:40 pm

mrchad92x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010


Second time up, the first in August 2007 with Ron when doing the CA county highpoints.

Headed back with Vitaliy and Max to get Maclure as well. Great scenery and the weather held out just enough for us.

Lots of snow cover completely covered the bergschrund, until I fell though it up to my chest. A little surpising, and looking back into it, a huge space, up to 15+ feet deep in places.
Posted Jul 26, 2010 12:46 pm

JonodoLyell / Maclure Col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2009


Camped in Lyell Canyon and summited the following day. A slight dusting of snow made the climbing a little more interesting. Winds were fierce. We were hit by a mild early season storm the night after we climbed the peak. The snow made for a beautiful setting and lots fewer people.
Posted Oct 5, 2009 3:28 pm

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