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ripper333Route Climbed: glacier Date Climbed: july 2005  Sucess!
long approach from meadows... great place to camp.

beautiful conditions.. glad brought along ice axe..

nice to see an original summit register signed by

r.j. secor.. climbed with dave
Posted Oct 18, 2005 3:40 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: Galcier  Sucess!


Day Hike from the TM road. With Paul Dowdy.
Posted Oct 16, 2005 1:39 pm

POWERJLRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 25, 1996  Sucess!
Climbed with my cousins who were not prepared! Spent a cold night in the rocks on descent, managed to get Altitude Sickness (only time ever!) due to having just driven up from the Bay area, Cousin got a ticket for camping to close to a creek. (hey it was night!)

But is was all worth it because it was a great climb!
Posted Aug 18, 2005 3:08 pm

RSN473Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 23, 2001  Sucess!


Climbed with Mt. Maclure. As i remember, we had to get off the glacier sooner than we wanted which led to a couple of exciting moves.
Posted Mar 1, 2005 4:19 pm

brandonRoute Climbed: East Arete Date Climbed: Aug 2004  Sucess!


With Maclure and long day from the Meadows, but worth it.
Posted Dec 25, 2004 9:44 pm

GeneRoute Climbed: Glacier Date Climbed: June 1972/October 1979  Sucess!
First trip up was a day hike up and back from TM. Long day! Second trip was a weekender enhanced by my partner's fly fishing our dinner. When I went over Donahue Pass a couple of years ago, I was disturbed by how far the glacier has receded.
Posted Dec 20, 2004 4:01 am

LangenbacherRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: Summer, 1977  Sucess!


With Fritz and Dave, from Tuolumne meadows and out to south through Lyell-McClure Col (class 3-4), Hutchings Creek, and down the John Muir Trail to Happy Isles. Fritz got hit on the head by a bear while sleeping outside wilderness ranger station. We lost Dave for 2 days but finally found him jumping off a bridge into the river in the valley.

Climbed the Glacier without ice axe or crampons - lucky for use there were a lot of other people and their footsteps in the hard snow - I wouldn't do that again. Going down Lyell-Maclure col with packs wasn't easy - probably wouldn't do that again, either.
Posted Oct 18, 2004 8:05 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Day 2 of the 2004 Sierra Challenge. 5.5hrs to the summit, 11hr40min CTC including a stop at Maclure. Trip Report
Posted Sep 29, 2004 12:12 am

mpyleRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier/West Ridge Date Climbed: 12 September 2004  Sucess!


A really neat climb. From camp near 11,000', got a late start but still found the glacier treacherously icy in the morning. My brother had full crampons, but I only had some partials. We bypassed the glacier on the right side, going nearly to the Lyell/Maclure col before traversing the upper part of the glacier toward the summit. Got off the glacier as quickly as possible, and went up the class 2-3 ledges. Having seen pictures beforehand, and having looked at the mountain below, I never really expected to reach the top. Great views, and a great mix of non-technical climbing over snow/ice/rock.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 1:20 pm

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier/East Ridge Date Climbed: August 1, 2004  Sucess!


Quite a bear to dayhike! Especially with Maclure included. I did this peak as part of the Sierra Challenge, climbing the glacier before angling towards the col to the east, where Joel and I found a nice class 3 ledge system leading to the summit.
Posted Aug 10, 2004 4:19 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: W Ridge from Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: 24 July, 2004  Sucess!


Magnificent peak, but wish I could have enjoyed it more. Not wanting to chance wilderness permits being all taken, decided to do it in a day. Being at sea-level the day before, as well as getting 3 hours of sleep before undertaking this, was a bad idea. Felt like dog crap the whole day, but it certainly was a grand summit. Glacier had enough snow cover that I didn't need crampons. "Class 3" from the saddle to the easy class 2 (decent exposure on solid rock) was a lot of fun!
Posted Aug 2, 2004 11:30 am

SamanthaRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: 6/27/04  Sucess!


Great climb, good snow, awesome views. The approach is awfully pretty up Lyell Canyon.
Posted Jun 29, 2004 1:29 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: Lyell Galcier Date Climbed: June 27, 2004  Sucess!
Very rewarding climb. The Lyell area is stunningly gorgeous! We were lucky in our timing because a couple of hours later the area was surrounded by thunder clouds.
Posted Jun 28, 2004 9:44 pm

kovarpaRoute Climbed: East Ridge (Arete) Date Climbed: June 20, 2004  Sucess!


Wow!!!! At least the begining of the ridge is not Class 3 in my book... I was glad I brought a piece of rope so that I could tie Vendula in. There is significant exposure on both sides while climbing the ridge - definitely not for those who get dizzy easily. This is an awesome climb with beatiful scenery along the way on the approach and great views from the top.
Posted Jun 21, 2004 8:51 pm

tiogapRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: September, 1980  Sucess!


great peak with great views.
Posted Jun 5, 2004 9:29 pm

dankrasRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 20, 2004  Sucess!


good class 3 scramble
Posted May 24, 2004 2:32 am

CompletebumRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: July 15, 2003  Sucess!


Managed to squeeze this one in a day. Started at about 1, bivied about 600ft above the JMT and summited the next day. That is the last time I go to Yosemite in July without gallons of DEET.
Posted Apr 25, 2004 11:19 pm

NelsonRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: August, 1975  Sucess!


My second (and last, so far) Sierra summit. I moved out of California a month later. But seeing the beauty of the high Sierra that summer of '75 changed the life of this New York City boy.
Posted Feb 7, 2004 4:17 pm

Sam MillsRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

Sam Mills

A solo day hike from the Dog Lake TH parking lot. I left my truck at 4:00 am and was back at 5:20 pm. 27+ miles in 13 hours 20 minutes.
Posted Jan 29, 2004 4:56 pm

Dave DinnellRoute Climbed: Lyell Glacier Date Climbed: August 6, 1987  Sucess!

Dave Dinnell

First of 3 peaks for the day-Climbed severely sun-cupped Lyell Glacier Rt., traversed back to the Lyell-Maclure Col, climbed SE Ridge of Maclure then descended S. Face, traversed out across Donohue Pass and climbed Donohue Peak via SW Ridge before descending down Kuna Creek to Lyell Canyon. Great day trip!
Posted Jan 10, 2004 12:50 am

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