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thexcatTuolumne Meadows  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008


Climbed Lyell and Maclure in one day. Attempted and failed same trip 1 month earlier. Had the whole mountain to myself. Left Tuolomne meadows at 3am, made it to Lyell-Maclure saddle by 8am, off both summits by 1pm and back to the car around 7pm. Got caught by a nasty thunder, hail and rain storm on the way down and hurt my ankle pretty bad so the return was slow.
Posted Jul 28, 2008 1:59 pm

Sam PageFun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1994

Sam Page

I forget the exact date. We bivied (me with no tent or sleeping bag, just to experiment) at trail's end, then climbed exhilaratingly steep snow to the top.
Posted Apr 19, 2008 10:46 pm

panweilinA 28-hr day day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007


zurg and I started the hike from Tuolumne Lodge Trailhead at 5:15am Saturday 7/21, peaked Mt. Lyell (13,114 ft) about 3:40pm, came down passing the glacier till 12,000ft, and continued to the talus about 11,900ft, where at around 7pm zurg stepped on a loose boulder and fell, while the boulder rolled over and pinned down his two legs. I rushed down and together with zurg, used ice axes to lift up the boulder for about one inch to free zurg's left leg, then the two pushed/pulled the boulder further for zurg to pull out his right leg. Fortunately there was no broken bone, as zurg could still manage to stand up and move around. His left foot got swollen and couldn't get out of his boot, and there were various scratches and bruises on his right leg, left arm, and both hands. After evaluating the situation, we decided to continue descending. I carried all zurg's gears, while zurg enduring the pain of limp walking with the help of hiking poles. The two slowly hiked out the 1.5 mile off-trail section, hit the trail at 11pm, covered the rest 10 miles on trail, and eventually returned to the trailhead safely at 9am Sunday 7/22.
Posted Oct 25, 2007 2:17 pm

leftyFrom the Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007


Tagged both Lyell and Maclure
Posted Sep 14, 2007 9:29 pm

Zingedayhike lyell-maclure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2007


Made for one hell of a long day... but well worth it!
Posted Sep 11, 2007 12:52 am

rhyangEast Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007


Climbed up left side of glacier to East Arete; lots of ice patches on glacier - clearly the melt streams have been freezing overnight - bring steel crampons and know french technique ! There were pools of ice near the moraine.

Fantastic views, perfect day, a bit windy. Descended standard route to Lyell-Maclure saddle. The glacier was in better condition from there (smaller ice patches, more snow).
Posted Aug 6, 2007 3:53 am

bechttGlacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2007


Crossed schrund via what appeared as the last snow bridge. Peak #1 on JMT adventure.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 4:51 pm

AdamusEast Snowfield and Traverse Along Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2007
Went up the first snowfield on the east side of the buttress and did class 4/5 climbing west along the ridge to the summit. Continued down to saddle and scrambled up Maclure as well. The bergschrund is small. Easily avoidable on the west side if one keeps to the ridge or climbs the rock. Glacier has melted way down. One could pretty much avoid almost all snow by staying as far west as they can along the base of Maclure Ridge and sticking to talus. Any snow along here is so low-angled that it's not much concern anyway though. A good, hot day.
Posted Jul 30, 2007 5:11 pm

VladislavDayhike Lyell/Maclure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


Like a river
I'll make many turns
Before reaching the end
Of the journey.
Posted Jul 18, 2007 11:16 am

sierramtngoatRoute Climbed: NW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


Climbed the NW Ridge with Maria, following the path of least resistance midway up the glacier; the snow was very soft so the "glacier direct" with the massive bergschrund and the steep pitch at the top was not an option. We stayed very close to the ridge line and agreed that it is class 4 at least one point, in a 10 ft. chimney. The view from the top was spectacular. I have great respect for people that dayhike Lyell; even in good conditions, I imagine that this mountain would be a very long day. Lyell Canyon is gorgeous though, well worth the base camp haul in my humble opinion.
Posted Jul 15, 2007 4:51 pm

metasyn11Lyell Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2007


I had planned on taking the glacier considerably higher up the summit ridge to avoid the steep section altogether... and I made it around the gaping bergschrund but soon steep, soft, suncupped snow forced me off early, right at the middle of the steep class 3-4 rock.
The rock was scrambled and the summit reached.
I avoided the rapidly softening snow on the descent, heading directly to the col, encountering much stiff class 3 rock (occasionally unnerving).
Keema documented.
Posted Jul 14, 2007 12:04 pm

Desert SolitaireRegister  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Desert Solitaire

Climbed with a great team. Glacier was incredibly suncupped, and thus not quite the best snow climb. Left a brand new register up there. The register lives on the summit. Please do not remove it from there.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 1:03 am

tb00957lyell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2004
low snow year. there is a class 4 move.
Posted Jun 22, 2007 4:00 pm

PantilatLyell/Maclure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007


9 hours and 55 minute round trip from Tuolumne Meadows.
Posted Jun 20, 2007 2:45 am

gjonbelayLyell from the Maclure Saddle in 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2004


After we traversed the glacier we ascended from saddle between Lyell and Maclure. Bob Suzuki lead us up this peak on a PCS trip.Trip Report.
Posted Jun 14, 2007 5:43 pm

bcdlyell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2007


still lots of snow in the upper elevations.
Posted Jun 4, 2007 2:12 pm

murraymcleodClimbed via the usual glacier route....  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1972


...but back in ancient days when the glacier was really something (must have extended almost to Tuolomne Meadows back in the 70's, if my memory is correct!). All I really remember is lots of mosquitos at the small lake base-camp. Climbed with wife #1 (Susan Stubblefield) on honeymoon hike!
Posted Apr 10, 2007 6:17 pm

hockeymanAwesome trip!  Sucess!


Hiked in Lyell Canyon. Camped high - about 10 miles in. Left camp early the next morning with light packs. crampons and axes. Did the Class 4 ridge to the summit. Getting on the ridge was the crux. Great views of Banner and Ritter.
Posted Mar 7, 2007 4:46 pm

Dennis PoulinMt. Lyell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2006

Dennis Poulin

This is a LONG dayhike. Beautiful wilderness experience with only a few people on the trails.
Posted Oct 29, 2006 10:33 pm

RockmanGreat fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2005


First time I specifically set out to bag a peak. I must say, it's kind of nice.
Posted Aug 29, 2006 4:54 am

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