Route Climbed: from SE Saddle Date Climbed: August 3, 2002
Our first-ever multipitch route. We camped at the large saddle between the south and central summits--great spot, if a bit hard to reach with a heavy pack. Although the climbing was easy, the rappels turned into quite an extravaganza. Thanks to a gutsy downlead by Kim from an intermediate anchor, we were able to descend the route in "2.5" rappels with a 60-meter rope. We met the (infamous?) Yosemite climbing ranger, Mark Fincher, on the hike out, and felt less bad about our near-epic when he called the rappel "terrifying". Very fun climb!
I think "5.0" is a bit of a sandbag. The toughest moves on the first pitch seemed 5.4ish, and had some decent runouts. However, most of the rest of the route is probably class 4.
The oldest register book dates from 1985! We saw signatures from Greg Daggett ("Greg D") and Bob Burd ("snwburd").
Route Climbed: SE Saddle Date Climbed: Sept 11, 1999 / June 23, 2000
Monty and I took my brother Tom out for his first technical climb ever - he'd never even used a harness. It was a gas, even if it didn't seem like Monty and I knew what the hell we were doing (novices ourselves). It took us all day primarily because we spent so many hours messing with the rope.
The second time I climbed with Michael on our way to Mt. Clark, and we did it more efficiently, cleaner, and faster. But it wasn't as much fun as the first time! :)