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ZarathustraCathedral Lake route from Tallac trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2010


I loved it. Beautiful all the way up, and world class views of Tahoe from the summit. Watch out for assertive marmots!

Party included Lynda (aka Zarathustraswife), her brother Danny and his wife Kellie. Conditioning for Half Dome.

"Fatigue plus loose talus equals broken ankle." Fortunately this didn't happen to anyone in our party, but I kept thinking it over and over in my head on the way down.
Posted Mar 21, 2011 11:07 pm

ZarathustraswifeConditioning for Half Dome   Sucess!


Did this hike with my husband, brother, and sister-in-law. The elevation gain was good training for Half Dome which we did in August 2010. Challenging hike, but the views at the top were amazing.
Posted Mar 21, 2011 2:39 pm

mrchad92x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2011


Planned on Cross Couloir, but avy conditions and cornices at the top led us to go up a chute further right to the ridge. Great day with great views. Also climbed it on Sep 30, 2006.
Posted Mar 15, 2011 4:15 pm

dkangasCross Couloir Variation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2011
The top of the couloir was heavily corniced, but Josh H. and I spied a small chute veering to the right, branching from the main couloir close to the top. Its entrance was protected by some rock and ice, but once we got past this crux it was 100 feet of climbing at 60 degrees on good snow till we topped out. Excellent day!
Posted Jan 19, 2011 12:28 am

SFMountaineerMt. Tallac Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2010


Climbed on arguably the final hiking (as opposed to snowshoeing) day of the 2010 season. Started at 11am and finished at 5:30pm. Mostly pleasant hike, although a cold front blew over between the start of the hike and about 3pm, causing chilly temps and windy conditions in exposed areas. As we began our descent, the sun came out and warmed things up, winds calmed down, and some spectacular cumulous clouds formed over the crystal range. A significant snowstorm arrived the following morning, which probably will result in permanent snow cover at higher elevations until Spring.
Posted Nov 8, 2010 12:59 pm

badmajickClear day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2005


through trip from echo lakes to fallen leaf lake,decided to make a stop.
Posted Nov 7, 2010 11:18 pm

oliverkaltIn bad winter weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2009


When the bad weather moved in we quickly drove over from Bridgeport and skied NE-ridge up and NE-bowl down before all hell broke loose. No view, high winds, bad snow, but a memorable adventure.
Posted Sep 20, 2010 11:56 pm

WhiteInVermontBest View of Tahoe  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


Amazing unobstructed view of the entire lake.
Posted Sep 17, 2010 6:06 pm

Paul86Winter and Summer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2009


This climb spit us out in the winter but I tried the hiking trail last summer and it was easy and fun. I greatly recommend this peak as a good summer hiking experience.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 12:49 am

rmick25Great view!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2010


Great way to start the morning on my thru hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Posted Sep 13, 2010 2:25 am

mengboJuly 5th, 2010  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2010


Mt Tallac: Duration: 6 hours 48 minutes; Length: 9 miles; Average Speed: 1.3 mph; Vertical Change: 3500
Posted Aug 10, 2010 8:39 pm

MiroslavaMy best mountain to date  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010


My SPS peak number 4.
Although I did enjoy Granite Chief quite a bit the day before, the hike up Tallac was the highlight of my climbing career so far. I liked splashing in Cathedral Lake, which was surprisingly warm. Then I took a nap. The hike was tough for my father. He had to lay down for several minutes on the summit while my mother and I were enjoying the views. We were the last party on the top that day. Got back just before dark.
Posted Jul 28, 2010 5:22 pm

cbarry1014We Made It!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010
Mariel (age 11), Rich and I had a lovely and challenging hike today! We started off at 9:15am in 55 degree sunny weather. Gorgeous day the whole way, not too hot, a bit buggy in places. The hike above Cathedral Lake was difficult - steep and rock hopping over large, sharp boulders and steep loose shale. The trail was difficult to find in many places and we got lost on the way back. The top was amazing! The views were completely worth the hike and everything others have posted about the views were true. Spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness, Emerald Bay, and Fallen Leaf Lake. We took 8.5 hours to do the entire hike and went through all of our water (one camelback per person). Used a lot of sunscreen and bug spray. All had hats and sunglasses. We saw 6 marmots, many, many chipmunks, heard a grouse. We are sore but glad we did it!
Posted Jul 3, 2010 11:46 pm

MarmadukeClear Day   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010


Started at 6:30am and was at the summit at 9:30. Took longer than expected. Fantastic views. Great hike. Nobody hiking on the way up (3 had started at 3am & were up there when I arrived), but many going up on my way down.
Posted Jun 28, 2010 12:41 am

justingFun ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2010


Ascended the NE ridge and skied the NE bowl. Great fun and the views are hard to beat.
Posted Apr 13, 2010 11:41 pm

bc44caesarNortheast Ridge/Cross Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2010


Climbed the Northeast Ridge to the summit, then skied the Cross Couloir. Variable snow in the couloir, but there was knee-deep powder in a lot of places and great snow in the bowl below!
Posted Mar 28, 2010 12:10 am

CWesselsSnowshoe Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2010


Set out to tackle the NE Ridge, but got off-route quickly and ended up freestyling some unknown ridge to the base of the couloirs. Found the NE Bowl to gain the summit, eventually. Amazing views up top, and perfect weather!
Posted Mar 21, 2010 7:20 pm

winemanvanEasy walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 1976


Easy hike, great views.
Posted Mar 16, 2010 10:34 am

granjeroPow Turns in Babycham  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2006


Unbeatable views, excellent turns.
Posted Mar 3, 2010 9:24 pm

bizjacks, dicks, tallac  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008


This was a fun solo traverse of some major peaks in desolation wilderness. Started and finished at Lake of the Woods.
Posted Feb 18, 2010 6:25 pm

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