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bennovakRoute Climbed: Horton Lakes-Tungstar Mine Date Climbed: September 24 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2005

bennovak

Nice walk filled with some historical interest. The climb from the mine is really crappy scree and loose talus.
Posted Sep 26, 2005 3:11 pm

ChuckORoute Climbed: Horton Lakes Date Climbed: 25jun05  Sucess!

ChuckO

Challenging day. Used crampon for a 500 vertical foot section on the way up, and glissaded about 1200 vertical feet on the way down. Talus tip-toeing and class 3 sections caused me to continuously repeat to my self, "patience"! Slow and steady made this climb work for me. Climbed solo, saw one other party. On the way down found I had moved to far South was dropping into the South face with it's exposed gullies - had to climb back up and north to regain the S.W. ridge.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 3:18 pm

SkydiveKenRoute Climbed: Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: April 23 2005
Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2005

SkydiveKen

Perfect conditions turned around at 12,500' because of time.
Posted Jul 4, 2005 2:06 am

marmotingRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: April 2005  Sucess!
Dayhiked up north ridge on snow most of the way. Made huge mistake not bringing snowshoes- postholed up to armpits on way back down. Live and learn.
Posted Apr 28, 2005 11:01 pm

bechttRoute Climbed: Horton Lakes Date Climbed: Sep 92  Sucess!

bechtt

Liked the climb -- if only to see the remains of the Tungstar Mine
Posted Mar 12, 2005 2:32 pm

cottersnowRoute Climbed: Horton Lakes; Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: 2003-2004  Sucess!
Both are entertaining hikes, but the riding in Elderberry Canyon is the best of all. Go early and get good snow. Both routes are way doable in a day by a fit person and it doesn't feel like all the verticle it's hyped up to be ; unless you're riding good snow the whole way down......
Posted Feb 28, 2005 10:17 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Horton Lakes (Tungstar Mine) Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Really not as bad a slog as I'd expected, with superb views at the top.
Posted Nov 21, 2004 8:53 pm

dshoshoneRoute Climbed: Horton Lks-Tungstar Mine Date Climbed: Oct 10-2003

dshoshone

Actually ran into two other groups climbing the same day. 3x
Posted Oct 6, 2004 6:23 pm

stoneman5Route Climbed: Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: March, 2004

stoneman5

Snow and weather conditions prevented skiing from the ridge proper, but got a nice run in anyway from the bottom of the amphitheater below the bowl. Really nice, beautiful, huge canyon.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 7:37 pm

RSN473Route Climbed: From Horton Lakes Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!

RSN473

Climb was a bit of a slog - spirits were buoyed when I discovered 8-10 beers that had been left behind in snowbank near camp. After confirming that they were abandoned , a nearby neighbor and I enjoyed the brew. we packed the empties out the next day - sometimes "leave no trace" has it's rewards.
Posted Mar 4, 2004 6:31 pm

cragRoute Climbed: Horton Lakes-Tungstar Mine Date Climbed: April 1999  Sucess!

crag

Hit the snow line at around 8,000'. Spent the night at 10,000'. Too windy to set up tent or cook dinner. Had a pretty good case of AMS going in the morning but decided to go up anyway. Hid behind a large exposed rock to cut through the overhanging cornice. Then the long slog to the summit. The snow had softened up considerably by the time I came down again. I slipped passing back down through the cornice and my ice axe self-belay pulled through the soft snow. I fell about 10 feet into the soft snow right below the cornice and started sliding down the gentle slope. Snow was way too soft for effective self-arrest but I did manage to slow down quite a bit and eventually came to a complete stop right at the edge of an exposed talus pile. Good glissades the rest of the way down. Great view but definitely a slog.
Posted Jan 23, 2004 1:05 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: April 2000  Sucess!
One of the great ski descents in the Sierra!
Posted Jan 20, 2004 1:09 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: Tungstar Mine Date Climbed: September 2002  Sucess!

Dave K

This was our second crack at it this year, and second time was a charm. There were a few clouds but otherwise, the weather was great! Fantastic views from the top.
Posted Oct 19, 2002 7:26 pm

bearbnzRoute Climbed: Elderberry Canyon Date Climbed: May 1992

bearbnz

I lived in Bishop for a while as a child, and I was always fascinated by Mt. Tom, so I had to go back and see what was at the top. I did very little research before embarking, and in retrospect, Elderberry Canyon may not be the best route if all you want is to get the summit. I have heard that the Tungstar Mine route is much easier and shorter. However, the relics at the Lambert Mine are worth exploring, and I'm glad I did it, by whatever route.

Edit: June 30, 2008 ascended from the Horton Lakes trailhead, and this route is much easier than Elderberry Canyon. Climbed with ScottyS and D-Rod.
Posted Oct 11, 2002 7:17 pm

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