Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge (ascent), North Rib (descent) Date Climbed: July 11, 2001
Solo, single-day, car-to-car ascent of both Williamson and Tyndall. This is loooong day. It took me 15.5 hours to do the trek, and I was cruising at a pretty good pace the whole time. By my estimates, the round trip is approximately 30 miles with 12,000 - 14,000 ft of elevation gain, depending on what level of detail you choose to look at (yeah, yeah, don't get fractal on me).
I started at my car at 3:30am. Groggy and tired from the previous day's Muir-Whitney-Russell traverse, I made my way up to Shepherds Pass. From the Pass, I continued west to the Northwest Ridge of Tyndall. Up that, then down Tyndall's Class 3 North Rib (a.k.a. Sierra Crest Rib). A hellish traverse across Williamson Bowl was next, then up eternal talus slopes and Class 3 rock to the summit of Williamson. Back to the car at 7pm.