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Smithman123West Face Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2011


Camped at the first saddle before the 500' of elevation gain loss. Carried camping gear all the way to base of black stain the next day; summitted at 4:40p. An ice axe was necessary to climb the chute, but probably won't be in another week with warm temps. Snow in the bowl helped enourmously -- we crossed it in less than an hour each way.
Posted Jun 27, 2011 9:52 pm

BascuelaWest Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011


Greeted by amazing views.
Posted Jun 26, 2011 6:53 pm

kwagN. Fork Bairs Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2011


This mountain makes you earn the summit like nothing else. After a grueling first day to our camp at 9500 and the Bairs creek headwall to 13600, I was dead. But a short rest and some pepperoni stick gave me the extra juice I needed. We climbed up some snow filled chutes (~45 degrees, it felt like 55 but I'm new at this...) to the east of the summit. The wind was howling once we topped out of the chute. The last hundred feat to the true summit I thought I was going to get blown over (be it by wind, dizziness or headache). All three of us made it and one skied back while we glissaded (sort of.). Great trip!
Posted May 9, 2011 1:00 am

TheNobleSunfishWest Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009


3 Day trip with Caltech Alpine Club members. Long summit day from Anvil Camp.
Posted May 3, 2011 2:33 am

GigaMikeWest Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007


Climbed up the West Face during a 3 day trip.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 3:13 pm

gordonyeWest Face
Date Climbed: May 30, 2010


Epic attempt from Anvil Camp to West Face of Williamson with Vlad, Hakan, and Cenk. Only Vlad made it to the summit. He almost climbed West Horn too, and summited Tyndall the next day.
Posted Sep 20, 2010 6:10 pm

DariaDay hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008


One of my first Sierra day hikes-bit of a long day, and boulder field sucked, but one of my more memorable experiences. Short, but cool semi chimney section on the way up to summit. Williamson is a beast
Posted Aug 16, 2010 3:31 pm

AviprkWest Face Slog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2010


Super long hike to Shepherd pass. I thought I was in the wrong pass till I finally saw Tyndall on the other side. Was planning to do Tyndall that same day but got to the pass at 6:00pm which was too late at that point

Did Williamson via West Face the following day. Another day that took much longer than expected. Took 2:00 just to get to the base of the mountain from the lake near Shepherd Pass. Wanted to do Tyndall along with Williamson the same day but the energy spent on Williamson alone was too much. Failed Tyndall twice before I even began. Maybe another day with more realistic goals...

Posted Jul 17, 2010 2:50 am

BlackmouthBig Willy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2010


Summited via the west face from Shepards Pass. Shepards pass was a great campsite for the one night I was there. This was a lot longer and tougher than I thought it would be. I had some route finding problems in the bowl and did not have enough time to climb Tyndall. I'll be back.
Posted Jul 7, 2010 10:29 pm

sespegorillaMt Williamson
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008


West face from Williamson Bowl and Shepherds Pass(brutal).
Posted Jun 29, 2010 10:11 pm

pratyushsummitted  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009


... with Bill Kells, Dan Bower, Danielle Brown, Jon Weismann and Patrick Sanan, on 22-24 May' 2009, via the West Face (class 3)
Posted Jun 9, 2010 12:24 pm

kraymesWest Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 1992


As I got to summit some guy was flying away on a hang glider. Forgotten the name signed in the register, but it said something about the North Face extreme team. Nothing like a little bit of awesomeness to humble one's ego.
Posted May 22, 2010 6:10 pm

jspeiglGeorge Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2010


Tough 2 day trip up George Creek with perfect weather.
Posted Apr 26, 2010 9:11 pm

jimqpublicWilliamson Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1985
Standard West Face route on the mountain. Instead of the up/down/up/down of taking the trail from Symmes Creek to Shepherd Pass, we followed the creek. The thinking was that reduced mileage and no altitude loss would make up for lack of trail.

Starting up Shepherd Creek from Foothill Road, then Williamson Creek to the lakes. As one might expect, the route generally gave a choice of talus and scree contouring along the canyon, willow thickets alongside the creek, or walking in the stream itself. Water was fairly low and we did a combination of the three.

Ultimately the choice of following the creek was a lot more work than the trail. I returned to the lakes the next weekend and took only 2/3 the time that the creek route had taken.

Note: Date is approximate

Posted Feb 10, 2010 4:05 pm

Princess ButtercupWest Face Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

Princess Buttercup

Part of a 3-day backpack (2 nights at Anvil Camp).
Posted Nov 30, 2009 9:39 pm

cdewhurstcdewhurst  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009


Tough mountain to climb and not for the faint of heart. Williamson bowl is a beast to cross followed by the scree trail to get to the chute. Camped at Shepards Pass. Took me 8+hours to summit from there. Bailed on Tyndall the following day. No energy left. Appreciated being on top. Toughest climb to date.
Posted Sep 21, 2009 4:53 pm

cabWest Face Route
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009


Brutal slog up the West Face after the long trip across Williamson Bowl and hike up from Anvil Camp. Was totally spent after getting back to camp at the top of Shepherd Pass. Climbed Tyndall the next day.
Posted Aug 31, 2009 10:45 am

MariePGeorge Creek  Sucess!


Ascend is not so bad, but going down is a different story...
Posted Aug 11, 2009 3:45 pm

SJFirst part of a twofer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009


Headed out from Shepherd's Pass at 0400 in fairly heavy snow. Took around 4 hours (after getting turned around and unknowingly crossing a frozen lake) to get to the base of the west face. Solid climb up, chimney to the summit had a lot of snow and ice on it. Rappeled down a portion of it. Awesome climb, approach was a beast.
Posted Jul 21, 2009 5:56 pm

mrchad9West Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2009


Great 4 day solo trip covering Will, Barnard, Trojan, and Tyndall. Camped in Williamson Bowl all three nights to avoid strong wind at the pass. Some snow- used crampons briefly in the chute- no ice axe though. Chimney was fun and weather on top was perfect!
Posted Jul 13, 2009 6:33 pm

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