Route Climbed: traverse, North to South Date Climbed: August 20, 2005
Ten members of LVMC (Las Vegas Mountaineers Club) climbed North Schell from Timber Creek. Then we proceeded south over the ridgeline and Taft Peak to South Schell, then down to Berry Creek, where a shuttle car was parked.
South Schell is really the more impressive mountain; the north route is class 2 (woohoo!) with an easy but serrated quartzite edge. Taft is a lump on the way, with no register (that we could find).
The ridge varies in difficulty; at least half the time, one has to boulder-hop among watermelon-sized quartzite blocks. The weather exposure is total; the traverse is over 11000' at all times, over 6 miles long, and there are just a few scraggly conifers on the sides. If lightning might be a possibility, don't try the traverse.
The area was a lot nicer than I expected -- good views east to Moriah and SE to Wheeler, SW to Ward and Currant. The Timber and Berry drainages were lush and had running water (though I'm told these steams are normally just trickles).