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Postby cp0915 » Wed May 19, 2010 4:16 pm

All this talk of Yosemite's getting me excited. Fingers crossed the road opens next Friday!
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Postby mrchad9 » Wed May 19, 2010 4:30 pm

Gary Schenk wrote:Lyell and Starr King are two of my favorite climbs, but I'm going to throw in a vote for Tower Peak. The long hike in is beautiful, the peak itself is a fun class 3 scramble, the views are very good.
Oh, and Whorl, too. And what about the Doodad? And Volunteer? Piute?

I forgot about Whorl! Without a doubt that has been my most enjoyable outing in Yosemite. Really liked that peak.

Was thinking of doing Tower this summer Gary, which approach are you talking about here? Leavitt Meadows?
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Postby fatdad » Wed May 19, 2010 4:38 pm

Good list from mrchad. I think I'd have to opt for Conness as my fave, though I've only done it by the N. Ridge. Remote feeling, nice summit, superb views. The class 2 walk up would seem like a plod though.

One of my faves, though it sees a fair bit of traffic, is Mt. Dana. Beautiful wildflowers in the summer, you can hike to the edge of Dana Canyon and get a beautiful view of those glacial lakes down below. Awesome views of Mono Lake and Mt. Lyell from the summit. Just so accessible and so nice.

Cathedral is a GREAT summit but climb itself up the back side is, IMHO, just so so compared to the SE Buttress. In any case, there are so many good choices, it's hard to go wrong. Even the most random spots in Tuolumne are amazingly beautiful.
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Postby granite4brains » Wed May 19, 2010 4:55 pm

For fun Class 3 scrambling, I've always enjoyed Echo Peaks. And there are Class 4/5 climbs there too, if so desired. Then ramble up Echo Ridge when you're done for more nice views. Budd lake is a great place to relax and go for a swim on the way back. The few times I've been this hike, we never saw a soul.
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Postby Michael Graupe » Wed May 19, 2010 4:58 pm

Mount Clark has been my favourite followed by Whorl.

Clark has the most beautiful shape and finding your way to the mountain, no matter which route you choose, is great fun too.
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Postby rhyang » Wed May 19, 2010 5:12 pm

Starr King is definitely not class 3-4 .. more like easy fifth.
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Postby JHH60 » Wed May 19, 2010 6:24 pm

Mt. Dana's couloir is fun AI2 (arguably equivalent to class 3/4 depending on whether there's snow or hard ice in the couloir) and with some class 3 rock at the top and a nice class 1 walk off.
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Postby Vladislav » Wed May 19, 2010 7:24 pm

Considering that you are going in June, the best bet would be to do Cathedral. The hike in is very short, so you might consider adding another peak on the same day. Mathers Crest, Echos, or Tresidder will be fine peaks to add.
Lyell will have too much snow and will be very hard to do in a day (same as Clark). Conness (via East Ridge), Dana (via Dana Couloir), and Whorl are excellent choices as well.
I would do Cathedral + Tresidder.
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Postby mrchad9 » Wed May 19, 2010 7:35 pm

fatdad wrote:I think I'd have to opt for Conness as my fave, though I've only done it by the N. Ridge. Remote feeling, nice summit, superb views. The class 2 walk up would seem like a plod though.

True on the plod fatdad. Like Vladislav I was thinking of the east ridge, which I'd consider to be class 2 via Apline Lake. I wouldn't do it from the saddle with White Mountain (unless I was climbing White Mountain too). Though the N Ridge you mention beats the east ridge too.
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Postby Vladislav » Wed May 19, 2010 7:35 pm

This great thread is missing pictures. Let me fix that.

From Tresidder:

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From Cathedral:

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And from Cathedral crowds
I go on to the silence of the Echos

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Postby cp0915 » Wed May 19, 2010 7:49 pm

Vladislav wrote:Considering that you are going in June, the best bet would be to do Cathedral. The hike in is very short, so you might consider adding another peak on the same day. Mathers Crest, Echos, or Tresidder will be fine peaks to add.
I would do Cathedral + Tresidder.


I think bagging Matthes Crest with Cathedral in June might be a bit ambitious for most. But a few of the Echoes (or Echo Ridge) or Tresidder with Cathedral would be sweet. Tresidder is a very nice peak (and you can bag Columbia Finger too). Or hell, do Cathedral, Tresidder, Columbia and then head out via Tenaya Peak! That's a fun loop.
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Postby Marmaduke » Wed May 19, 2010 7:49 pm

Great photos and comments, us NooBs appreciate this. Great thread!! Glad "ClimberJoe" hasn't found it to screw it up, with his screwball comments.
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Postby Vladislav » Wed May 19, 2010 7:58 pm

Conness

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What a quaint summit!
A giant reptile raising its head,
Its horrendous neck we climb.

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* the photo above is by Jeff Moore
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Postby Vladislav » Wed May 19, 2010 8:06 pm

Lyell

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Like a river
I'll make many turns
Before reaching the end
of the journey

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