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Postby Blackmouth » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:05 pm

I'm heading up Big Willy and Tyndall on the 5th and 6th and I am trying to pack accordingly. Does anyone have any recent photos of the mountains and the pass?
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Postby DaveGill » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:26 am

Here's Tyndall from the pass, a week ago Thursday. I'll be up there on the 5th as well (dayhiking Tyndall).
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Postby Mescalito345 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:40 pm

Four of us will be climbing Williamson and Tyndall on July 11-13. I'm bringing an ice axe for sure, but would it be possible to substitute Kahtoola microspikes for crampons, to reduce pack weight?
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Postby Bwht4x4 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:19 pm

I was up there for July 2-5 and would be willing to share info and picts. We climbed both Williamson and Tyndall. Email me at spearcenca@yahoo.com for specifics.

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Postby bobpickering » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:02 am

I dayhiked Williamson last Thursday (7-15). Shepherd Pass still had snow, but there were steps that made it easy without crampons or ice axe. I bypassed the snow on Williamson by climbing some class 3 rock. The weather persuaded me to skip Tyndall, but the rib didn't appear to have enough snow to get in the way. I carried gaiters and never used them.
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Postby mrchad9 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:29 am

bobpickering wrote:I dayhiked Williamson last Thursday (7-15). Shepherd Pass still had snow, but there were steps that made it easy without crampons or ice axe. I bypassed the snow on Williamson by climbing some class 3 rock. The weather persuaded me to skip Tyndall, but the rib didn't appear to have enough snow to get in the way. I carried gaiters and never used them.

Wow Bob, you are going to establish yourself as the Williamson expert! If I remember correctly I bumped into you last year at the trailhead just after you had dayhiked the pair.

And I believe your advice then was to leave the ice axe behind. I was glad I did.
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Postby Mescalito345 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:11 pm

On July 12, there was some hard-pack snow in the steep chute leading to Williamson. Like Bob mentioned, you could bypass the snow by climbing Class 3 rock to the right of the snow. On July 13, the North Rib on Tyndall was mostly snow-free, so we left the ice axes at our campsite.
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