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Kialv2Pyramid Finally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2003


This peak was teasing me, as I could see it from my workplace as a snowboard instructor at Sierra every day. Finally, I got some people who knew the trail and wanted to ride. The top of this hill is a great descent on a snowboard, with a lot of snow there is everywhere to go!!
Posted Sep 14, 2006 4:44 pm

breadboxDeso Range Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006


Whew. This was the 5th peak of a long day. (See Desolation Range Traverse TR).

Posted Aug 21, 2006 9:44 am

Peak BaguetteVia Lyons Creek - My first Class 2!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2006

Peak Baguette

My first class 2 - it made me feel like a little billy goat... y'know if billy goats spent time hugging rocks and looking generally shaky and unstable ;)
Posted Aug 19, 2006 5:45 am

lakenyonWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2006
Dayhike from Lyons Creek trailhead. I somehow missed the saddle and accidentally climbed the "peaklet" that rises above Lake Sylvia. I returned via the saddle. Although the detour wasted time, this route was considerably more fun than the loose slog from the saddle.
Posted Aug 5, 2006 6:21 am

citadel07E. Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006


Approached through Horsetail Falls and climbed East Ridge with little brother. Didn't expect substantial snow still on the mountain, but was welcome. Downclimbed the South Slope because we didn't have ice axes to glisade down the north slope snow fields. To the couple with the dog....Thanks for the chocolate.
Posted Jul 26, 2006 5:17 pm

s_kavertRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


Climbed the SE ridge via Rocky Canyon. Awesome views up top on a clear day. The elevation gain over such a short distance was tough.
Posted Jul 16, 2006 5:53 pm

sierramtngoatRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon/SE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2002


This was a fun climb; we were on snow most of the way. Lot's of vertical over a short distance. Climbed with my buddy Brian.
Posted Jun 16, 2006 9:55 am

ckerthHorsetail Falls  Sucess!


Climbed from Horsetail Falls as part of a weekend backpacking trip into Desloation.
Posted May 26, 2006 9:04 pm

jfrishmanIIIHighpoint of my youth  Sucess!


I used to hike Pyramid fairly often when I was a kid, spending summers at Echo Lake with my grandparents. Pyramid hikes were always hilights of the summer: me, grandpa and our little bichon frise. A lot of peak baggers looked kinda disappointed to top out and find a 70 year old man, a 7 year old kid, and a puffy white marshmallow dog on the summit!
Posted Mar 24, 2006 4:24 am

SummitJunkieRoute Climbed: West Ridge from Lake Sylvia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2005


Wow what a butt kicker!! 2000 feet of elevation gain in less then a mile once you reach the lake!! Great views, will do it again at least twice this season!!

SECOND ASCENT: September 21,2005. Climbed from Lake Sylvia again but this time combined with a traverse to Agassiz and Price. Great Day.
Posted Mar 7, 2006 2:06 am

BCLRocky Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2004


Got off route and had to do a bit of bushwacking.
Posted Feb 23, 2006 5:02 pm

Brian FrederickRoute Climbed: From Lake Aloha Date Climbed: September  Sucess!

Brian Frederick

Climbed with my favorite climbing partner Chris and my wife Robin. Great views, long talus slog
Posted Jan 21, 2006 10:01 pm

96avs01Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: April 24, 2005  Sucess!


A perfect outing, we had the whole area to ourselves. A little extra snowshoeing on Hwy 4, but the summit was worth it!
Posted Nov 12, 2005 5:16 am

DigglerRoute Climbed: S ridge Date Climbed: 15 October, 2005


Started out at the Horsetail Falls TH (Twin Bridges) at 10.11. X-country-ied it up mostly 3rd class steps to the ridgeline. Had to catch up to the others at the S ridge after multiple unsuccessful attempts to get through snow-covered 4th & easy 5th class headwall below the plateau at the base of the S ridge (finally took a 3rd & 4th class ramp system that got me to the top).

Summited at 15.35. A cloud that tried to envelop us from the W at least didn't obscure great view of Lake Tahoe, as well as some nice views of Lake Aloha, the Crystal Range, & Lovers Leap.

Took the oddly-named Rocky Canyon trail back down, leaving the summit at 16.05- really steep, but quite efficient at getting one down.

Fun dayhike in pretty country with fun people- Gordon, Eszter, Kassim, Steve, & Kelly.

Faith & I did the S ridge after coming up the drainage, then taking a right to reach the ridge, which we followed to the peak. Gorgeous day & great views. Windy at the top! Passed some guys on the way up who were doing a tremendous job postholing- props, guys- an admirable effort (although they sadly didn't summit).

Left road at 9.00, back to the road at 18.00.

Got my ass handed to me on a platter coming down the blue slopes on the sticks (had been doing resort double blacks the day before)- if you can handle the Sierra Cement in the backcountry, you can handle any snow conditions, as far as I'm concerned!
Posted Oct 18, 2005 4:26 pm

gordonyeRoute Climbed: variation of Horsetail Falls up, Rocky Canyon descent Date Climbed: October 15, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed with Dirk, Eszter, Kassim, Steve, Kelly. We were initially discouraged by the snow fall early in the morning and the prospect of more precipitation during our climb, but luckily the weather gradually improved. From the Pyramid Creek trail we scrambled up slabs farther to the left (west) of the normal trail, then took a line of least resistance over talus and slabs covered with 3-5" of new snow. This is a great place with lots of 3rd and occasional 4th class variations to choose from. Fast-moving low clouds constantly swarming over the high peaks made for dramatic views.
Posted Oct 17, 2005 7:42 pm

Sierra Scrambler 30Route Climbed: SW route via Lake Aloha Date Climbed: Sept 30, 2004  Sucess!

Sierra Scrambler 30

After a nice hike through Desolation Wilderness, I summited Pyramid Peak. Beautiful weather and an incredible view from the summit, made for a great day!
Posted Oct 11, 2005 11:31 pm

Trail DogRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: October 2, 2005  Sucess!
Nice hike. Cloudy day though. The summit was engulfed in clouds within minutes of my arrival. Luckily I got a few pictures before my view was obscured. Cold and windy on the ridge.
Posted Oct 4, 2005 6:12 pm

ClimbingJunkieRoute Climbed: West Ridge from Lake Sylvia Date Climbed: September 7 2005  Sucess!


Wow what a butt kicker!! 2000 feet of elevation gain in less then a mile once you reach the lake!! Great views, will do it again at least twice this season!!

SECOND ASCENT: September 21,2005. Climbed from Lake Sylvia again but this time combined with a traverse to Agassiz and Price. Great Day.
Posted Sep 7, 2005 10:59 pm

davis13Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!


Climbed the east face from Horsetail falls in August. Found my way up the coliour and scrambled around to the south ridge. Big mistake was that I didn't take enough water and there is no water on the south shoulder in August. Was seriously dehydrated when I got back down to Pyramid Lake and 2 hikers pumped some water for me. Lesson learned....bought a Camel Back and a filter.
Posted Jul 25, 2005 4:04 pm

reachmpRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon/ S.E. Ridge Date Climbed: May 22, 2005  Sucess!


In search of snow, now that the ski resorts had all closed, a group consisting of Milind, Ajay, Akshay, Ritwik, Shekhar and Ram ascended this route.

Three of us (Ajay, Milind, Akshay) had our alpine skis and boots in our packs. We started climbing at 5800' where Rocky Canyon meets hwy 50 at 9:51am , and reached the summit at 5:00pm. The heavy skis definitely weighed us down. 4 of us (Ritwik the only one without skis) summitted, and then Ajay, Akshay and Milind skied down reversing our ascent, all the way to about 7800ft, where we took skis off to cross Rocky Canyon, and packed them the rest of the way down. We started skking at 5:30pm, and reached the hwy again at 7:45pm. Wih approx 4100 ft of ascent, this is a strenuous hike up, especially if you carry alpine ski gear!
Posted May 30, 2005 10:26 pm

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