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Climber DaveNorth Slope from the East  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

Climber Dave

Climbed with uwjennie and friends from Red Lake, little snow lots of rocks. Fun weekend with great weather.
Posted Jun 7, 2007 12:14 am

orandallNorth Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2007


The North Slope route from the East is a total slog. There was some fun class 3 stuff on the North wall of the chute which broke the monotony. Red Lake trail isn't absolutely horrible, but avoid at all costs after dark. You will take wrong turns.
Posted Jun 5, 2007 5:07 pm

mtnfotoRed Lake/North Slope  Sucess!
Uneventful climb, hot hike out.
Posted Jun 4, 2007 5:48 pm

fossanaN Ridge  Sucess!


May ?, 2001
Phenomenal glissade on the descent.
Posted Apr 8, 2007 10:42 pm

Brad MastrosSt. Jean  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006

Brad Mastros

Excellent weather, great view
Posted Mar 26, 2007 9:52 pm

Mescalito345LVMC trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2006


Went on a two-day trip with the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club (LVMC). We camped at Red Lake, and climbed the loose rock to the peak on the second day. See reports by MoapaPk and sergio in the Climber’s Log.
Posted Mar 18, 2007 11:24 pm

tpdwrN ridge from Upper Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 1987


From a camp in Upper Basin. A blue sky day, so quiet you could hear a pin drop!
Posted Dec 18, 2006 3:52 am

mlarkin2002North Slopes from Red Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2006
Dayhiked as part of the 2006 Sierra Challenge with several others.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 1:42 am

MoapaPkRe: Northeast attempt


Howdy Sergio --

did you guys do any "extra mileage" on the way out? We were in such a hurry to get down before the mountain shadow took over that crappy road, that we rushed a bit too much. I think we went off-trail 4 times, 3 times in the jungle, and once below. I kept pulling out the GPS after the fact, confirming that we had to climb back UP to get on the trail. At one point Paul said he felt like he was in the army, to which I responded, I felt we were in Bataan.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 2:49 am

MoapaPkClass 2/3, good view, terrible road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2006


Nice view.
Stay on rock as much as possible to avoiding beaning your comrades. I really saw nothing higher than class 2 in the gully, but went some 2/3 places just to avoid rockfall.

The road (normal route): I took my Subaru Outback (7.3" clearance AWD, skid plates front and rear). I wouldn't do that again. Take a higher clearance, shorter wheelbase vehicle with stiffer suspension. 4WD or AWD (or big engine and HC) needed. I bounced rocks off the skid plates many times. I drove slowly (but not slowly enough) much of the way, and went into AWD mode many times to get up uneven, rocky slopes.

The trail to Red Lake has many, many false herd paths made by confused hikers. Some false paths even have cairns. Heed this advice: if you notice the path is suddenly fainter or much more brushy, back up to the last place where you were on the trail, and try _again_ to find the next destination on the real trail. In the "jungle", there are places where the stream is actually the path; the true path is marked by cleanly-cut (NOT just broken) branches.
Posted Sep 18, 2006 2:39 pm

boisedoclong haul  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 1996


Fun climb. Lots of vertical, especially without 4WD to get to the trailhead. Trail to Red Lake is hot, dry and dusty. Red Lake to the summit is fun.
Posted Sep 11, 2006 5:49 am

BranchWhitneyStandard Route - Nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2006
The route was better than I thought. Split is a good looking peak. Next time I'll traverse over to the south summit... looks interesting.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 3:45 am

RSN473St. Jean Couloir  Sucess!


Snow conditions were excellent. Hike in and out were quite forgettable.....
Posted Sep 5, 2006 7:58 pm

Bob BurdNorth Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2006

Bob Burd

Day 6 of the 2006 Challenge. This was a very enjoyable day tagging Split/Prater/Bolton Brown/Thumb in a long day. Trip Report
Posted Sep 3, 2006 10:17 pm

Smith93North West Face/ Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006


This was a side trip on my larger JMT backpack from South Lake to Onion Valley. The day was beautiful with no clouds anywhere in the sky. The hike took about 7 hours from our camp site below Mather Pass to the top and back. It was slow going with talus slopes beginning just beyond Lake 11598 and the talus continued all the way to the top. This was my third California Fourteener and the best weather on a High Sierra peak yet. A tough climb but if you’re in the area I would definitely recommend it.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 4:04 am

derbillyRed Lake N slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2006


6th day of the Sierra Challenge. Decided to climb a previous years challenge peak instead of Prater since it's also a 14er. Climbed with Mike and Ryan, met Scott, Cliff and Cory on their way down.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 6:46 pm

Scott M.Red Lake North slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2006

Scott M.

A deviation from the planned Sierra Challenge peak of Mt. Prater. Made it up in 5:10 and met among others Dick and Jill from China Lake. Started with Bob Burd who was up in 4:05 which smoked everyone and I enjoyed the top with Cliff and Cory, too.
Posted Aug 16, 2006 2:49 am

catullusred lake to north slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006


Camped at red lake on first night. Ascended via snow-covered saddle to north ridge. Considered descent down saddle too dangerous, so climbed down rocks to the right of the saddle. On our way down we saw someone perform a just-in-time self-arrest sliding down the saddle (was sliding in self-arrest position for a good 200-300 ft). Hiked back to trailhead under moonlight...and got lost in the jungle. Had to bushwhack through jungle at night, but eventually found trail again. Beautiful mountain. Fun trip.
Posted Aug 15, 2006 7:22 am

rgreeneNorth Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006


3 years of taunting by my nemesis, the 2nd time on trail after a humiliating defeat in 2003. This day I emerged victorious, but some may say ... at what cost. Aug 7 was my birthday, and suffice it to say that I celebrated my hour of birth (4am local time) huddled shivering in an emergency bivy cave somewhere north of 13000' on a "way too dangerous" wall I'd accidentally downclimbed onto in the dark before giving up for the previous night... well, at least it was a birthday like none other! After that, spent the remainder of the day hiking out, got lost in the upper jungle (on the previous trip, I'd gotten lost in the lower jungle, so I count that as complete now), and then after making it to my car in daylight, proceeded to get lost trying to drive out, and taking over 4 hours to finally get back to civilization. Um, old age, anyone??
Posted Aug 10, 2006 5:36 am

RanbozeRoute: Red Lake/North Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006
Did this as an overnighter and glad I did. Red Lake trail is as advertised and very unendearing. Boulder gully to second saddle above Red Lake snow filled so scooted up the rocks to the right of it.
Posted Aug 9, 2006 12:28 am

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