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MichaelJRoute Climbed: Venusian Blind  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2005

MichaelJ

Climbed with Misha. Biggest crag I've ever climbed. Looking forward to trying some of the other routes.
Posted Mar 20, 2006 4:58 am

Augie MedinaUp from the Willow Lake Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2005

Augie Medina

Went up from the Willow Lake side on scree and 3rd and 4th class rock. Some decent exposure along our route.
Posted Feb 16, 2006 1:51 am

grahamRoute Climbed: Contact Crack Date Climbed: Aug-11-05  Sucess!

graham

Climbed on day 7 of the 2005 Sierra Challenge. Beautiful day and spectacular views of the Palisade area
Posted Nov 25, 2005 3:25 pm

rocketsredglareRoute Climbed: Moon Goddess Date Climbed: November 2003  Sucess!

rocketsredglare

So much good stuff! Classic route, epic day and DYING to get back!
Posted Oct 26, 2005 9:58 pm

Seth MaciejowskiRoute Climbed: Venusian Blind Date Climbed: August 22, 2005  Sucess!

Seth Maciejowski

A great route with some wild exposure and very fun ridge traverses. We did the Moon Goddess the day before and went for the summit on the second day. It was worth it with the view of Middle Palisade and Mt. Sill.
Posted Oct 14, 2005 4:56 pm

tpdwrRoute Climbed: Chimney from Contact Pass Date Climbed: July 27, 1974  Sucess!

tpdwr

Another great day in the mountains. Old register still on top!
Posted Sep 27, 2005 7:01 pm

Michael GraupeRoute Climbed: Contact Pass Date Climbed: August 11, 2005  Sucess!

Michael Graupe

Climbed with Bob, Matthew, Mark and co during the 2005 Sierra Challenge.
Posted Sep 27, 2005 5:17 pm

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: Contact Crack Date Climbed: August 11th, 2005  Sucess!

PellucidWombat

Climbed this as part of the Sierra Challenge. I almost wimped out on the final exposed class 2 traverse to the summit (after free-soloing the 5.2 Contact Crack!), but luckily Matthew was able to lure me over by dangling a runner near me as I scrambled the the rest of the way :-D



It was a surpise seeing that the summit block could be reached via a class 2 route, as the one mentioned on SP earlier insisted you had to climb the class 4 crack lower down.
Posted Sep 17, 2005 7:10 pm

KerstinRoute Climbed: Moon Goddess Arete Date Climbed: August 6, 1987  Sucess!

Kerstin

A fun, long route, but with lots of rockfall. We'd arrived early the previous day at Third Lake, hiked to the base of the climb (the snowfield), stashed our climbing gear, and hiked back down to our camp. The next morning we discovered our gear had been hit by rockfall during the night. My helmet was smashed, but that was the only major damage.



We climbed ropeless for the first 500 feet of the route, then roped up. A spectacular route!
Posted Sep 17, 2005 1:26 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Contact Crack Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Day seven of the 2005 Sierra Challenge. I was hoping to do the traverse to Gayley with Matthew, but I ... well, I was just lame. Sorry Matthew. Trip Report
Posted Sep 16, 2005 5:43 pm

Desert SolitaireRoute Climbed: Contact Crack Date Climbed: August 11, 2005  Sucess!

Desert Solitaire

Short, exposed, but easy chimney move up the crack leads to a long slog to the summit. Made a few jokes about ascending via the standard descent route, but a nice climb anyway with great company. Will be back for the technical routes. This is a great looking mountain with one of the most interesting summit registers I've seen that is steeped in a lot of reknowned names from Sierra climbing history.
Posted Sep 5, 2005 4:49 pm

MishaRoute Climbed: Venusian Blind Date Climbed: August 18, 2005  Sucess!

Misha

After getting off route into a 5.10+ terrain, Mike Ybarra and I eventually found the right way. Made it to the summit at 6pm, just in time to come down to the easier terrain before dark. Upper exposed pitches are wild!! Great route; will do again.
Posted Aug 22, 2005 12:46 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Contact Crack / SE Face Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Kind of embarrassing to be signing a summit log for this peak via Contact Crack, but oh well... about 40 feet of awkward but easy and fun scrambling up the chimney from the pass, then hundreds of feet of talus, and then a short exposed class 2 catwalk to the summit. Not a classic climb. I should have followed my instincts and found a partner for Venusian Blind instead.



Had planned to traverse to Gayley, but Bob bailed on me, and it looked like a several hour project with big epic potential. After descending the SE Face, that peak looked pretty close, and feelings of guilt led me to head over there to climb it anyway. Glad I did--it was way more fun than Temple Crag.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 1:42 pm

stoneloanRoute Climbed: Sun Ribbon Arete and Moon Goddess Arete Date Climbed: aug 2000 and sept 2000  Sucess!

stoneloan

See trip reports
Posted Jul 22, 2005 12:48 pm

physicsRoute Climbed: Contact Pass Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!

physics

My buddy, his friend, and I were going to climb Middle Pal but my buddy cancelled on me while I was driving to the trailhead. I decided to solo Middle Pal instead of turning around. Once parked, I realized that I forgot to pack socks so I did the whole hike in Sandals so I wouldn't blister my delicate feet in shoes without socks. Walking in with headlamps entering the trailhead at 1:35 AM, I followed the North Fork of Big Pine Creek thinking I was following the South Fork. I couldn't see anything with my headlamp so I must have missed the sign. Anyway, woke up thinking I would be at the base of Middle Pal but all I saw was Temple Crag. To salvage the weekend, I decided to go up Temple Crag but did not have a clue about any of the "soloable" routes on this mountains. Contact Pass looked good so I went for it and made it. It is class 4; ok weekend.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 5:30 pm

aleasureRoute Climbed: Sun Ribbon Arete Date Climbed: 7-7-2005  Sucess!
Felt more like a ridge route more than a true rock climb. The tyrolean makes it worthwhile . very long climb. 7 hrs to the summit. 16.5 hrs car to car.
Posted Jul 14, 2005 5:18 pm

aleasureRoute Climbed: Dark Star Date Climbed: 8-29-03  Sucess!
A long route with good climbing. Nine hours to the summit.
Posted Jul 14, 2005 5:14 pm

ShaaseRoute Climbed: Sun Ribbon Arete Date Climbed: July 7, 2005  Sucess!

Shaase

Perfect day minus skeeters and mule crap on trail. No snow 't'll base of Dark Star. Used a 100' line to ease simul-climbing. Could have been even a bit shorter and made all raps etc. Good car to car route!



Stephan
Posted Jul 12, 2005 12:43 am

DebRoute Climbed: Moon Goddess Arete Date Climbed: 3 July 2005

Deb

Perfect weather and lots of time on our hands, Dave and I made camp at Third Lake on Saturday, stashed climbing gear at the base of climb and stayed up late like teenagers at a slumber party. We missed the mongo rockfall on Saturday evening, but passed the torso-sized chunk on the way to the start Sunday morning. On the wall at 0700 and the simul-climbing was awesome fun! Time to get serious at the first tower but the route continued very pleasantly until I hit my first struggle with crappy crack too big for fist jamming and too little energy for lie-backing and pulling my dead ass onto the mantle. By this time we were out of water and chasing sunlight, so Dave took the point on that pitch. Luckily we topped out around 1930 and rappelled into Contact Pass before sunset. Plodded/skid through snow with headlamps, eating chunks of frozen dirt as we went, and finally hit our camp at 2215. Had dinner in bed and dreamed for a few hours before the birds cracked their alarm clocks and a huge snow slough on Temple Crag woke me up Monday morning.

Great way to celebrate our country's freedom by experiecing America, the beautiful.

Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:44 pm

jtschanzRoute Climbed: Venusian Blind Arete Date Climbed: June 24, 2005  Sucess!

jtschanz

Climbed with Keith G. - very fun climb with awesome views and great exposure. We got a late start due to some clouds and thunder early in the morning, but we completed the route in less than 8 hours and were back at camp just after dark. Good way to cap off a great Sierra vacation!
Posted Jul 6, 2005 11:39 am

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