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Bob BurdBirch Creek TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011

Bob Burd

Day 9 of the Sierra Challenge, along with Ed Lane Peak. Trip Report
Posted Feb 7, 2012 1:12 pm

seanoFrom Birch Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011

seano

Sierra Challenge day 9. A burly approach to Birch Lake, then a bit of a scramble to the saddle, but easy going from there. Nice Palisade view. Trip report
Posted Aug 22, 2011 6:21 pm

96avs01Slow climbing but good turns  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2011

96avs01

Snow hadn't consolidated as much as we had hoped for, so the ascent was far more taxing than anticipated. However, the turns on the way down were very enjoyable. A great first overnight trip post-op from back surgery!
Posted Apr 19, 2011 1:34 pm

bc44caesarSoutheast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2010

bc44caesar

4x4'd as high as possible, then hiked up the moraine ridge to the south of Birch Ck (bad idea) and eventually made camp around 10,200' in a basin below Birch Lake. Skinned up the chute to get to the upper snowfield with terrible glopping on the skins most of the way. Awesome view from the summit. Skied from the top of the snow - the snow was fantastic on the way down! Stayed near the creek on the way back and were able to ski to within 1/2 mi of the car or so.
Posted Apr 26, 2010 10:16 pm

bcdSE slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2008

bcd

Up the SE slope
Posted Feb 28, 2008 3:49 pm

chudderup SE slope, down S chutes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

chudder

Up SE slope from Birch Lake, down one of the south chutes. Bivy on plateau above saddle dividing Birch and Tinemeha drainages, descend on Birch Creek side back to Birch Creek trailhead. It was nice to get above the smoke, though the Birch Creek trail was terrible.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 4:26 pm

Matthew HollimanSE Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2007

Matthew Holliman

Dayhike via Birch Creek, with continuous snow coverage starting around ~10,000ft. Carried snowshoes, but (disregarding some minor postholing on the way back) never really needed them all day. Drove up late the night before, so most of the day was a persistent and fairly tough reminder about the benefits of acclimatization.

Spectacular view of Middle Pal from the summit.

Climbed Casa Diablo Mtn the next day before driving back to the Bay Area--a short outing, but pretty cool nonetheless.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 12:41 am

yaknjorglsouth slope  Sucess!

yaknjorgl

yeah we were successful, kinda...
we, KB and me were gonna throw up a new route up one of those crumbing north ridge/arete of Birch mt., but they're like jinga piles of collapsing rock and we drank too much before drudging up birch creek- what a pain in the ass. they call it birch creek and you can see the birch trees miles away from the trail, but little to no shade or water on hike up with aid and new route gear. good times, good times...
Posted May 2, 2007 2:55 am

FelsbergSouth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007

Felsberg

Two day ascent up Birch Creek and the south slopes with Johnny and Dom. Day 1: 6.5 hour slog to Birch Lake included lots of snowshoeing over plants and rocks, and plenty of side-hilling. Never have I started a Sierra hike so far from the mountains! Day 2: up at 5 then 6 hours of knee-deep postholing to the summit of The Thumb. Snow was soft but stable. The ramp accessing the south slopes was steep but short. Great summit views and perfect Sierra weather. The last people to sign the summit register were the Sierra Challenge members below. Hiked down and out to the trailhead by 7pm. This was our 3rd attempt to climb The Thumb, the previous attempts (one per year) were killed due to poor weather.
down near the mouth of birch canyon we saw a heard of 20 or so bighorn sheep.
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Posted Mar 6, 2007 6:50 pm

bechttEast Southfork Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006

bechtt

Sierra Challenge 2006 Day 5
Posted Sep 5, 2006 4:25 pm

Bob BurdTraverse from Bolton Brown  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 10:20 pm

derbillyEast Southfork Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006

derbilly

5th day of the Sierra Challenge. Started with 5 at the trailhead for one of the most social climbs of the challenge. Richard, Evan and I took the route through scenic Finger Lake to get to Southfork Pass while the Toms took a direct route from Brainerd Lake. Summitted together with Evan and bechtt. See trip report from bechtt.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 6:42 pm

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