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BrianChaseNorth Face  Sucess!


enjoyable climb... great views
Posted Aug 22, 2011 4:34 pm

haishanski traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2011


Climbed the north face gully and descended the SE gully in search of better snow. Crux of the day was traversing the complex summit area on loose, snowy class 3 with skis strapped to back in 50mph winds. A beautiful mountain!
Posted Jun 8, 2011 3:35 am

GigaMikeNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2010


Climbed solo via the North Face. There was snow on the ridge which made the traverse "interesting". Fantastic views! One of my favorite climbs.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 2:32 am

asmrzIn winter  Sucess!


Miguel Carmona and I skied University Peak from Kearsarge Pass in March of 1982 one day after we skied Mt.Gould from the same area. Both are good AT summits.
Posted Jan 28, 2011 6:10 pm

MBFNLast minute   Sucess!


Drove to onion valley from San Diego after work, arrived at the trail head at 1:00 am, had a few drinks and started hiking. We camped out at bench lake and climed to the peak from there. Fun scramble and little bit of class 4 and 5 to the top.
Posted Jan 16, 2011 8:30 pm

brucegSouth Slope from Center Basin  Sucess!


1982 Easy scramble, sometimes loose, great view
Posted Dec 22, 2010 4:51 pm

96avs01North Face - SE Ridge loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010


Thoroughly enjoyed the North Face route.
Posted Sep 26, 2010 7:30 pm

DariaSE chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009


Headed to Center Peak afterward for a day hike link up. University Peak had a nice slabby summit ridge, dropped my camera on the snow chute on the way up, had to lose and regain some elevation. Cloud cover and light snow fall while we were approaching the real summit made for some interesting scrambling. Amazing views of Center Basin.
Posted Aug 16, 2010 12:48 pm

ckerthNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2010


Started from Onion Valley Campground and climbed the North Face. Descended the Shortcut Variation down to Robinson Lake and back to the campground.
Posted Aug 7, 2010 2:03 pm

iditarod81SE Ridge short cut  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2010


Excellent snow conditions in the "short cut" couloir - was grateful we made it both up and down sans an axe & crampons. Beautiful!
Posted Aug 2, 2010 11:45 pm

mrchad9From Center Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2010


The last of 7 summits on a 4-day trip from Onion Valley, University taunted me all weekend as I circled around it. Was happy to make it to University Pass and drop the pack, and even happier for the glisside down. Wouldn't want to do the route to Robinson Lake without snow.
Posted Jul 7, 2010 3:08 pm

BlairSki the North Face
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010


We ran out of water and time, so we could not summit. We dropped in at 445pm and experienced soupy soft snow conditions, low avy concerns, but we wore beacons. What a experience to ski that...
Posted Jun 7, 2010 5:42 pm

mhengstVia Robinson Lake drainage
Date Climbed: May 9, 2010


Had a blast kicking steps up the snow chute but when we reached the ridge the weather turned and we had to descend amid high winds and whiteout conditions.
Posted May 10, 2010 12:23 pm

Sam PageUp North Couloir, Down Southeast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2009

Sam Page

We intended to climb up and down the North Face route, but got inadvertantly sucked up the North Couloir, which I would not descend. That led to a joyless crossing of the oft-maligned boulder field, which was inconveniently plastered with unconsolidated snow, in the dark. Here is my trip report: Getting Schooled on University Peak.
Posted Nov 27, 2009 1:11 am

GuiltyRoute originating from Robinson Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2009


Started at Onion Valley trail-head went up to Robinson Lake. With no map or direction to go by, found route by trial and error.
I must of scaled about 4 false peaks before I got the right peak. Lots of class 4 and 5, with great views and great day. 5:50 hrs. car to car
Posted Nov 2, 2009 2:08 am

Sam RobertsNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2009

Sam Roberts

Nice scramble and perfect weather.
Posted Sep 29, 2009 8:20 pm

cabNorth Face Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2009


Fun route with a short trail approach. The rib on the way up was solid, but took the "sand and gravel chute" to the west of the rib on the way down which was easier than descending the rib. Awesome 360 degree views from the top were maybe the best I've seen from any summit. Took 3.5 hours to summit and the same amount of time on the way down due to some routefinding errors. Beautiful weather all day and I didn't see a single person until I got back on the Kearsarge Pass Trail.
Posted Sep 21, 2009 11:25 am

DebNorth Face Ascent/SE Ridge Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009


Took a "fun" solo dayhike up the North Face and kept it as Class 3/4 as possible by avoiding the beat down sandy trail. Got a half-expected snow flurry at exactly 11AM just before summitting. Descended via "shortcut variation" chute on SE ridge; really enjoyed the scree skiing but the moraine was totally endless! Have to appreciate the drizzle to keep the exit refreshing. I felt that I deserved that chilly wine cooler at the TH. :)
Posted Sep 14, 2009 11:28 am

MiguelVieiraNorth face up & down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009


Climbed with the Sierra Club Peak Climbing Section from Onion Valley. We left the trail to Matlock Lake and went cross-country to the Class 2 ridge on the east side of Bench Lake and then to the bottom of the route. We found the route mostly Class 2 with some Class 3 a few hundred feet below the summit that was avoidable by veering to the climber's left. Just below the summit ridge, we followed ledges on its south side (including through a talus window) until they ran out, then we kicked steps up a snow field that led straight to the top. Everyone was impressed by the views. The summit register notebook was soaking wet. Time: 6 hours up, 5 hours down.

Trip report of our hike up University Peak north face.
Posted Aug 27, 2009 12:40 am

Luciano136North Face up - Shortcut variation down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009


Did this as an alternate day hike for the 2009 Sierra Challenge. I did have some trouble finding the correct class 3 route up to the summit. I tried a bunch of different routes and kind of expected that the back side would have a trail going to the top; it does have one but you would need to downclimb on the other (south) side first. Not the best option.
Right before topping out, I did sprain my ankle, making the descent and especially the moraine at the bottom of the shortcut variation a slow and tedious traverse. I think going down University Pass is better since the moraine looks much less of an issue there. The shortcut variation is quite steep as well and seems to hold some hard snow at the bottom.
Posted Aug 18, 2009 6:30 pm

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