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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

MariePFrom University Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2009


Quick stop at the top on the way home.
Posted Aug 11, 2009 3:56 pm

seanoSoutheast chute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009


Climbed a random snow chute from below University Pass to the NE ridge, then traversed a few false summits. The sand descent into Center Basin was fast and fun.
Posted Jun 15, 2009 12:50 pm

bcdUniversity  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2009


Not much snow on the north face
Posted Mar 1, 2009 6:07 pm

farrisglClimbed from Onion Valley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2005


Camped at Robinson Lake, with my wife, 17 year old son, and two of his friends and climbed the peak Saturday. Great Peak but lots of loose rock make the ascent slow and a bit dangerous. The normally impressive Kearsarge Pass and Peaks looked very small. Returned to camp and hiked out on Sunday.
Posted Feb 27, 2009 7:00 pm

Thomas ErspamerNorth Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2008

Thomas Erspamer

Great day. Perfect weather. Did loop up from Onion Valley. North side main route. Down south over University Pass down the chute and out past Robinson Lake back to Onion. About 12 hours. Took lots of time to contemplate the meaning of life. Great rock. Terrific day of bouldering. Deserted wilderness.
Posted Sep 27, 2008 2:46 am

dpsiebertNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2003


Dayhiked with Independence. Easier than I thought it would be.
Posted Aug 23, 2008 4:48 am

yaknjorglnorth face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2008


fine scramble, class 3 moves, and the zigzag through the upper towers is spectacular, even climbed the upper snow patch to keyhole and summit block. A little disouraging finding a running trail off the south side, but I think I got the better views.
Posted Jul 2, 2008 3:31 pm

Dave SNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2008

Dave S

Nice scramble! Fun solo dayhike from Onion Valley. Descended via the Southeast Ridge to make a loop of it.
Posted May 2, 2008 11:39 pm

Brian KaletSoutheast Ridge (ascent); North Couloir (descent)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2008

Brian Kalet

Trip Report
Posted Apr 22, 2008 12:36 am

eric.hannanScramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2007


Did this in preparation for Whitney. Great hike from the Onion Valley route. The chain of lakes are not only great visually but a great place to camp. I am surprised that more people don't visit this area! It was cold and there was a good amount of snow on the ground and it also snowed a little. A group went with us with a broken tent, not such a good time in freezing temps!
Posted Oct 22, 2007 9:53 pm

paisajeroamericanoWhere's the Summit?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2007


Cool peak. I took the north side up and down. It was a long way up from the lake with 6" of snow. When I got to the summit ridge, it took me an hour to find the route to the summit block. For future reference, stay on the snow on the north side, don't cross over to the south. When I reached the summit block, I couldn't figure out which point was the highest. I climbed the three most likely candidates (just in case), but did not find a summit register anywhere (perhaps it was under the snow). One of those points was quite challenge (re: scary) to climb, so I didn't spend too much time on top of that one. Nice views from the top and really cool views of the mountain from down at the lake. My dog cut his toe during the ascent. He waited for me for an hour or so on the summit ridge. Then I followed his bloody tracks back to the car. He's alright now though, no worries.
Posted Oct 18, 2007 12:04 am

Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2006


I thought the pass to the east of University pass was a much better route even though it is farther from the peak.
Posted Sep 18, 2007 12:33 am

BCLNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2007


Fun route. Very hazy out.
Posted Aug 17, 2007 9:50 am

Bill KishNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2007

Bill Kish

2007 Sierra Challenge alternate peak. Pretty nice route with great views from top.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 11:23 pm

metasyn11North Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2007


Fun hike up the north face from Mattock Lake. A few spots of class 3 but mostly class 2, a long way up the rib amid rapidly darkening skies. It started raining ice pellets while I was on the summit, so I quickly left, descending the east face to Robinson Lake. When I was in sight of the parking lot it starting pouring so rather than put on my rain jacket I decided to make a run for it, and of course I tripped and skinned my knee :( Nothing serious, just annoying.
Posted Jul 25, 2007 7:52 pm

AdamusNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2007
Awesome climb up with great views the whole way. Descending Univesity Pass was a pain though. Scrambled up Independence's west face as well. Found a lidless ammo box with a rusted can on top, no notebook though, so I added one and taped it. Hopefully somebody will place a new box...
Posted Jul 21, 2007 3:17 am

Travis_North Face Ascent, East slope descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007


Beautiful climb. Always nice to do a loop, so we descended the east slope. HERE is a Google Earth GPS track of our trip with photos.
Posted Jun 26, 2007 7:22 pm

ChuckONorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2007


Nice route. Fun scrambling. A beautiful weather day in the Sierra's. Solo climb just soaking in all the beauty (and breathing hard!). Part of a three peak long weekend (with BearCreekSpire and Laurel).
Posted Jun 18, 2007 3:39 pm

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