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Augie MedinaRoute: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 16, 2006  Sucess!

Augie Medina

Climbed the Southeast Ridge from Robinson Lake. The slope up to University Pass was full of soft snow so it was a little tiring. The views from the summit nearly without parallel in the Sierra. 360 degrees of breathtaking vistas.
Posted Jul 18, 2006 12:32 am

gluballsNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006
Great route. Except for having to hand jam up the 10ft of 'schrund of the last snow field to the summit. That was a little scary. I don't know how other did it this year. Saw no steps in the snow, but the log had climbers claiming a North Face ascent. Oh well! Great summit, great view, and a great time.
Posted Jul 17, 2006 3:47 am

soslawRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: November 5, 2005

soslaw

Wanting to keep the upper portion of the route 3rd class and thinking that I could traverse the snow to the left of the top of the couloir to gain the ridge, I climbed the rock on the climber's left of the couloir. This turned out to be sustained class 3+ with some class 4. After reaching the snow at the top and to the left of the couloir (13,100) I discovered that this late in the season it was solid alpine ice. The lower portion of the ice was covered with a thin veneer of sugar snow. The ice wrapped around both sides of a peaklet at the top of the couloir. The planned traverse without crampons or axe was out of the question.

7.21.07 Summited with Jim via N. Face route. I do not recommend descending via University Pass and Robinson lake. While shorter in distance the seemingly endless morraine field will take longer. In addition it is easy to lose the trail immediately below Robinson lake.
Posted Nov 7, 2005 11:43 am

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: SE Ridge Date Climbed: January  Sucess!

tdoughty

nice hoarfrost along summit ridge
Posted Oct 17, 2005 5:24 pm

tpdwrRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: August 7, 1976  Sucess!

tpdwr

From Robinson Lake. Returned via University Pass. Very fun,but a long day.
Posted Sep 27, 2005 7:13 pm

Desert SolitaireRoute Climbed: East Slope Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!

Desert Solitaire

A much longer slog than I expected after Robinson Lake, but it became more fun after hitting the notch on the NE ridge. There are two prominent notches, and Secor isn't very descriptive as to which one you should avoid. Shoot for the left notch which deceptively seems to go to the left of the summit. The summit is actually hidden from the view, and once at the notch, it is very obvious. The chute to the notch is a very loose and arduous one w/ plenty of scree. A well deserved dip at Robinson lake after the hike made for a great wind down.
Posted Sep 5, 2005 5:15 pm

uwjennieRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 3, 2005  Sucess!

uwjennie

Dayhike with Jeff D. and my roommate, Nikol K. It was Nikol's first attempt at an SPS peak and I'm glad that she still likes me after trudging her through the mountains on this pretty good dayhike.



Overall great day with great people. The weather was amazing.
Posted Sep 4, 2005 7:06 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: West Ridge (ascent), North Face (descent) Date Climbed: August 13, 2005  Sucess!

forjan

Climbed with Steve Brezovec after doing Kearsarge Pinnacles #4 thru #1 as part of Bob Burd's 2005 Sierra Challenge. We descended the North Face (going down we stayed mainly to the right or climber's left).
Posted Aug 17, 2005 8:44 pm

breadboxRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 13, 2005  Sucess!

breadbox

Climbed w/ Miguel (forjand?) after sumitting Pinnacles 4-1. Descended North Face.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 7:46 pm

thebeave7Route Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: 08/13/05  Sucess!

thebeave7

Quick half day climb, as an alternative to the Kearsarge Pinnacles on Day 9 of the Sierra Challenge. Stayed to the far left on the face for more solid rock and class 3. Descended the SE ridgeline to University Pass, more fun scrambling.
Posted Aug 15, 2005 11:47 pm

bechttRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: 7 Aug 05  Sucess!

bechtt

Great day for climbing -- phenomenal view from the top. Bad storm pelting Williamson so we hurried down after summiting at 1100.
Posted Aug 8, 2005 10:33 pm

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: July 24, 2005  Sucess!

Steve Larson

Surprisingly easy route, almost no class 3 except at the summit ridge. I was annoyed by how loose it was. On the descent I stepped on a rock that turned, then slide through a pile of slush, and jammed a finger on my right hand real good. Ouch! Beautiful peak, though, and stunning views. The clouds were already building up when I summitted at 9:15 am. By 11:00 the summit was veiled in swirling cloud. Glad I got out fo there when I did!
Posted Jul 24, 2005 8:28 pm

CompletebumRoute Climbed: N. Face Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!

Completebum

Good quick dayhike from Onion Valley. The best climbing starts ~ 100ft from the top. A little hazy looking towards the valley but otherwise a great day. Was going to climb Independance on my way past Robinson Lake but decided against it after twisting my ankle in the suncups below University Pass.
Posted Jul 4, 2005 3:12 pm

granite4brainsRoute Climbed: South East Ridge Date Climbed: 06/05/05  Sucess!

granite4brains

Great day, but cold and very windy! Still a lot of snow up there. Seems to be some confusion on where University Pass is. I believe Secor has it right in his 2nd edition page 146. We climbed the chute left of this on the south side of peak 3926.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 1:41 pm

RSN473Route Climbed: East slope Date Climbed: June 10, 2004  Sucess!

RSN473

Spring snow made the east slope quite enjoyable. Same snow made the traverse along ridge (from notch) exciting. Good climb
Posted Jun 2, 2005 12:04 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: North Face (ascent) / SE Ridge (descent) Date Climbed: July 16, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

The North Face was an okay scramble, although I found surprisingly little class 3. Hazy views due to unsettled weather, with clouds building early in the day.



Returned via the shortcut variation to University Pass--still a lot of snow, and I was glad I brought my ice axe! Unfortunately, the snow didn't cover the moraine lower down. The endless boulders below University Pass are more than a little tedious, and I gave up on my plan of tagging Independence Peak when it just looked like more of the same from Robinson Lake.
Posted Nov 17, 2004 12:11 am

BranchWhitneyRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: August 1, 2004  Sucess!
Great climb on mostly solid rock. There's a new sign-in book with two pens.
Posted Aug 4, 2004 2:51 am

tonyoRoute Climbed: North Face up, Southeast Ridge down Date Climbed: July 7, 2004  Sucess!

tonyo

I don't know how people do this in 6 hours round trip! We left the Onion Valley parking lot at 8:30, made Bench Lake by 10:00, then climbed in increasingly overcast skies to the summit just before 3:00. As soon as we made the summit, thunder started and flashes of lightning were in the air. We climbed up the ridge on the north face as directly as we could, choosing to go over obstacles rather than around them. Much of the climbing we did was 3+, some, I believe, was 4th class. The trudge back along the southeast ridge was a real pain. I would not want to go up this way. We finally found University Pass (full of snow) and glissaded down to the sound of thunder every few minutes. We were all beat at this point, and the talus walk to the point above Robinson Lake was tedious. We finally made it to the car at 8:00pm, stopped in Lone Pine for pizza and back home by 1:00 am. All in all, a very enjoyable day with some fun climbing.



I climbed with my son Matthew, and a friend, Steve (59 years old!), who had never climbed before in his life. When I asked him to join us, he thought I was talking about a hike...
Posted Jul 8, 2004 12:41 pm

sierradiscgolferRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: October 31, 2003  Sucess!

sierradiscgolfer

Climbed this with my buddy on the last snow free day of the year. Drove up to Onion Valley the night before and woke up to freezing temps (which never rose above freezing) and clear skies but a breeze from the west which carried an occasional flake(forecast said showers by end of day). Robinson Lake was frozen over (without snow) so we could see through the ice, what a beautiful sight. By University Pass it had begun spitting snow. We summitted at 2pm and were chased down by increasing snow. By the time we made the car it was covered by an inch of snow. An incredilbe, memorable hike which we can add to our shared summits.5hrs up 2.5hrs down. (Thanks Glenn)
Posted Dec 8, 2003 5:40 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: August 10, 2003  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Attempted this peak last year via University Pass but ran out of time. Came back this year and had no problem via the North Face. Descended to Kearsarge Lakes via the pass Northwest of the peak. The moraine above the Southernmost Kearsarge lake really sucked. Definitely won't go that way again.
Posted Oct 9, 2003 3:11 pm

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