A long climb up the east couloir with some fun scrambling near the top. Especially enjoyed the 1900 ft glisade on the way down.
Climbed the horrible and dry couloir with Jeff before the final fun 400'. Some excitement on a couple of moves but most of it was easy. We continued to South Basin for the real excitement. There I left Jeff to continue to Four Gables before the loose descent to Horton Lakes. Pictures
Tedious talus slog
The 400 or so feet direct finish to the summit made up for the couloir slog. Descended north slope. Magnificent Fall foliage in the upper Horton creek drainage.
To help with the slog up the east couloir mentally, I would focus on the next little rock platform every 30-50 ft. and focus on getting to it one at a time, to break it up into manageable bits.
Great 4th class climbing to the summit, but it hardly made up for the never ending slog up the couloir (bone dry). Saw a wide array of summit register entry's including Peter Croft.
Continued on the ridge traverse to south basin mountain, but bailed right before the NE ridge of south basin (final 200 ft. gain to summit). (did not bring headlamp)
Happy that my Xterra could actually make it to the gate - I hit the "kill switch" in my brain and mindlessly slogged up the chute with Daria. Full excitement mode for the climb up rock to the summit, then traversed to South Basin only to bail from the north tower due to time of day and tough terrain with tired bodies. Descended steep chute off north tower with some snow and ice...Horton Lakes at nightfall and creepy drive out.
Slog up the standard route. Nice views, but not the most pleasant climb.
Interesting weather. Snow, sun, high winds. Rock was cold and dry.
With LB and BD from Horton Lakes TH. To avoid snow, we ended up choosing a route that took us to the ridge southwest of the summit. ~30 more minutes and class 2 terrain to get to summit. Lots of postholing on the descent due to warm temps. Brought ax and crampons, but would have been better served with snowshoes.
Hiked with Lisa and Xavier, we took the Horton Lake 2nd class route.
After suffering a stress fracture in my foot earlier this summer, I had to cancel all of my sierra trips through July and August. I was finally healed enough to hike and climb by Labor Day weekend so we headed in to Horton Lakes for the Basin and Tom double. So, so happy to be back in the mountains again. Loved the climb and the views.
Dave G. & I soloed the east couloir.
In via my favorite valley to Horton Lake, from there perfect amount of snow and rock made for a straightforward ascent, and a speedy decent. Only need crampons for the steep gully at 11,300 ft. Great views all around.
Dropped the lower zone of the east couloir...perfect snow and hot weather!
Left my group and climbed this solo after hiking in to Horton. Left camp on the far side of of the lake at 2 pm and made it back around 7 pm just as it was getting too dark to see. I climbed up the little waterfall right below the lower small lake / puddle but that didn't seem to save much.
Most of this route above Horton Lake was completely snowbound at this time. The upper 1000 feet was frozen hard wind-swept ice. Glad I had my crampons with me. Saved a lot of time. The weather and the view were incredible.
Great climb with Ken T. Overnight camp at the mine and good weather made for a leasurely wake-up time. Cool temperatures had the snow in excellent condition for both ascent and descent. Wanted to look for PeeWee Croft's paw-print in the summit register, but couldn't find it (the register), maybe buried under snow in a pocket/crack.
Fun climb, still a lot of snow pack there when I climbed it. Finally got to the top and then came down the east chute bypassing the class 4 sections by going down a chute on the south side to traverse to the east chute.
With Patty Rambert.