I'm sorry I put this off for so long, this is a fine peak. The NE Ridge is a truly fun scramble, with enough exposure and difficulty to keep your focus.
Debbi and I did a handful of peaks over the Labor Day weekend, which included NE Ridge. Loved the "stegasaurus" back and keeping close to the North Arete. Wild and sometimes exposed climbing. Great day! Had a rest day a few days later and watched 5 out of 7 parties get "thwarted" on North Arete. Amusing!
Returned again to this classic scramble, this time as part of my knee rehab program. Barry, D.Rod, Stan, and myself enjoyed the route immensely, each taking a slightly different variation. Good (and scary) times were had by all. Hit Pyramid Peak on the way up and Pipsqueak Spire on the way down.
Summited with Andre via Ulrich's route. Apart from the seemingly interminable boulder hopping, the climb above Cox Col was enjoyable with a little class 4 thrown in for good measure.
My first multi-pitch Sierra climb. Thanks to Dara for the great lead. Found the route description from Supertopo very helpful.
Climbed with SP member hashfxn; lots of loose rock lower down, very nice further along the upper pitches (if roped up). The descent can be tricky, so daylight is manditory unless the route is selected earlier.
Quite a fun route to ascend.
This was the largest, and most challenging alpine climb I have attempted. As a result of exposure, rain/hail, and slow climbing we bailed 100 feet from the summit, so we could make it back to the trail before dark. I'll return, someday, to finish this one off.
What a mountain! Fun the whole way. Multiple parties on top including 2 teams doing North Arete, a solo doing the NE ridge, and myself. Met more climbers heading up on the way down so definitely a popular mountain. Pictures
This was a good climb up to the very end, where things got a bit tricky. Trip report is here:
Still, a great summit and an incredible day!
Climbed with Rene' Renteria. This is a classic route. Photos and TR on my website.
Miguel Carmona and I skied from Tom's Place on Hwy 395 (Rock Creek Rd. is closed in winter) to Dade Lake in one day (23 miles) with winter overnight gear and full rack in February 1991 to attempt to climb the North Ridge of BCS in winter. At Dade Lake we were forced to take a day off to recover from the ski in and next day got up early to climb. Abandoned the climb on the 4th or 5th pitch, at the base of the three ribs as we both were unable to rewarm our hands and feet. It was unusually cold day, we climbed in leather mountain boots as we didn't think we could climb the arete in plastic boots. I'm not sure if this was ever attempted in winter since, does anyone know?
I finally went back under clear but cold conditions to get the summit block. This was a very enjoyable climb, one that I'm sure I will repeat.
Awesome day, great weather. A bit sketchy due to snow and ice, but well worth the hike. Trip report here.
Very cold but much better the second time without dodging lightning bolts.
Beautiful positive rock but too cold and windy for my taste! Awesome views from aloft and we spied a dude soloing the Northeast Ridge, never saw him descend by Cox Col though....? Of course we didn't descend properly either but did make it back to camp in mostly one piece.
Exciting alpine climbing with my life partner Deb. The crux? Getting back to base camp at Dade Lake : P Seriously, I felt the highlights of the route was the 1st pitch '5.8 handcrack' (nice expanding flake near the bottom.....a bit spooky!). Pitch 5 was a bit demanding ("5.8 off-width"). We found out later after the trip that we did a variation to the right of the original route, that went 5.10. No wonder I was sucking "O's". I think we're done for awhile doing north facing routes. Nearly froze our butts off....minimal sun. All in all, a Sierra classic!
Great climb w/ Jennie and Ed. Summit block was the most exciting feature of the weekend, and it was fun solving the problem all around the block. The backside seemed very doable, but we ended up surmounting it via the ledge and awkward mantle. Some fun 4th class downclimbing near the summit area. Thanks to my partners for the great company and fun climb!
Dayhike with Ed C. and Jeff D. Following our two day trip to Ritter and Banner, this seemed like a long Sunday. Great weather, lots of folks on the peak.
Kenn Kenega and I Did this route from a camp just above Dade Lk. It took us about 2 hours to hike up Peppermint Pass and over Spire col and hike up to the far western end of the south face. With only a sentence for a description we had a little trouble finding the route. West of the "British Chimneys" we started up Dirty slabs for about 500' in elevation until we finaly hit the cornor system and roped up. We did 6 pitches of moderate climbing and gained the anchors below the summit of Bear Creek Spire. We were off the summit by 1:30 pm. Except for 1 move on the first pitch of the dihedral section and maybe 1 short dihedral section the climb was 5.7 or 8, the rock quality was pretty grainy but I"m sure it would clean up if more people did the route, it did fiish right at the summit. All in all it was a good adventure , but I did expect a little more of the climb. If you go this way don"t pass up the Rowell route on the south face it looked AWESOME.