On 4 day loop through Emigrant, Hoover & Yosemite. Photos: http://www.meetup.com/Wildcat-Adventure-Club/photos/707426/10591087/
Combined backpacking/climbing trip with Tower Peak as the ultimate destination. Fires burning in Hetch Hetchy pretty much trashed the views.
September 2001 - dayhiked from camp at High Emigrant Lake. A bit windy, but nice views.
Climbed this peak as part of our route on a 50-mile loop backpacking trip through Emigrant Wilderness. Very nice veiws. Camped at High Emigrant lake (chilly night!!) and climbed up and over early in the morning.
Backpacked over with my friend, then went back up the next day going the other way. Great views of course, but I somehow miss the rugged granite and sharp ridges of the south.
The south slope was mostly snow free except for the bottom, but the north was completely covered in suncups.
Part of a loop backpack out of Kennedy Meadows. Came up Kennedy Canyon from Kennedy Lake and then ascended Big Sam via Horse Meadow Road. The snowfield was still present, and I opted to scree scramble around it rather than risk a traversal.
Pics are here
Climbed Big Sam on the way to Kennedy Lake from Emigrant Meadow Lake. It was a heavy snow fall that year. Emigrant Lake & Emigrant Meadow Lake were both 50% frozen. High Emigrant Lake was completely frozen. The skies were crystal clear the day we climbed Big Sam, but it was freezing and blowing about 50 MPH on the summit.
We encountered heavy snow on the descent into the bowl just north of the summit. That was fun. However a little further below there were 2 snow/ice field crossings with exposure that stretched the limit of my risk tolerence.
We reached this on the second to last day of a 50 mile backpacking trip that started at Crabtree. I'm glad we did the ascent in the morning. This peak has some of the best views around.