Miguel Carmona and I skied from Lee Vining to the NPS cabin in Tuolumne Meadows in one day (22 miles) and next day attempted to ski to Cathedral Peak SE Buttress. The snow along the creek (coming down from Budd Lake area) was so deep and unconsolidated, we spent all our energy trying to get to the peak. Turned around short of the buttress next day and skied back to Lee Vining. This was one of the toughest, longest and most tiring trips we both have done in a long time. We thought this could be attempted again, especially since the NPS allows you to stash food and gear at the cabin in the fall and would allow one to ski up there without too much heavy gear.
On my visit to Cathedral
I meet wonderful people...
But as we chat merrily,
I crave for solitude...
And from Cathedral crowds
I go on to the silence of Echos.
Climbed this route many times since my first season a TML. My fav though was by the full moon with my buddy Ryan.
sweet climbing, one of my favorite rock climbs ever!
always a fun climb, which is why i've been doing it once or twice a year for about a decade. most memorable was the linkup of the se buttress and the eichorn direct with the gazelle. good day of moderate climbing.
Nice Hike / climb , kind of dicey at the summit.
Climbed it with Planters Worts on both feet.
Oh the pain
Very crowded, but still classic and fun. The Eichorn Pinnacle was a blast also.
Simil-climbed the SE Buttress with my friend Thad in 2002. Great route
One of the most relaxing trips to the mountains I've had this year. Went up the east slope then traversed to the low point between Eichorn and Cathedral where we dropped our packs. From there we stayed as close to the top of the ridge as possible to the summit. We retraced our steps back to our gear and spent an hour eating lunch on a ledge in the sun. From there we downclimbed the south face and hiked to Cathedral lake for some frisbee tossing/napping and back to the car. Never saw a soul all day, a first for me in this area.
Sweet day in the mountains with Misha, who gracioiusly led this noob up all the pitches. Thanks man! Trip report here.
Excellent route for my first multi-pitch. We were a team of three with 70m ropes, one leader and two simultaneous followers. What a fast way to get three people to the top of the mtn!
Excellent weather, although a little smoky from forest fires near White Wolf.
Second time in two weeks; this time with steeleman.
What a beautiful day in the backcountry!! We practically had the route to ourselves.
My 3rd time on the summit. This time with Etsuko and Mike. This was Etsuko's first outdoor climb after her injury. She even led one pitch! The day was absolutely spectacular: no wind, sunny, no clouds, in the 70s, practically no crowds. We did the 5.7 variation on the lower part of the face
Awesome rock, scenery, and route. A word of caution-- the Class 4 crack at the end would be Class 5 in many other states, and there is almost no room for error there. Once you commit, it takes seconds to do and is pretty easy to descend.
From a camp at Cathedral Lakes.
From camp at Budd Lake. What a great summit!!
Once committed to a crowded climb, this is a really fun route. We hit a perfect window between the super alpine starters and the masses. Simul climbed to the chimney and pitched it out from there. Much fun and a great summit.
Among my favorite Sierra Climbs! Beautiful day, beautiful peak.
Great climb, took us 5-6 pitches. Love that chimney.
Also climbed summer 2003 via Mountaineer's Route.