Had many fun days on this one
Climbed this thing a couple times. This is definitely one of the best climbs I've ever done! Done it roped and solo, and every time has been great. Choose your own adventure.
Only took me 30 years to get around to it! SE buttress, right side.
What a great day!
Climbed it with AlpineAffinity, first multi-pitch trad...great alpine route!
Excellent side-trip off the Muir Trail.
I agree with some that the steep/sandy approach isn't too fun. The exposed pitch to the summit was the best. Climbing it solo is pretty exhilarating!
Great day, great group, favorite summit block so far.
Amazing route. Perfect solo
My first multi-pitch alpine trad climb & lead! Could probably go back now and do it in < half the time :-)
My first mountain wholly inside Yosemite. The scrambling near the top was first-class and fun, though I had to do a little doubletake at the base of the summit block (it's not really too technically hard once you size everything up). Not a big fan of the scree ascent up the east side to the crest below the summit pinnacle - perhaps the complete north ridge might be a more aesthetic approach with more solid rock and better views? Great peak and amazing scenery!
Couldn't find a place in the campsite so backpacked up to the base the night before. the next day was very simple
Ben and I were able to secure a wilderness permit for the night, and camped at the base of the peak. In the morning we quickly climbed Cathedral. Very fun scramble, great view. We returned and drove to Pine Creek where we would meet up with the Sierra Challenge crew.
Climbed with Laura Molnar. Came up the West Face and did Eichorn Pinnacle north face first, then continued up to do the class 4 scramble atop Cathedral.
Approach shoes were fine; belayed Laura up & down, then flipped rope over the west side of the summit pinnacle and had Laura belay me as I downclimbed on toprope :)
Beautiful sunny day, though a bit chilly.
Date climbed: 28-June-2009
Route climbed: SE Buttress + 5.7 varations
Climbed with Matthew ... and what seemed like 40 of our closest friends :)
Led all the pitches this time. Did 5.7 variations to the left of the usual route. I think the fourth pitch (5.7 knobs + arete) was by far the best. We skipped the summit scramble this time, since it was getting crowded up there and we'd both been there before.
Beautiful day, got breezy and cloudy but no rain or thunder. Mosquitoes were out in force though.
Route climbed: SE Buttress + 5.7 variation
Date climbed: August 5, 2006
Swapped leads with Calvin Kilcrease, bypassing the chimney on some interesting 5.7 variations (which he led). Airy and fun summit !
Approach took us about 90 minutes (we were feeling slow :) Roped up around 10am (?) and met Haydar and his group from Portland. Clouds were looking ominous, but we headed off to the saddle and did Eichorn Pinnacle afterwards anyway ... heard thunder as we rapped off Eichorn. returned to cars by 7-ish.
Started hiking around 6:30 and were the first on the route. Great route.
Great route. Climbed with Jason, his first multi-pitch route. Views were awesome!
In writing this log entry almost 35 years after the event, the things I remember most was camping at Budd Lake experiencing on awesome sunset over the Lake after a 2 hour thunderstorm cleared. The second was leading that awkward 5.7 crack and with one hand jamb tearing open a quarter inch horseshoe shaped cut that bled like crazy. The scar is still very noticeable today. Finally the solitude on the summit for it was just me and my two friends. In fact we didn’t see anyone else on the peak or camped at Budd Lake. From the other recent entries, I guess things have changed a great deal.
Standard west face, round the back summit block, a climber from LA had my back.
I took my friends Mike and Maria up Southeast Buttress on a day climb from the Bay Area. At this point, I lost count of how many times I climbed this route. Probably five or six...
Mellow and not so crowded day
Easy approach, fun climbing, beautiful views!