Climbed with "pfrank". Paul lead crux pitches since I was tired from 5 straight days in the Palisades. Late September weekday = no a single other person in Crystal Lake basin. Beautiful weather, views, and solitude.
so I couldn't pass off ticking off one of the routes listed in Croft's guidebook :-). Led the first and third pitch of the N Arete & simul-climbed to the summit. Descended the S Ridge, taking a difficult line (cl. 4-5). Then I realized I left my sneakers on the summit, so I climbed up and down an easier line (cl. 3).
An absolutely beautiful route :-) Very rewarding at the top!
Climbed with the lovely girlfriend. Poor gal got her foot stuck in a hand crack.
Rob led all pitches, awesome. Happy Birthday, Robbie.
paul, greg, martha, and I
Climbed with Laura to celebrate my 43rd birthday. Led all pitches.
Headed up what I thought was the North Arete (5.7) -- turns out the first pitch was the North Face (5.8), according to the Mammoth Area Rock Climbing guidebook. Joined up with the north arete for second and third pitches though. Fantastic crystal just below false summit. Knife edge below true summit had great exposure ! Descended via west face scramble.
Cool and windy day, glad I wore long underwear and windstopper, but clear and beautiful views !
Mary and I camped at Mary's Lake and then did this route in the morning. Fun climbing for 3 pitches, then an exposed traverse to the summit. After getting back to our packs, we did 2 sport routes to round out the day.
Macallan 5.9, onsight
Springbank 5.10a, onsight
The crystal pitch was totally cool!
great climb. watch the loose stuff. beautiful area with this being just the tip of the iceberg! can't wait to get back.
Awesome climb with great views! Great introduction to multi-pitch climbing in a beautiful area. Wasn't too hard, had lots of fun in great weather.
Fun climb,it was so much fun I did it again the next day
Highly enjoyable, though regrettably short. Nice exposure and a sweet summit block.
Seemed a little easier than 5.7, but very fun. Great outing for a fun and easy day!
I agree. I felt like it was 5.5
Scrambled the South Ridge with my 3 young sons, fun outing.
Enjoyable scrambling. Tricky route finding between the west chutes.
This was only my second multi-pitch climb, but seemed a lot easier than my first (Bear Creek Spire). The crystal quartz section up top was fun to climb, but lots of loose rock. Great time!
I think I climbed the west face if memory serves me. Came in on the wrong side of the peak and ended up a few feet below the peak, just a little too exposed for me that day. Went back years later and hit the summit.
Enjoyable, short dayhike/climb with a 1mi approach from the parking lot.