Via North Arete. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm5C3N807-0
I had been wanting to climb this crag since I was a toddler but was never allowed to and then never got the chance until today when I was passing through the area and had a few extra hours. Went up South Ridge via "One Tree Couloir" and descended West Face from the summit. Somehow managed to temporarily get stuck trying to walk through the little slot along the crest of the ridge just south of south summit!
Very enjoyable climb
Seemed like a good climb, but with the high winds and cold temp. we were moving too fast to enjoy it. Didn't bring warm enough clothes.
Good scramble with lots of options. The best lines are higher on the ridgeline (as is usually the case).
An enjoyable day out! Topped out with Deb via the North Arete and headed into town for Mammy brews.
Great scramble up the south ridge. Really enjoyable class-3 (or higher if you wish) on solid rock.
Incredible windy! The summit was spectacular though. Just a very cold and windy day.
Took and unknown route on the west face to the notch between the north and south summits. This section was class three with some loose sections but not much exposure. From the notch I climbed south to the true summit. The last section is very exposed 4th to low 5th class. First time in the area.
Immediately after climbing Mammoth Rock, I thought I'd try Crystal Crag. Well, I showed up with no route info and no skill - just my own hands, and my feet in trail running shoes. I thought I had climbed to the summit from the west side, but when I turned around and looked to the south, it appeared I had not. The smoke from the Aspen fire was getting to me, so I backed off and hiked up Mammoth Crest to get a better look at what I'd been attempting. I'll finish the job some other time...
Beautiful crisp fall day. Cold in the morning. Thought the crux to be higher up. Climbed with my wife who enjoyed it quite a bit! The quartz was everything as promised - really neat.
Nice weather. Nice views.
What a beautiful climb and so much snow to wade through to get to the base! The crystal pitch was blindly bright.
With Mike Johnson, lightning, good hike
A fun half-day excursion.
Great day with JedSMG and Ol' Walsher...cool route and interesting summit traverse...all in all, a beautiful late summer Sierra day...
Did this guy on the drive back to the Bay Area. Short approach/climb made for a nice half a day outing.
Climbed a N. Arete variation with the Gazelle. First pitch was up the excellent face just left of the starting dihedral/chimney. Fun climbing and superb views from the ridge up high. Crystal pitch was colorful, but a bit loose. Very alpine feel overall.
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.