Crystal Crag Climber's Log

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Romain - Jun 30, 2006 8:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2006

North Arete Warmup  Sucess!

Climbed as a warmup for the North Arete of Bear Creek Spire. Photos here.


tdoughty - Oct 16, 2005 12:45 pm

Route Climbed: west couloir Date Climbed: January 2004  Sucess!

from a snow cave at the base

pwdrqst - Oct 4, 2005 2:48 pm

Route Climbed: Scrambled up Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2004  Sucess!

Beautiful day...


tiogap - Aug 23, 2005 12:35 am

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: August 21, 2005

don't know if we started in the correct spot. climbed a chimney to the right of the buttress toe. fun climbing until the Crystal Pitch, where everything was loose.

not interested in peakbagging, so didn't go to the summit.


sierragator - Aug 21, 2005 10:46 am

Route Climbed: "one tree couloir" Date Climbed: 8-17-05  Sucess!

Bagged it via the "one tree couloir" 3rd class chute on the west side. Then followed easy third class rock on/just below the ridgeline to the summit. Took a direct route down the west face from the summit down some fun third class rock.


birdhead - Jul 25, 2005 1:15 pm

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: 07/23/05  Sucess!

The route the Croft guide shows seemed easier than 5.7. Maybe we were off route at the start. The crystal band was loose, but cool. Highlight was the ridge traverse.

Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Jul 20, 2005 11:19 pm

Route Climbed: North-to-south traverse Date Climbed: July 5, 2005  Sucess!

The North Arete was pretty fun, and so was the South Ridge descent. Kept to the crest of the latter ridge almost the entire way--a bit spicy in a couple of places, and I was glad I still had my rock shoes on, but great fun. Continued on to Mammoth Crest (a spicy snow climb with just an ice axe), traversed every bump along that to Duck Pass, and then continued on tagging every bump along Sherwin Crest before ending the day on Mammoth Rock. Longer outing than I'd expected, but a fun one.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Jul 18, 2005 3:00 pm

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: July 7, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed with Matthew, Michael, and Monty under beautiful skies and great weather. An enjoyable route, just wish it were longer! Trip Report


Romain - Jul 2, 2005 2:08 am

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: July 1, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed with David Victor after flying in from the Bay Area. What a luxury to dispense with the long drive to the Eastern Sierra! Nice route, particularly the crystal pitch and the ridge traverse. The flight in was pretty nice too... see my photo-TR at this location.


RSN473 - Jun 2, 2005 12:30 pm

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2004  Sucess!

This was our "Plan B" after getting snowed off of Bear Creek Spire - good climb!

Steve Larson

Steve Larson - Nov 15, 2004 1:10 am

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: December ~1982  Sucess!

Got bored on a family ski vacation, so I started skiing around the valley. Pretty soon I decided to reconnoiter the crag. One thing lead to another, and pretty soon I was on top. Wish I could have said the same thing for my love life!


tbnelson - Sep 28, 2004 2:33 pm

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: June 23, 2004  Sucess!

Summitted with my friend Lance. Nice 45 minute approach - mostly 4th class with a fifth class move or two. Forgot my harness which kept it interesting.

Sam Mills

Sam Mills - Sep 22, 2004 12:18 am

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: 9/17/04  Sucess!

Choose this as a short easy climb after Temple Crag.

Doug and I both felt the best part of this climb was the class 4 traverse from the north tower to the summit.

We caught up with Eastern Sierra guide Doug Nidever and his client at the summit. We had a brief, but pleasent chat.

I ended the day with a soak at Wild Willy's and watched the sun set behind the Minarets.


Misha - Aug 16, 2004 11:41 am

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: August 13, 2004  Sucess!

Very easy 5.7, but you just cannot beat this approach. Rock turned out to be pretty good quality! We barely missed a thunderstorm. After summiting, we descended the West face when the first drops of rain hit us.


Diggler - Aug 4, 2004 3:20 pm

Route Climbed: North Arete Date Climbed: 31 July, 2004  Sucess!

Took longer than I expected, but quite an enjoyable climb. Fun first 2 technical pitches, then unroped for the rest of the way. Crystal pitch was weirdly cool, and exposure for the rest of the traverse was exciting! Great climb & summit!

Scott M.

Scott M. - Jun 17, 2004 12:15 pm

Route Climbed: North Arete (II 5.7) Date Climbed: June 15, 2004  Sucess!

A fun way to kill a morning and still have time to get an afternoon adventure in, too.

rockitjeff - Mar 29, 2004 9:52 pm

Route Climbed: East Central Gully Date Climbed: July '77  Sucess!

Did the same route Josh described in the very first post; this my first ever Sierra roped route. This the most obvious line on the East Face. The 5.7 Josh describes comes in the first 40'- 50' of face climbing. NIce golden rock; no pro as I recall. Gully then turns to a sandy hke, then back to 4th class, 5.0 and some 5.4 B4 you hit the 3rd/ 4th class North summit ridge

Dave Dinnell

Dave Dinnell - Jan 11, 2004 1:07 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July 7, 1997  Sucess!

A fun short trip to do. Descended more directly down the west face.


steeleman - Aug 17, 2003 5:03 pm

Route Climbed: west chutes Date Climbed: July 20, 2002  Sucess!

trip report here

Eric Tipton - Jan 25, 2003 10:51 am

Route Climbed: North Arete II 5.7 Date Climbed: August, 2002  Sucess!

This was a fun afternoon climb. Easy access and what an incredible view from the summit. I always wondered where Mammoth Lakes got its name, now I know. I soloed the route in about thirty minutes, the further left you climbed on the arete the better the rock quality.

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