Good climbing, terrifyingly loose. I thought I was sure to kill climbers below. Crystal band was awesome. We climbed up to the highest point, crossing some of the best 4th class alpine ridge I've had in a while.
Climbed as a warmup for the North Arete of Bear Creek Spire. TR here.
from a snow cave at the base
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climbed with Matthew, Michael, and Monty under beautiful skies and great weather. An enjoyable route, just wish it were longer! Trip Report
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 TR at this location.
This was our "Plan B" after getting snowed off of Bear Creek Spire - good climb!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
A fun way to kill a morning and still have time to get an afternoon adventure in, too.
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
A fun short trip to do. Descended more directly down the west face.
trip report here