Very nice scramble, with R. Zeithammer. Then went and climbed the lower horn.
Excellent class 3-4 scramble up the NE Ridge, from camp at the Vidette Lakes. One move in particular stands out in my memory, just above the fun knife edge. After making the exposed side step move, I was greeted by the sight and smell of a beautiful bunch of Sky Pilots right in my face.
Had planned to loop over to Stanford, first by trying the SE ridge, and when that got too hard attempted to drop down into the basin below Ericsson. I recalled one of the chutes being class 4, but I took the wrong one as both the main chute and a southern side chute cliffed out a painful 100 feet above the basin, after descending many hundreds of feet. So I retreated back up top, took one look down the nasty NE couloir, and proceeded to descend the NE Buttress.
A really fun climb of the NE Buttress after climbing Mt. Stanford the day before. Nice, solid Class 3 for most of the upper part of the route.
After my partner flaked on me I ended up on a solo trip from Harrison Pass. First up Stanford and Caltech before heading over to Ericsson via the east ridge/slope. Descended to Lucys Foot Pass and then up Deerhorn to cap off the day. West ridge involved a bit of routefinding (thanks to some not entirely accurate information in Secor's book) and was a bit slow as well as I was trying to delay while some storms dispersed. Finally got up in early evening and then returned the same way. Ended up being a fun scramble and I suppose the misinformation made it even more interesting.
This peak was a GOOD scramble!! with a bit of challenge... bit of route finding on the way up, easier on the way down as Holliman states, I share his sentiments exactly!
Solo dayhike from Onion valley.
Dayhike from Onion Valley in combination with Caltech Peak. It was a very long day. 2009 Sierra Challenge.
With Sean and Adam, on Day 8 of the Sierra Challenge. We went up the NE Ridge (fun), down the NE Buttress (less fun). Trip Report
A very long day from Onion Valley.
The start of a long Sierra Challenge day. Fun class 4.
Up and down the NE couloir. Excellent snow!
Nice day hike with Brian F (of Marie P fame). On the way back, Brian eyed East Vidette as a diversion (I've done) and I eyed West Vidette (he's done) so in the end, we just hiked back to the trailhead. Great rock on this route -- definitely need to go back and do the NE Ridge.
Deerhorn-West Vidette dayhike out of Onion Valley. Thanks to route-finding differences, I found the NE Buttress to be more like very spicy class 4 on the way up, and very easy class 2-3 on the way down--I guess it averages out to be class 3? Deerhorn was fun, West Vidette wasn't.