East Face/ East Face Direct

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 36.65560°N / 118.3361°W
Additional Information Route Type: Technical Rock Climb
Additional Information Time Required: One to two days
Additional Information Difficulty: Grade IV 5.8
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Shepherd's Pass Trailhead - Highway 395 to Independence. Go West on Market Street (towards the Sierra Nevada). Market Street becomes Onion Valley Road once you leave Independence. After 4.4 miles, turn left (south) on Foothill Road. Road forks after about 1 mile, follow the right fork. You will see a sign saying "Shepherd's Pass Trailhead". After about 2 more miles, you reach another fork in the road - go right. Two more forks in the road are reached and you will go right at each one and you'll reach the trailhead for Shepherd's Pass. From Shepherd pass, continue south over a low rise to obtain the Williamson Bowl.

Route Description

Tyndall's east face (IV 5.8) is nice moderate route on quality rock. The route follows the left of two chimneys dropping from Tyndall's summit. The direct route (V 5.10 A2) lies between the two chimneys. The intitial pitches stay to the left of the two prominent roofs (5.10) before traversing up and to the right. Aid will required occasionally (A2). After surpasssing the roofs, the angle eases for several pitches before reaching the final headwall (5.10).

Descend via the Northwest Ridge or Rib.

Essential Gear

60 meter rope, set of wired nuts/hexes, set of cams, many long runners, cordelletes, etc

Miscellaneous Info

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