it was pretty late in the day so i just tagged #8 on the way back from echo ridge. super easy class 3, just how i like it ;)
After Cathedral with some Sierra Challenge buddies
With D. Victor and R. Renteria, one day plane trip from the bay area. Nice peaks, but we ran out of time to tag them all.
Class 3-4 up #3 starting low on the W face, traverse to #2 then #1 (I think it was 2 to 1 that had a fun, but optional, traverse on the W side of the ridge where you shuffle your feet along a narrow ledge while hanging onto the ridge top).
Tried 6 but turned around part way up, didn't try 4, and admired 9 but didn't even think about trying it.
Run/scramble from Cathedral Lakes TH up some of the peaks and down via Budd Lake. Bailed from some peaks that looked too sketchy in running shoes. Nice area altogether.
We did this in two full pitches with a 70 m rope. Found the climbing to be a mix of class 3-5, with some challenging route-finding. Rock quality is not great. We encountered LOTS of loose rock--including a bath-tub size flake near the top that moved when weighted!!--and grunge in the cracks. Plus bushes with sticklers. Top out was a lot of fun along a "sidewalk in the sky". Rather than rappel down, we down-climbed the short class 3 section from the notch between #3 and #4 to the west side. Summit register only recorded 3 visits all of last year!
Very fun day of scrambling on these peaks with SMG. Despite it being August, it was very cold and began to snow lightly on us as we were leaving. Go figure. I think #1,2,and 3 are the best and would recommmend doing them as the finale.
Hakan, Vlad and I went to climb Echo Peaks to celebrate Hakan's completion of CA 14ers. Vlad lead #9 in 1 pitch and struggled with terrible rope drag. There were several airy traverses and the chickenheads were breaking off, making for a spicy climb. When descending we found the hard way that rappelling off the north side could not be done with a single rope. After fighting stuck rope on the first rappel on the south side we finally got off #9 and went to bag #3 and break out the champagne on the summit.
Did all but #9, 4, and I think 6 (the third hardest - definitely doable, but looked a little sketchy from where I was). Still a lot of fun scrambling, some airy ridges - went up #5 (I think) and downclimbed the backside which proved interesting. Could have taken more time but was working on the Cathedral Traverse.
wandered about the ridge finding fun lines, attempting to avoid loose rock, and enjoying an easy afternoon in the hills on Echo Peaks and Echo Ridge. Highly recommended if you have an afternoon to kill and if the crowds are too much to go solo Cathedral
On a day off work did a bunch of these, echo ridge, cockscomb, and unicorn ..fun day
Spent about half a day scrambling on the Echo Peaks with SMG (Sierra Mountaineering Group). Bagged at least five peaks. Ton a fun and some wicked views at the top.
#9 was just a bit much for me to solo, which was discouraging but not unexpected. Trip report
Fun day of scrambling...
Climbed several of these and Echo Crest on a day hike from Sunrise High Sierra Camp where I worked in 1972. Climbed several again in 1976 with Sue Roddy (RIP).
Climbed 1-8. Some fun climbing, need to go back and get number 9.
Enjoyed a day of scrambling around Echo Peaks with Dan.
Traversed Echo, Cockscomb and Unicorn. A wonderful day in Yosemite.
On the way back from Echo Ridge. It took about 15 minutes.
With my fiance Sarah, climbed all except for #4 and #6. She led #9 in two pitches, and it took two raps to get down; we removed **really** old slings and replaced with new on each rap. No entries in the register since Bob and Matthew last year. We will have to go back to get those other two another time, #4 looks like we will definitely want a rope again, and #6 was just a little more exposed and difficult than I wanted to downclimb at the end of a long day (which included an hour of rest for me to deal with random indigestion). We need to climb them all...they are depicted on the engagement ring that a jeweler friend designed for us earlier this year!