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!
Solo adventure up the West Face route on Echo Peak #3. Fun scrambling, although I was a bit surprised at the exposure on the final ridge portion. Ascended Cathedral Lakes trail and descended via Budd Creek with perfect weather.
Climbed all of these on a crisp October day with Matthew, Glenn, and his brother Sam (below). Great company for some fun peaks. Trip Report
Did all 9 in one day fun lot of climbing awsome view of cathedral
#9 difficult but fun well worth it.
Spent half of the day playing on the Echo Peaks. Bagged 5 of them, then headed to Cathedral, fun scrambling.
Perfect finale to a Cathedral traverse: Unicorn / Althuski / Cockcomb / Echo Ridge / and Five of these Echo Peaks!
Soloed a bunch of 'em with my buddy Luke right before the Maintenance crew left the high country '05
Did #1 on a solo trek through the backcountry for 4 days at the end of the season- The days were warm and the nights were cold. Amazing country, especially with no else around at this time.
On the way from Echo 2 to Echo 3
My body starts shaking vigorously.
As I stop the shaking abates,
As I make a move forward
It starts again with increased intensity.
A brief vision of a climber
Tumbling down the steep West Face
Is convincing enough:
There will be no more climbing for me today.
Ashamed I retrace my steps,
Turned back by a mere class 3.
Sep 23, 2005, No. 3 - West Face: Very cool climb up steep, exposed flakes. Continued on to Echo Ridge, with absolutely spectacular views of Matthes Crest.
Oct. 22, 2006, No. 5, 7, 8, 9: Climbed with Bob, Sam, and Glenn as an easier day after Cleaver/Blacksmith. Wasn't feeling good (dizzy due to lack of sleep the previous couple of nights), so I bailed on the outing after those peaks.
I can't remember what peak is what, but I only hit up three of them due to exhaustion and knobs popping off under my hiking boots. Interesting view of Yosemite Valley from up there eventhough I hated that knifeblade crotch shuffle required to top out on one of those things. Does the wind ever stopped blowing?!
Matthew and I climbed this as our second peak of the day after Tresidder. I liked the slabs coming up the west face, and the final 3rd class sharp edge to the summit of number 3. I would like to go back and get all 9, I didn't do any others as I had very little beta, and we were on our way to Echo Ridge and Cockscomb.
Came back and did #1,#2, #3, #6, #8, #5. Running low on time for the rest of our traverse so we left for Echo RIdge after these. Looks like I'll have to go back again for the remaining ones!
Climbed Echo Peaks #1, #2, #3 and #6 with Bob Swanson. I thought they were so cool, that i took some novice climbers up the following August to do #1, #2, and #3. Not every wanted to climb #3. But they all loved the hike up. What a great view of Cathedral and Matthes Crest. Went up one last time with Bob and Jeff. This time #1, #3 and only thought about #4. Jeff's first time camping out over night in the states.
Climbed #1 and #8. Will go back for the rest! Headed over to Echo Ridge next - fun climb.
Climbed #1, #2, and #3. Mostly class 3, some route challenges ended up with sections of class 4. No one else on peaks all day - though did hear climbers topping out over on Cathedral Peak.
These were peaks 4, 5 and 6 of a seven peak day with Bob Burd
After a long day of climbing it seemed ridiculous to ascend each and every one of the Echo Peaks. So I just picked a representative one (#5) and climbed it. Nice rock and nice views. I should have done #3, which looked more interesting (and bigger).
September 30, 2006: Climbed a different route on #9. The crux felt like 5.8. Chickenhead breaking at the crux made it exciting. Two pitches of above average climbing. According to the register, we were the first party on it in 2006. With Etsuko and Maria.
August 21, 2004: After scrambling up #5 and #7, Rich (steeleman), T-Bo and I focused on our primary objective of the day: Southwest Face of #9. Despite the threatening weather and thunderstorms around us, we climbed the route in 3 short pitches. It was Rich's and T-Bo's first multi-pitch climb and a first hanging belay! A stuck rope and our inability to hear each other on the 2nd pitch made it even more interesting. The crux move past the overhang was fun! And the rappel on the other side of the peak was even better!!
June 28, 2003: After scrambling up Wilts Col, davidkiene, kiwifzzz and I climbed up short but sweet Class 3 routes on Echo Peaks #5, 7 and 8. Since main objective of our day was Cockscomb, we decided to 'spare' remaining Echo Peaks for the next trip :)
Having retired from rock climbing for about 30 years, I decided to brush up on my "skills" and headed to Yosemite for two days to spend some time with a guide from the Yosemite Mountaineering School. We spent the first day in Yosemite valley climbing slabs and cracks and covering basic anchoring techniques. Day two was spent climbing 8 of the 9 Echo Peaks. We climbed #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #7, #9 and #8. #4 was skipped, as being a bit far and would have made the day too long. #3 was a most satisfying summit, #6 was the most fun w/o a rope and #9 was a life-altering experience. We traversed right instead of left and ended up in 5.8+ territory, which I can barely climb WITH a top-rope. It ended up okay; there is a very fine summit register going back over 30 years and providing proof that this summit is not often visited. I am absolutely amazed that Josh downclimbed this thing!!! Of course, without a rope, what choice did he have? We had two ropes and used them both for a short rappel to a great ledge (which we missed on the way up) and for a second 160 ft. rappel down the completely vertical north side. (I'll get #4 and Cathedral Peak on my next trip to Yosemite).