After hiking in and climbing Hawksbeak, we camped at the Rainbow Canyon mosquito ranch. The following morning we climbed Tower Peak, then traversed along the west ridge between it and Ehrnbeck. The west side of Ehrnbeck has numerous route finding challenges, as many promising lines drop off into air. We persisted, and finally gained the summit block by locating a wide crack down to the saddle between the main summit and its last gendarme. From here it was a squirm up a chimney blocked by two chock stones that could be crawled between, leading to easy rock to the summit. We descended down the easy slopes of the east side. A 43 mile, two night and three day trip.
The 2nd peak in a three day, three peak run from Sonora Rd to Hetch Hetchy.
This was part of a 10-day backpacking trip. I climbed the NE Ridge from the head of Thompson Canyon, then ran the ridge over to Wells Peak. There were some enjoyable short Class III/IV sections along the upper part of the NE ridge before you reach the sandy eastern slope leading to the summit. It was an enjoyable climb.
Peak 3 of a 4-peak dayhike tour with Scotty. For all of the sordid details, read his trip report from the link in the entry below.
Third peak of the day on a crazy epic hike with Barry Beck. Read all about it in this trip report!