This is a great scramble up from the Jigsaw Pass area. So many possible routes on good rock, and an easy descent on sandy stuff.
Wanted to climb Picture Puzzle but the south facing snow slopes turned into a gloppy mess. Beautiful Peak and views. Descend to the southern valley and Lake Five.
Easy climb..did Aperture first
Unnervingly loose passing the first and second notches to the east off of Picture Puzzle, and a straightforward boulder hop after that. I missed the register going out and ended up climbing the 1st and 3rd gendarmes, the latter requiring an airy little move.
lots of boulder hopping and sun cupped snow fields to navigate up from 7th lake. a short section of class 3 or 4 (?) scrambling to ascend to gendarmes ridge, then more boulder hopping down to 5th lake past the scary smiley face. fun and tiring day having started at 3rd lake.
Up and down one incorrect pass, then up another incorrect pass to Gendarme. Will the real Jigsaw Pass please stand up? Hit the real pass on the way down. See the map I posted for correct location.
Thanks to the photos Mike L. posted here, I had no problem finding the pass. Climbed up on fairly solid class 3 rock. From the pass it was mostly a talus slog to the top. The best climbing of the day I found on Aperture Peak (solid class 3/4 via NW chute). Tagged Chocolate Peak on the way back as well.
2007 sierra challenge, fun day.
Day 5 was an easier outing. With Ryan Spaulding, tagged Picture Puzzle, Gendarme, and Aperture Peak. We descended from Jigsaw Pass at the correct location, only to take the more difficult chute because we didn't know better. Not the most obvious pass in the Sierra. Trip Report
Third peak of four today that included Chocolate, Picture Puzzle, Gendarme (+ 3 of 4 gendarmes), and Aperture. Descend via Jigsaw Pass. Climbed to Gendarme #4 to look at route to Two Eagle Peak -- decided traverse would take too long (lot's of class 3 bypassing of class 4/5 climbs). Climbed to just below #3 and decide cl. 4/5 exposed routes not worth the risks. #1 & 2 were easy.
Jigsaw pass isn't too bad if you know a) where it is and b) how to navigate it. Going up I found rather enjoyable high cl3 scambling. Going down was a little sketchy in spots, but I think I was a little too far to the right.
from Bishop Pass Trail - Ascended an incorrect "jigsaw pass", but was able to successfully find the right one on the way down. Great views of the Palisades to the south.