Thunderstorm came in when about 30ft from summit. Buzzing rocks, hair on arms standing out.... not good. We retreated back down in rocks well below the ridge and then retreated.
Not sure if we (the Sierra Challenge 2005 group) actually made it to the "high point", but since everyone else is claiming credit, I guess I will too :)
Climbed the east sub-peak with the Bob Burd gang during the 2005 Sierra Challenge.
Climbed with Bob, Matthew, Mark and co during the 2005 Sierra Challenge. Agree to Matthew's comments. Traverse to Columbine was more fun. Spectacular views of the Palisades.
An anticlimatic summit, but the 4th class headwall climbed to gain the ridge was sure a thrill! A nice easy day on Bob Burd's Sierra Challenge, w/ a post-clim B-Day celebration and a pool party.
Some loose rock along the way, and with a relatively large party on the 2005 Challenge, heard quite a few "ROCK" yells. Some fun 3rd class moves and one exposed 4th class move, but great climb in general. It was a bit frustrating being separated from the true summit by an imposing high 5th class wall across the keyhole that noone attempted. Thanks to Bob for a fine peak to make the Challenge.
Not the greatest rock, and it seems like we climbed neither the highest point (the 5th class spire in the middle of the ridge for which we were unprepared), nor the point for which the peak is presumably named (the lower point at the west end of the summit ridge that looks like a triangle from some points in Dusy Basin). But it is the point named Isosceles on the 7.5' for some reason. I think the map is wrong...
There were a couple of exposed third class moves to gain the ridge crest from the saddle along the connecting ridge to Columbine (per the Reiner Stenzel report on climber.org), but nothing difficult.
Traversed on to Columbine Peak (more fun than Isosceles if you keep right to the ridge), and returned through Dusy Basin, my first visit to the area--gorgeous!
What a great way to kill your afternoon! Etsuko and I started from Dusy Basin, climbed 4 pitches up SW Buttress (5.6) and then traversed onto the West face for the best pitch (5.7) of the climb. On the descent, I stepped onto a huge boulder (300-400lb) that decided to slide down with me on it. Fortunately I was able to grab some stuff around me the last second while the boulder slid from under me and caused a huge rock fall. Phew! Before us this peak was last climbed in 2001
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Climbed an easy 5th class route with Doug Mantle somewhere on this face.
Partners: Reese Martin & Steve Reynolds
Perfect sunny day. Approached via Dusy Basin.