Nice class 3 climb from the campsite near Shepherd Pass. Pretty solid rock overall, would certainly recommend this route. If you do go this way, please keep in mind the first summit in view is a false summit, just slightly lower, and is bypassed on the left. Also, it would be wise to GPS mark the entrance/exit off of Diamond Mesa. I didn't, and I paid the price by wandering too far right (north) on the exit.
Pk #6 on day 3 of bagging peaks over Shepherd Pass. Thoroughly enjoyed the scramble from Pk 13431 at the pass and up Junction's west face.
After climbing Tyndall, we headed across the Shepherd Plateau and up onto Diamond Mesa from which we climbed the South Ridge.
Fun route and descent back to Anvil Camp with Todd.
After climbing Mt. Keith earlier in the day, we camped at Lake 3,806m. Climbed the South Face of Junction Peak in the morning. For the final traverse along the south ridge starting at the top of the south face, we initially dropped down on the left side of the ridge, then climbed a chute back up to the ridge which put us about 1/4 of the way to the summit. From there, we stayed directly on the ridge to the summit.
Took the ridge and west chute up from Forester Pass during a weekend in Center Basin. Goes over one of my favorite stretches of the JMT, loved the walk through there. Fun climbing up slabs in the chute with a bit of poking around to find the best route to the summit at the top. View is superb!
Day 10 of the Sierra Challenge. Life is easier if you stay below the ridge to the left. Trip report.
Decide to do this from the John Muir Trail. Last minute thing, but a fun-route finding peak.
Tagged this peak along with Caltech. Fun class 3 scrambling from Forester Pass.
Part of 3-day backpacking trip
I had no route descriptions, so unsure as to the title of my route. I went straight up Diamond Mesa, across the mesa, across a knife ridge, and up a steep loose coluir. I do not recommend going up the colouir as it was extremely loose. Great fun though
Quick 2 hour roundtrip from the pass with a bit of hail on top. Views were phenomenal. Peak #14 on JMT adventure.
Spectacular summit ridge--it's just a shame it requires a slog up Shepherd Pass and up endless sand on the south face to reach it.
The ridge looked intimidating on the climb up, and based on a hazy recollection of Secor's advice, I dropped off the ridge to the west side, which proved to be tricky in places (difficult route-finding, some delicate moves). On the return, I kept religiously to the crest of the ridge, and found it *much* easier, although a couple of moves still seemed more like 4th class than 3rd.
No sleep and no acclimatization beforehand made this a much tougher outing than I was anticipating. Mt. Keith will have to wait for another time.
Hiked in from Roads End TH. Tried to make it to Tyndall but after crossing Forester pass decided to bag Junction instead to save some time.
Camped at south end of Diamond Mesa. Great climb. A little cloudy on top.
Last day of the 2005 Sierra Challenge. Beautiful summit with huge exposure on the summit ridge.
Last day of the 2005 Challenge. A bit harder than the Tyndall dayhike, though not as hard as Williamson. Trip Report.
Almost climbed this with the Sierra Challenge crew. I made it as far as the nearly-as-high false summit, 100 ft away.
I suspected that the slopes would be a class 2 slog, w/ the class 3 being the upper portion shared w/ the SW Ridge, and I was right! Since I wimped out on the final 100 ft traverse due to exposure, I'll have to come back, but next time I'll ascend the SW Ridge
Yeah, Miguel, what he said.