I wanted to do this route as soon as I read Croft's description. In early season, it had snow much later than I expected. Then I broke my foot and had to take 7 weeks off. Last weekend, the weather looked awful, so I found something else to climb (Mt. Goode).
Today, it finally came together. I forgot my maps and route descriptions, so I had to wing it. I made a major screw-up on the approach, but the actual climb went very well: 2:15 from the beginning of the rock climbing to the summit. The upper several hundred feet of the gully looked like mostly loose scree. I followed a rib that looked a little more difficult on slightly better rock and ended up maybe 200 feet to the right of the summit. The variation was class 2 and 3, and I don't regret doing it.
Climbed with thall23, her first 5th class climb. Never roped up. We have another idiot climber with us.
Got off route right, then off route left on the way up and then bitched about Croft's descent information all the way down. Nice climb, though.
Scrambled the route in approach shoes. Easy, fun, and more climbing than I expected. Summit was great. Beautiful views and very still. Descending the ridge was beastly hot, and then I missed the best descent gully. Took about 7.5 hours, round trip.
Fun and varied climb
There’s nothing like the dirtpile rock of our route up Laurel Mtn to make one worship Sierra granite. Washed in the light of the setting sun, beautiful views of Convict Lake and the surrounding peaks helped distract me from my growing concern about sleeping on a tiny ledge (only big enough for one). Happily, D and I finished climbing just before dark. The adventure continued as we still had hours of route finding ahead of us as we hiked down the back side in the dark. An exhausting and fantastic trip.
No snow in the gully. Nice day hike. Climbed it with Brian West.
This was my younger brother's initiation into peak-bagging, and it damn near wiped him out. And he still climbs with me now and then... :)
Incredible climb- in different ways. Started from the trailhead at 9.45 with LJ, with beautiful weather. Got to start of climb in decent time. Beginning went smoothly, but about 1/2way (when one starts encountering the reddish rock), lost track. Soon we were on horrendous 'rock,' climbing at a much slower pace than anticipated. Though off-route, did our last 'pitch (I'd go ahead, attached to the rope but not placing any pro, find a big ledge, & belay)' right as it got dark. Finally topped out on gentle N slopes after 21.00. Summited at 22.07, leaving at 22.22. Horrible descent. Reached car after losing end of trail, at 4.36- another Sierra epic!!!