Many places to dead end and get lost but many ways out of trouble. Seemingly more towers than the guide books point out, most of which require some serious down-climbing to get back on route. Spectacular setting. Spectacular day.
Well worth the lousy, loose descent and the long hike out.
2.5 hours to summit from camp near lakes at base of chute.
almost 1 inch of snow on ground. see http://home.pacbell.net/harryla/harrypage/mountains.htm#LonePinePeak
This is one hard devious route, but clean rock and a wild setting. Climbed this ( might have been the 10th ascent according to those who know ) with Tim Winiarski and Gary Hinton. A total epic including running out of water and an unwanted almost rescue due to people in the Owen Valley seeing our headlamps! I have a topo if anyone is interested - email me at email@example.com
This is the first big wall I ever climbed ( with Gary Hinton ) and highly recomended. No aid except a tension traverse, but lots of fun and interesting climbing! A Fred Beckey masterpiece! I have a little topo book available - email me for it at firstname.lastname@example.org
In general, this is a great climb and highly recommended to gain experience with planned bivi's, route finding and lots of scenic and exposed 4th class climbing.
As with all long routes, route finding proves to be one of the most important considerations. This route is no exception. Be sure not to miss the short down climb which leads to the 5th class pitch. Otherwise you will spend a little extra time rappelling down off the ridge and into the main chute higher up on the route than really necessary. Once you climb up and over the gap, careful attention is needed on some of the sandy ledges described as class three due to fall potential. After the traverse, it's a relatively easy and fun straight scramble to the top.
The North Ridge can either be climbed in one very long day, or two shorter days. Climbed with N. Clyma who did his usual great job of leading and climbing.