for a summit of the Matterhorn Peak as one of my partners showed up way out-of-shape for a five day trip to the Palisades. Wish the East Couloir would have been in shape, but the SE ridge ascent-SE face descent treated me just fine. Great approach that has a little bit of everything.
After climbing the Doodad, traversed to the West Face of Matterhorn Peak for the bonus peak with Glenn and Michael. A very enjoyable day. Trip Report
Day 1, 2007 Sierra Challenge "Bonus Peak". Climbed the West Face with Bob and Glenn after descending from the Doodad. Fun class 3 climb.
Dayhiked from Horse Creek Pass. (this time successfully)
Third peak of the day; all part of the 2007 Sierra Challenge. Rick Kent and I came from Twin Lakes to The Doodad (via the Polemonium Col), over to The Dragtooth and ascended via the NW Face (3rd/4th class) of the Matterhorn. Descended the SE slope to Horse Creek for the return leg back to Twin Lakes. Beautiful day!
Climbed w/ fellow dharma bum, Nico L. Great peak, great day, and beautiful camp at the base of the Sawtooths.
Climbed Whorl and Matterhorn with a great group of guys from the Sierra Challenge. See Trip Report
Ascent by the west couloir, still snowy at its top, and descent by the east couloir, totally dry. Beautiful mountain, I've to come back here with my hiking skis...
second time up horse creek to matterhorn peak. this time we camped just over the pass in the spiller creek drainage and my wife and i climbed matterhorn the next day. great time.
we saw your car mike! sux.
Climbed with my girlfriend from Twin Lakes. Found a superb campsite near a little lake along Horse Creek. Left our site at about 7 am hit the summit by 11 am, were back to the Mono Village parking lot by about 4 to find a bear ripped the door off our car! Bummer!
Ascended with Mike H. as a day trip and scout out for a potential visit to the North Arete. Guide books are right, we'll do that as a two-dayer if we pull the trigger on it! Great weather, superb views down to Lyell and up to Sonora Pass area.
We (+Kris) climbed something on North Arete and I really enjoyed it but it was harder than 5.5/5.6, more like 5.7/5.8. Great time!
Headed up the mostly snow-free and very loose east couloir from Twin Lakes. The climbing was good and so was the day. I didn't want to get off the summit everything was so beautiful and perfect, but eventually I descended via horse creek pass.
Great intro to the Sierra!
Inspiration is found
In soft snow and towering rock spires,
In fleeting shadows of clouds,
Not in the ramblings
Of some mediocre writer.
Awesome splitboarding trip. Even some wind-packed powder up at the top of Ski Dreams! I think I'm in love with these here Sierras.
Last pitch of Double Dihedral is one of the best pitches ever. Dihedral curves, pinches off, step to a white face with a 5.8 vertical crack system up to the tip of the pyramid....awesome.
Had planned on 4 days - nice easy trip. Made it up from Twin Lakes in an easy day. Set up camp by the small lake. Summited the next day. No issues. Did the North Arete. A bit hard to find the start. Kicked back in camp on Day 3 and hiked a bit. Decided to hike out that afternoon.
Adam and I postholed up to 8.4k (snowshoes in the car) for a winter attempt on the N. Arete. Twin Lakes was pretty dry but a recent storm had left a couple of feet of unconsolidated snow higher up. Ditched the rack and rope at camp and postholed another 4k feet the next morning, leaving the tent at 3am, on the summit by 10. Climbed the E. Couloir and ridge, soloing some 5th class rock to keep things interesting. Couldn't find summit register under the snow. Beautiful weather.
Didn't make the summit. I missed the trail hiking in from twin lakes and rambled through forest some boggy meadows and then took the wrong chute up toward Horse Creek pass. The snow was 2-3 feet deep and way too soft in the drifts at 9000 feet and the chute I picked was a very very bad choice. Oh well... it was a beautiful day and beautiful set of mountains.