Led two pitches to the crest, and simul-climbed to the North Summit at about the same speed as some of the other soloists. The 5.7 knob/crack pitch was a bit much with a heavy pack on so I had to ditch it at the notch to finish the pitch - stout!
Came back with Matthew Holliman. I led two pitches to the crest, then we soloed from there to the notch between the two summits. I tagged the south summit, and then led the 5.7 finger crack / knob pitch to the north summit (strenuous pitch for me). Beautiful day in Tuolumne !
Rapped off the north summit and then back down the notch -- some day I'll have to come back for the rest of the crest to the north !
Also attempted in July 2009 with Matthew, but we skipped the summits.
Full traverse solo w/ Die Zauberflöte on the mp3 player. Shivered at the base of the route for an hour waiting for the snow flurries to pass. Frigid winds finally subsided around the first summit, thankfully. Still among my favorite climbs.
Wow, craziness, went north to a notch little before bailing, good thing too, got pretty dark on the way back.
climbed with apachedino
Mary and I did the traverse, starting from a camp at Echo Lake. Although this climb is reasonable to do in a day, the camping by the lake is absolutely stunning and made for a very relaxed day. It took us about an hour to get to the start of the route and then 3 hours on the route. We saw a really nice marmot on the way down and were back in camp by the time the wind picked up. Fun day in a beautiful area.
Another awesome day out on the crest. I love this climb. Finished up the North Summit with a 5.9 variation followed by what I thought was a very difficult direct climb straight to the slings. Very intense!
The most scenic alpine meadow ever on the approach, perhaps assisted by sunsets through stormclouds--and a cool Sierra Wave. Great climb.
Traversed S-N to N tower... T-storms in the distance, will have to come back for N end of the traverse. Opinion: if starting at south end, Cathedral Pass is a more efficient approach.
This was an incredible climb. Super fun, super long, super exposed. Simuled w/ Tim Triche, 11 hours car to car, 5 hours on route. Did entire South-to-North traverse.
After 2 warm days in the Valley, a calm day in the Meadows was ideal. I soloed the full crest (S-N) with Peter. Beyond the north summit the terrain was more sustained but still no harder than 5.7 though more exposed (it didn't seem possible). Some fins were very thin and some holds sounded hollow so caution is advised compared to the well-trodden southern half. The 'granite cornice' (aka the wave pitch) is a unique and unbelievable formation. The whole effort is worthwhile just to see this piece of rock which most people skip.
We ran into Bighornmonkey and Shirley on the summit. Overall it made for a great day.
A great climb, car to car. Beautiful rock in beautiful setting.
Having wanted to do the S-N Matthes Crest traverse for so long and having spent way too many hours drooling over pictures and dreaming about the big exposure I finally took the plunge and the adventure lived up to the expectations. Go do this route now! The exhiliration and the setting is outrageous. A full rush that should keep you boosted for a solid 36 hours. If not then you should throw yourself under a train.
Climbed with Steve Larson. Probably one of the most scenic climbs I've done. Pretty easy scramble, but very exposed with incredible views of the Yosemite high country. We climbed a little ways past the North Summit, but didn't quite finish the whole traverse. Got to come back for the Wave!
Did the traverse from south to north with Peter Doucette. Rapped after the south summit. Windy but spectacularly clear.
Climbed South to North with JM, rapping from the North Summit. Beautiful day and awesome exposure made for a great day!
Climbed with my bro "dervin" on our Memorial Day weekend mountaineering get away. What a sweet, sharp ridge. Nothing like a little exposure to get the adrenalin flowing. This has to rate as one of my all time favorites.
Made it to the south summit in good time, ropeless all the way with Kris. Then we took the wrong way to the north summit. Oof! It was a lot harder than 5.6 or whatever it's supposed to be. Made it down the north side, then across the ridge for a while before we decided to call it a day. Two raps, a little downclimbing, and we were running for the car. Then a loooong drive all the way back to LA. Ugh.
This was day two of our memorial day festivities. First I had to run to mammoth the night before, cause I forgot a belay device, and then on the way to the climb we got stuck on hard snow with out an axe. A toenail is a small price to pay for a beautiful climb like this. Cheers.
Climbed (traversed?) the crest with my nephew (Marty) on a beautiful Memorial Day 2007. Amazingly, we didn't see anyone else on or near the crest all day. CTC in about 11 hours