Alternative to doing Gemini with the 2008 Sierra Challenge gang. Attempted to do Gemini but couldn't keep up after all of the climbing on Ruby to Mills the day before. Blew off the scree slope on Royce to have dinner with the wife. Descended via Royce Col down to Honeymoon Lake.
Did both Royce and Merriam from the saddle, Pretty fun and solid class 2 scrambling. Perfect weather, just too many skeeters lower down. All in all a great day
Were going to climb Royce, too, but after Merriam, it didn't look like too much fun.
Climbed from the Merriam/Royce saddle.
Fairly easy class 3
Fun class 2 on solid talus with some class 3 moves.
As part of a day hike of Merriam-Royce-Feather. 11 hour, 21 minute roundtrip from Pine Creek trailhead.
Solo from Pine Crk. 6.5 hours. Ridge Traverse to Royce, then Feather. The next day, continuing on (dropping down) to Hilgard and then Julius Ceasar. Great day.
Scrambled up from the Royce saddle on Day 2 of the 2005 Sierra Challenge.
Day 2 of the 2005 Sierra Challenge. Fun scramble. Climbing on the face reminded me a lot of Middle Pal.
Climbed this with Bob Burds Sierra Challenge posse. A fun scramble on fairly solid rock - definitely much better than the NW Ridge!
Part of the same group as the three entries below. The ascent was really fine scrambling. Tagged Royce as well. Trip Report
Same climb and comments as GlennG. Royce was right there! Argh!
Day 2 of the Sierra Challenge. Really enjoyed the class 3 scramble up the chute. Wanted badly to hit Royce peak from the saddle separating the two, but rain chased us down.
Climbed this as part of the group involved in the 2005 Sierra Challenge organized by Bob Burd. Came up via Royce Pass and the Royce Merriam saddle. Great views and a fun climb. Started to rain lightly as I was descending but let up by the time I got back down to Pine Lake.
A beautiful, remote peak. Somewhat loose down low. OK climbing
Up and back from Royce Lakes
The first stop on a Merriam/Royce/Julius Caesar dayhike out of the Pine Creek TH. I didn't look at my map/compass too carefully and climbed what turned out to be the Northeast Face rather than the East Face as I'd intended. Fun scramble, a bit on the spicy side in places, scary in one or two others when I got cavalier with my route-finding. It took a bit of searching to find a reasonable exit to the summit ridge at the headwall at the top.
What started out as an ill-fated off route start may have been very well on, unfrequently climbed, route. Great pitches up higher with adventourous 1st-3rd pitches.
I climbed this from Meriam Lake via the Southwest Ridge, which is a fun class 3 route! Great views to the south of Glacier Divide and the Humphreys area.
Meriam Lake is beautiful.
It was a great way to celebrate my birthday!