Stayed overnite at Treasure Lakes, good snow, fun climb. Was also expecting a bit more exposure on the knife edge ridge. Overall great climb, beautiful day with great sierra views!!
climbed again with SPers oldmanmike, ChuckO, and Chuck's buddy Ken. Part way up the couloir, the three headed for the sandy ledges; I continued with my tools to the top of the couloir passing over some formed water ice and then up the rocky chimney. took my crampons off on a very small 1ft by 1ft ledge (should have kept them on and climbed the rock with them). remet the boys and summited with Ken. good climb
Great climb. Wonderful leasurely summit rest due to terrific "Indian Summer" weather. Most excellent partners - thanks Mike, Kurt, & Ken!!
4 hrs solo from Mosquito Flats. Great climb, except for the loose crap right above the glacier and before hitting the summit ridge. The airy bridge wasn't quite a knife-edge, only exposed on the right side - i felt cheated! hey, I paid for my exposure on *both* sides! : ]
From Mosquito Flat. Soft snow from Mills Lake, nice glissade back down. We took care exiting the snow onto the sandy stuff, but the ridge went well. Straight-forward short class three. We downclimbed (as the guides say) to bypass the narrow ridge, just walked over the top of it on the way back. Fun!
Soloed. Enjoyed the ridge traverse. Summit warm with spectacular vistas of the Sierras still heavily clad with snow. The descent was a suncup snow slog all the way to Ruby lake.
Looks like we were the first people up this year. This is a beautiful summit, and we could see for hundreds of miles. Cheers.
We came from our camp at Mills Lake. Conditions were nice on the hard packed snow and then I remember hopping onto the rock section of the route. The next day, we went back to do Petit Grifon.
Climbed with Rick Stubblefield after climbing up from Mono Creek via the recesses. Don't remember much else, except that it wasn't as hard as it looked from the bottom!
mid winter ascent. snow cave camp at base.
Day hiked from Mosquito Flat TH - Fun Climb. Really loose rock exiting the couloir, but it got better and better the higher we climbed. I thought the ridge was a blast.
This was a long time ago! But I remember the route from Gabbott Pass being easier than it loooked from the bottom. Climbed with Rick Stubblefield.
Great views, climbed with MORT
Not sure where the class 3 is; this all seemed class 2 to me. There was some crappy rock exiting from the snow, but the rest of the route really wasn't too loose, at least in comparison to Mills from a few days previously. Guess it helps to climb Mills to recalibrate one's expectations for Sierra routes. :-)
A great climb with Sam Mills and Samantha O. Thanks for breaking trail up that nasty soft stuff Sam! The exposed ridge climb was great fun.
A great outting with SummitPoster's Martin (mrolph) and Samantha (Samantha3). We hiked in from the locked gate at the Rock Creek Pack Station and summited on Saturday. We spent the night at high camp, and hiked out Sunday morning.
We have just retiurned from the trip to Mount Abbot in Rock Creek. The gate is still closed at the pack station, so it adsanother 1.5 miles one way before you reach the Mosquitoe Flat trailhead. Hiked up the Mono Pass to Ruby Lake (still frozen) and camped the small lake higher than MIlls Lake. Summited in 3:30 hrs from the base camp. The snow was well consolidated and there ws postholing at all. The snowline 10800-11000 ft.
Fun climb, can be done as long day trip from Mosquito Flat. As I remember, it was about 3 pitches with the last pitch (the hardest) being 5.5 - 5.7
Climbed straight up chute. Loose and not recommended!
Miguel Carmona and I climbed this interesting summit from our camp at Dade Lake. The approach couloir is 35-40 degree steep and in late season requires ice axe and crampons. There are really two spires at the col. We climbed the higher, western summit. From the col, climb up and around (steep 4th) to the SW side of the western summit. From the notch between the two summits, climb steep 5.7 edge to the summit. In 1996, the only note on the western summit, was in old film canister. It said that in 1964, Dave McDonald and David Harvey climbed the route. We descended to the Abbot/Petit Griffon Col, scrambled up to the summit of Abbot and went down the NE Couloir which is an ugly pile of dirt and rocks when not covered with snow. This would be a great day outing for anyone wanting to climb a nice, airy, technical climb in the area. Recommended.