...of people. I was expecting hordes of mosquitoes from the many lakes along the way from South Lake, but instead there were hordes of people. A party of four was on the mountain ahead of me (only two of whom summitted), then as I was descending, another party of three popped over the ridge. And this was on a weekday!
From South Lake. Bit of a slog but the views from the top are outstanding.
This was on the way and looked just my size. Just 1000 feet above Bishop Pass, nice 2nd class rock with some 3rd class if you want it. Nice views of Thunderbolt and the Palisades.
Wonderful day with Suzi.
Up a class 3 chute and sometimes harder rib on the SW side from lake 11388, then along the S summit ridge to the top. Liked the edge on view of the sheer west side of Winchell, Thunderbolt, and N Pal from part way up on the rib. Snowstorm the next day dropped a foot plus of snow on Bishop Pass.
great day almost no wind up top. first time seeing the palisades for my friend nick and I. caught wild rainbow after we got back from the wild scree fest. broke nicks bubbler up top on accident, good thing we had a joint! hahahahaha awesome four days spent in the bishop pass area.
I came up just short on the West Slope -- about 250 feet below the summit according to the cheap GPS app on my iPhone. I may have been able to make it, but it was already 2:30 pm when I decided to turn around, and at my pace it would have taken me at least an hour just to go those 250 feet. I was also having signs of altitude sickness (thanks to following some excellent advice from Diesel, I didn't have any altitude issues until getting close to 13,000 feet). So, sadly, I think I made the right call.
I don't recommend this peak for novices, as it the scrambling is quite long, and there are route finding issues (I kept running into class 3 and even class 4 sections on the way up, that a more experienced climber probably could have avoided). The hike was just too difficult for me. Nevertheless the day was beautiful and the experience was good for me. I will probably stick to true walk ups for the near future, and not attempt any long scrambles without guides or someone with more experience accompanying me).
Nevertheless, I did achieve a lot of personal firsts on this climb, including:
-- first hike into the High Sierra
-- first attempted climb in the High Sierra
-- first time over 13,500 feet
Classic Sierra campsite at Saddlerock Lake. Headed up what was probably the standard chute - mostly all class 2. Almost bailed because of the loose rock, but it firmed up about halfway up. Hug the edges of the chute and you'll find some small stretches of solid rock. Great weather, amazing views.
Picked a class 3 chute that had some genuine steepness near the top. This was otherwise not the most stimulating hike.
Solo hike from South Lake. I started at 5:00AM. Got to the summit at 10:10AM. Back to car at 2:20PM. The mostly cloudy day made for a enjoyable hike. A few snow flakes hit me on the summit. Makes for a smile to see snow at the end of June. The view from the top was impressive. Actually, so impressive that made me decide to abandon my attempt of hiking Mt Sill a few days later. Luckily for me, that "decision" lasted only a few hours.
Summited Agassiz on a long day hike out of South Lake. Very much enjoyed the views hiking up the Bishop Pass trail. Proceeded up the center chute from the pass and found mostly stable rock, some talus. Beautiful views from the top.
Quickly crested the Bishop Pass area, headed south, passing the standard west slope talus scramble by a bit to the last (southernmost and largest) tarn near the official pass. Headed upslope from the tarn. Faced the center (maybe slightly right of center) of the west face and went up a large chute heading almost due east. The chute consisted of mostly solid class 2 rock (there were some loose rocks sitting around in spots that I avoided knocking down the chute) until a short class 3 section near the top and then crested the south ridge between the summit and the southern crag. Now with views of the east side of the Palisades dominant, I quickly traversed over to a saddle that joins the Agassiz Col route (Sam Mack/Big Pine approach) to the normal west slope summit route, listening to constant, disatant rockfall. After enjoying summit views, I went down on or near the standard west slope route on long, tedious, but fairly stable, class 2 talus.
Standard chute. Three hours up, from the sign at the Pass, two hours back to the Pass. Ammo box has no lid, and the register is totally soaked and unusable; both need replacement.
Great hike for a beginner with little to no experience. Fairly easy scramble up stable talus field.
More fun if you stay to the side of the chutes, where the class 3 talus is more firm. Amazing view of the Palisades.
Up the right chute with Rahil, Peter & Reza. 7hrs r/t from Bishop Lake bivy. High winds & 4" of fresh snow made for a scary night. Spectacular clear morning.
We hiked up from our camp at Saddlerock Lake. Great views at the top.
With nephew Rand. 2,000' of steep talus was a bear, coming and going. At least it was stable, mostly.
Pretty views from the top. With Mike Mellin.