Very pleasant day climb from South Lake. Great views.
Scrambled up from Bishop Pass in order to investigate NW Ridge of Winchell. Didn't like what I saw which prompted to climb West Ridge of Winchell instead the following day. I am glad that I changed my mind :)
Warmup for sierra challenge. Got a late start but made good time. I went up a more southerly chute looking for better rock. I found some slightly more interesting bits but not enough. But the petite summit and the awesome views made it worth all the talus hopping!
Summited with Jim. Spectacular summit views. Dry year for the Sierra.
Via talus on the west slope from the pass. Descent via large chute on soutwest.
Climbed with EJ from Bishop Pass. Going directly from sea level to camping at 11,200 (Bishop Lake) feet just about killed me! I was ok on the asecnt of the peak though. Very fun day, if a little hot. The views of the Palasades are fantastic. The mosquitos at the lower elevation were horrible.
some rotten snow to cross to get to Bishop Pass, then fun talus and ledge scrambling up to the peak. There were three of us people and one dog; the humans stayed away from the snow, the dog jumped right into it. We ascended to the right of the "standard" chute, which made for a more pleasant way up - we came down following the use trail and cairns. A great early season shape up hike.
Skied in to Bishop Pass, then chucked the skis for light hiking boots and walked the rest of the way. I seriously considered hauling the skis up another 1,200 feet so I could ski the north chute down, but in the end was too lazy. The snow sucked. It was a warm day, no wind--it felt like summer. The snow was bottomless in places. Some times it was unavoidable, and progress would become painfully slow. On the way down I descended the north chute and got a nasty surprise. The top is about 40 degrees, and it turned out that there was a layer of very hard ice underneath the soggy leavings of the storm earlier in the week. Kind of scary. In my infinite wisdom I had left the crampons at the pass, thinking that my only problem would be postholing! Some very careful downclimbing, and two uncontrolled sliding sessions ensued. Finally made it back to the pass, but due to my late start I only caught the top run from the pass wihle it was still in the sun. The rest was evil breakable crust. But, I made the summit, and that was spectacular. Overall good day despite teh sketchy ice and crusty slopes on the way down.
From the pass up the talus slog.
Some others were already there.
Talus slog, but the views made it worth it!
Talus scramble from Bishop Pass. Great views of the Palisade Group. Previous group up the same route brought a large dog with them that had as much fun scrambling as we did.
Great view of Palisades.
It's a long slog but the view is worth it. Climbed with my girlfriend in 12hrs roundtrip (we are obviously not hardcore mountain climbers). Coming from San Diego the day before, the altitude gain was quite rough. Photos and Trip Report
Climbed with Ryan. Great view south -- Middle Pal, which we climbed the day after, is just peeking through between Mt Sill and North Pal. Pictures
4th day of the Sierra Challenge. I was looking for an easier day than the challenge peak. It was a bit of a talus slog from the pass, but had great views.
Vlad and I had come to the Palisades last weekend to do a traverse from Thunderbolt Peak via the North Couloir to Mt Sill. As we had made our approach to camp the day prior extra fast, we decided to quickly climb Agassiz via the NE Face (II, 5.2).
Long story short, we got off route, climbed really dangerous loose rock (I dislodged a desk-sized one by hand-jamming it) and ended up on the summit at midnight, with recently refrozen snow making our descent to the east notch difficult without crampons. After a night of downclimbing around the snow and cliffs, we made it back to camp at 6am. All in all, we had been on the move for 20 hrs since leaving the trailhead!
The route had some stout 5.8 cracks, one overhanging, one offwidth, and one requiring a strong layback.
Class 2 route still snowfilled, so climbed the rocks to the right of it for a mostly class 3 ascent. It was a long 12 1/2 day from the trailhead at South Lake.
Climbed the leftmost chute with three others, mostly in snow. Pass was still completely buried. Conditions were excellent, weather was perfect. Wished we had crampons with us though. Had the mountain - and the whole Bishop Lake area - to ourselves.
From Bishop Pass. Awesome views the whole way up.
Climbed it solo and had the peak to myself.
It was a good day