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
Another spectacular Sierra Peak! Hiking to Agassiz was an unexpected bonus for me. I went to meet some buddies to go fishing and I ended up on the summit of Agassiz. Special thanks to Bob & Phil for the favorable interpretation of the rules of the annual "Octoberfish" event that allowed us to hike during the high holy days of fishing. I did catch 3 fish at Long Lake on the hike out.
From a camp at Saddlerock Lake. A great blue sky day, but fairly cold! Great views!
Solo day hike from south lake, enjoyed the hike, loved the views.
Big slog, Awesome views.
lots of fun
Bonus peak for the 05 Sierra Challenge. From Isosceles Pk, headed over to Agassiz Col and on to the summit.
Hiked in from Soutlake with two friends on our way to Thunderbolt pass. Nice views from the summit.
This was an amazing and beautiful hike. This was my first hike and I am hooked.
Great views up there. I did it car to car with my dog Mason in six hours. Lots of Sky Pilot on the ascent.
Got to do half the climb as a snow climb in one of the chutes ... and other half was a nice boulder scramble. Went up on one of the ribs, which had a few short sections of fun Class 3. Still a ton of snow up in the Sierras.
Lots of talus hopping on the way but a great, airy summit
My first solo summit. A not too difficult climb, fairly obvious route and a spectacular view.
Climbed this long before I was in summit post. Went up a gully full of snow. Incredible views of the palisades.