Easy class 1/2 slopes from the south. No anxiety. Enjoyable with great views.
Gaining the Sierra Crest from the East side can be tricky outside of the major passes, and the hikers pass from George Creek was steep sand and tallus. Summited and as usual in the Sierras great views. Tried to follow Leigh Ortenburger's Class 2 route to Williamson, but George Creek has low visibility and finding the right drainage was an issue. Barnard was my consolation prize. Back to the car at first light.
Did an overnight trip up George Creek camping just below 9,000'. Climbed Barnard and Trojan the next day, then hiked all the way back out.
Enjoyable class 1 walk up from upper Wallace Lake basin. 4th and last peak on this memorable outing. Good weather throughout, no elec. storms or drenchings. GPS read over 14,000 on summit. (14,002-14,012).
A lovely walk from our basecamp in the middle of Wright Lakes basin.
5h15 from Whitney Portal via Cleaver Col. Long day... Trip report
Continued on to Trojan-had a really bad case of altitude related sickness on the way up, which thankfully passed.
did it with Trojan via George Creek
My main goal on this climb was to escape some very persistant and vicious mosquitos along Wallace Creek. (I'd lost my repellent a couple of days earlier.) The climb was easy, fun and relaxing. Descended along the slope just north of ridge. I discovered a ram's horn and an electronic box with the words, "US Army Radio Corps" inscribed on the plastic cover. Below that was the word, "Radiosond". Inside were some circuits and wires. Someone told me this was likely a transponder from a weather balloon. I left it where I found it.
Great 4 day solo trip covering Will, Barnard, Trojan, and Tyndall. Camped in Williamson Bowl all three nights to avoid strong wind at the pass. Dropped down on the east side of the ridge to get from Trojan to Barnard. A nice couple who took the ridge over convinced me to stay on top on the way back. The ridge was enjoyable and glad I took the advice.
Glad to tick this one off. Terrible headache and nausea on the plateau--the short outing to Thor Peak the day before evidently wasn't really enough to acclimatize.
The views from Barnard were probably pretty nice, but I was mostly just happy at that point to have reached the summit and not be heading uphill anymore. :-)
Gordon and I trudged up George Creek to summit this great peak. Views were awesome, weather was spectacular, and Gordon could almost reach 14K' with his fingertips. Alas, we were too beaten up to venture over to Trojan so George Creek is in the cards for the future. Pictures
fairly forgettable climb but the basin below was nice. Did it as a quick dayhike while backpacking along the John Muir Trail. The register was fascinating reading dating back to the 1930s.
I convinced my wife to join me on this one. This was the third peak that I hit during our Trans-Sierra trip. We were disapointed to find that the summit register was missing and there wasn't even a cairn. I hear that Barnard was one of few peaks that, until recently, had the origional register. Great views of the Whitney region and the Kaweah Peaks.
Four of us Patty, Harry, Susan and Dave descended from Trojan PK and then climbed the NE slope with just about no snow. Then hiked on sand, glissaded and snowshoed back to camp in George Creek. Full day but great way to start the 2006 Sierra Season!
With David, Patty and Susan from Trojan Peak and camp along George Creek. See pictures at http://community.webshots.com/user/langenbacher
Great route, I climbed this route with Pat Brennen. It was my first time up George Creek, Pats fourth, what an approach. Shades of Williamson Creek. We summitted the pillar but didn't get the actual summit of Mt Barnard
Spnt night on top. Watched rocket take off from Vandenberg AFB, firing all 3 stages and in the AM was buzzed by a jet about 100' off the top while having coffee..
Bailed from P5. Stymied by heavy packs, would recommend ditching the snow/ice gear at the base and rapping the route. We lost a rope, too.