Crazy day playing hooky from work. Biked from 120 to Sawmill, hiked to snowline, skied up east ridge, climbed over summit and downclimbed the north ridge, traversed back over the summit to the Y-Couloir, skied the Y and glacier, then exited via Greenstone and Saddlebag. Trip report here.
Still one of my all-time favorite ascents. Loved the exposure, loved the rock, loved the direct ascent, love my partner. It was an amazing (although incredibly long) day. We started from Young Lakes and returned to Tuolumne for a 20 hr RT (no need for others to go this slowly!).
Day 1 of the 2004 Sierra Challenge. Traversed over from North Peak. Rappelled the 2nd tower and soloed the rest. Great climb.
One of my first more serious dayhikes in the Sierra.
early start from saddlebag.. killer weather..
soloed all but rap from tower.. great time...
climbed with dave...
started early from sawmill campground.. was able to
solo this one.. beautiful conditions.. wish we had
left the gear at camp! climbed with steve...
glacier and y gully, east ridge, se slopes.
Beautiful day in a gorgeous area. The east ridge route is very nice if you stay close to the ridge crest with great views.
A great hike in a spectacular area. We had to cross a snowfield in tennis shoes just before we reached pass 11,400. My partner stopped on the slope just above the pass and I continued on, solo.
Got off to a late start, but made it to the top by 1pm. Beautiful day, spectacular hike.
My birthday climb, solo, got snowed on while on the summit, then chased off by the sound of crackling electricity; fun route, I must do it again under better conditions.
Summited with Andre sans ice axe and crampons. Gained the base of the couloir via suncups then climbed the rock on the climber's right. A lot of loose rock and holds had to be tested. A couple of class 4 moves 100 feet from the top of the couloir. After exiting the couloir easy class 2-3 scramble via east ridge on good rock to the summit.
After quickly changing plans from the West Ridge to the less committing North ridge, Bob Pickering and I solo'd the route just ahead of rain and thunderstorms. We had the route to ourselves. The downclimb from the 2nd tower was much easier than anticipated (5.4?). Awesome climb!
Climbed with Matt Eastman. Altitude got to me and I bonked towards the top. Long day, benighted on the decent. Great climb.
Climbed with Derek Bomholt. Beautiful weather. A bunch of snow on the approach up from Sawmill Campground on the shoulder of Conness. Had a little trouble finding the start, but real straightforward after that. What a great route. Stayed right on the edge/ ridge the whole way. Nicely exposed and fun climbing. Made it back to the car by dark.
33 Miles, 6 days, five peaks. Left from Young lades and move to out at Saddlebag lake / HWY 120.
Free solo, through daytrip from 120 (Saddlebag Lake Road was closed) to Tuolumne Meadows.
Climbed with Mark Danner. A nice hike/climb, but a long day! Kay Redmond from Atlanta (RIP) was along too, but flaked-out below the summit...
Welson Wilkom and me summited - only gear was a backup pair of shoes... spicy, airy, and fun!
Climbed this long before I was in summit post. Just remember it was a long day. Started around 6:00am. I fell and smashed two fingers on the way up so crack jamming was difficult. Got back to the car around 10:00pm. Was a great hike and climb.