Climbed with Kris - started at 5am from Saddlebag Lake, got to col between N. Ridge Conness and North Peak around 8, atop second tower by 9:50, summit around 11:45.
Supertopo mentioned two raps from the second tower - we downclimbed the first 30' 5.5 rap, then Kris downclimbed the second 60' 5.6 rap. I chickened out and used the rope on the second rap instead of downclimbing. Oh well ...
Simul-soloed the remainder of the N. Ridge from there - very fun fourth and low fifth class. It would have sucked to pitch out this section, and probably taken a lot longer.
Brought 8.5mm x 50m half rope and a spartan rock rack, rock shoes, and didn't use any of it (except for the rope). Did entire route in approach shoes.
A bit of snow on the descent via Alpine Lake, but it was soft, suncupped and fairly low angle. Back to cars around 2:40pm.
Beautiful cloudless and pleasant day, with superb views from the top. We put a new notebook in the summit register, since DustysDawg advised us the existing logs were full. There was a section of rope affixed to the second rap station, which we removed and packed out.
Climbed with Rob (rhyang). Beautiful day, perfect weather, fun climb. We brought a rope and some gear, but didn't use it, downclimbing wasn't too bad. The section above the 2nd tower is fun, especially when you're right on the ridge with the sheer East wall below you.
Climbed direct from lake, followed ridge entire time.
Great Views and not too many people.
High quality, moderate difficulty route, climbed with Misha. Approach from Saddlebag Lake side, snow above 10,500 ft. 15.5 hrs roundtrip.
This was my first real Sierra summit and since then I have returned many times. I have climbed this on different occasions with Mark Scrivner, Paul Rasmussen ('99), Fraser Street, Brian Zambrano ('04), and Seth Redmore. The North Ridge is an absolute delight, and I really can't wait to get on the west ridge. NR x3 w/ Marina, 7-26-09; NRx4 w/ the meetup 9-11-10; NRx5 w/ the meetup 9-17-11 (via NW Ridge of North Peak)
Cruised the walk up with my friends from TML.
climbed north ridge with the brother
good day out.
First true Alpine Climb done with a hang over. More snow on hand holds than expected.
fun route, great planned bivy on top
Started around 3pm and got back about 7pm.
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.