Summited North Peak via the NW Ridge and continued along the North Ridge to Conness. Nice exposure and great views! It was great to go light and do it car-to-car in a day. The West Ridge looks awesome...I'm planning to go back to Conness for that one!
The otherwise uninteresting outing finally got semi-interesting at the top. Perhaps we should have done another route, but I wanted White as well.
Fun hike with Glenn Baker. On our way down from Tahoe, we decided to hike this one. It was a perfect day with nice light cloud cover, and heavy mosquitoes. Still, a great hike, the east ridge was very nice.
Fun SPS trip.
Saddlebag Lake TH to Alpine Lake to the summit. my first hike involving routefinding. very fun, especially the exposure crossing over from the summit plateau.
Very fun climb. Group of five of us all unroped. Some downclimbed the 5.6, some rapp'd. All in all a quick and fun climb!
The east ridge is amazing! Recommendation: stay on the actual ridge crest as much as possible for more fun.
Boring route. Smoke from So Cal fires ruined views. Still, better than work!
Solo after climbing NW Ridge of North Peak. Met 3 guys from East side at the beginning of the ridge a we had a nice chat. One of them told me to climb the 1st tower on the right and it was indeed much better than going on the left side. Fun scramble, especially the last section after the 2nd tower.
Came in from Saddle Bag lake and climbed the east ridge enroute to the West Ridge but could not find the correct chute to go down.after getting cliffed out a few times we went back up the east ridge and bagged the summit. we were the only guys climbing the east ridge with a rope and rack gotta go back and do that west ridge!
Very long day. Need to simul climb until after the second rappel. Descent route is hidden behind ridge; easy to go toward White mtn which is the wrong way.
Hiked up to Young Lakes and climbed Conness the next day. Fun hike and surprisingly not too crowded for Labor Day weekend in Yosemite.
Soloed with Michelle and Deron (~ 9.5 hrs car-to-car). Next year: link-up North Peak's NW Ridge --> Conness North Ridge --> Conness West Ridge.
Route Climbed: North Ridge
Date Climbed: September 16, 2006
After a solo of the left couloir of North Peak, I continued on to the north ridge of Conness. On the second rappel from the 2nd tower, my 50m rope got stuck about half way. So, I had to go back up and free the rope caught under a flake. Was dragging ass because it took me 2.5 hrs from the summit of North Peak (10:45am) to the summit of Conness (1:15pm). My heavier mountaineering boots had something to do with it. Back at Saddlebag Lake parking lot at 3:55pm (~ 9.5 hrs roundtrip).
Route Climbed: West Ridge
Date Climbed: September 3, 2006
Climbed the west ridge with awagher. Long day. CTC=14.5 hrs.
Route Climbed: North Ridge
Date Climbed: September 6, 2003
Climbed the North Ridge with fellow SCMA member Steven Sauter. Route-finding was not a problem. We climbed unroped 'til we got to the top of the 2nd tower (just where there is a cordolette cord with 2 rings on it). We rappelled down the 2 pitches (this being the crux of the climb), and then I led all the pitches to the summit. After the 2nd rappel, all the pitches to the summit looked to me as class 4 with maybe a few 5.2 moves. We had good weather (clear & sunny), although it was windy on the ridge most of the time.
Route Climbed: East Ridge from Alpine Lake
Date Climbed: October 20, 2002
A nice fun climb. We were a party of four: mdostby, jimconsid, Will and I. We started walking around 6:35am from the hiker campground on Saddlebag Lake. We hiked cross-country close to the south side of the ridge coming from Saddlebag Lake dam. Took a snack break near Alpine Lake and then went onto scrambling up the East Ridge to the summit plateau. There was a cross cairn up there to mark for your way down. The final push was a short moderately exposed class 3 section. I reached the summit at 10:43am. Will, Jim and Mike followed. We all had lunch at the summit while enjoying the views. We had a fantastic day: sunny, almost windless, and very clear. We could see Half Dome clearly, Mt Lyell, Mt Dana, North Peak, Boundary Peak in Nevada, the Cathedral range among others. All in all, a great day!
Gorgeous day !!! Lots of SP'ers on the summit together today. forjan you are an animal (running to the summit is superhuman). mybackyard and fossana only 4 minutes and 10 minutes behind forjan, you qualify as animals also with your second summit of the day!! wingding it was a pleasure to make your acquaintance along with Dave, Bruce, Alan, and Frank. I guess Mt Conness was violated from all 4 sides today.
Started at 5:30 am from the parking lot at Saddlebag lake with fossana and forjan. Solo'd the North Ridge, had a snack at the summit, then descended to the base of the West Ridge and solo'd again to the summit. Back to the Car in 9.5 hours. Awesome weather, bad ass granite, good company. A good day.
with Vendulka. nice hike
Meant to go the west ridge but botched up the approach we scrambled up some nasty gully on the west side and summited. Now I understand the mountain and will know were to go next time.
Superb scrambling up the east ridge from Saddlebag Lake. Wonderful views and a wonderful day. Down via Alpine Lake. Luckily I started early and it didn't start raining until after I got back and made it down to Lee Vining.
Ascent by the glacier up to the unpassable bergshrund of the central couloir. This bergshrund can be avoided by the loose rocks on the right, then back to the couloir above the bergshrund, with some exposure then up to the ridge.
Climbed with sodapants, from Sawmill Campground. Four hours up, two hours down. From Alpine Lake, we took snow fields below summit plateau to get to the top segment of East Ridge. Deep sun cups and soft snow slowed us down. A photo report is available.