Completely lost my sense of direction within the 60 Lakes Basin but I believe we were on the East Ridge. We climbed a ridge that led to a false summit, then descended underneath the false summit along easy scree slopes. A couple of very exciting (but avoidable) moves between the false and true summit, including stepping around a knife-edge on a small ledge. Yikes!
A nice 2nd class cruise from Gardiner Lake with a couple 3rd class moves right at the top. Epic views of Gardiner and Clarence King from the top. Super cool area!
Easy slog up from Gardiner Basin. Fun exposure on the South summit block!
Climbed this on the morning of Day 2 of our Labor Day backpack trip after Gardiner on Day 1. The climb up from Gardiner Basin was straightforward. Continued on to climb Clarence King later in the day.
Backpacked into the lonely Sixty Lakes basin and then climbed the Southeast slope to the ridgeline. The final scramble was challenging and a bit airy on the last 30 feet of the exposed southeast corner of the summit block.
Hey bc44caesar: thanks for the excellent beta. I may not have been willing to commit to that downclimb if I hadn't read this beforehand. I've just put up a dedicated route page for this classic.
Ski descent during spring ski tour of the Rae Lakes area. Perfect corn!
Can't remember the date but did this on a solo backpack -- Rae lakes loop. Took the southwest ridge, one scary move at the summit.
Climbed from camp in Sixty Lakes Basin. Followed ledges on the north side of the ridge until the prominent notch, then scrambled along the crest of the ridge (4th) until it steepens into the arete proper. Sustained steepness going up the right side of the arete (4th/low 5th) to the summit. Downclimbed from the north summit - first ten feet were 5.5 or so and very exposed (crux of the route), then surprisingly easy yet still exposed 4th class to the notch. Maybe 5.3 or so from there to the true summit. I'd say the whole thing is III 5.5 and one of the best solos in the Sierra!
From Gardiner Basin, after dropping off Gardiner. Nice view of the very intimidating north subpeak.
Climbed Mount Cotter from Onion Valley on a five day trip into the Sixty Lakes Basin/Rae Lakes area. Storms and lightning right when I summitted, made for a hasty decent...
Climbed with Tim Stafford from Sixty Lakes Basin while doing the southern half of the JMT. We were just kids (17 yrs old) beginning to appreciate the Sierra... I remember that I got dehydrated and real sick the night after, and had a tough time getting out over Glen Pass the next day...ah memories!
Climbed the regular south summit on the 24th, as part of the Kings Spur traverse. The next day, returned with my friend Doug to climb the NE Arete on the North Summit. A spectacular climb (and downclimb!), that we'd rate II, 5.6. Route page coming up on that one.
Very nice climb, spectacular exposure! Just the hike in is worth the time. Check out the pic in Moynier and then go do this! Improbable descent, but leave your gangsta-wear in the bag, no rappin required!
Long day hike out of Onion Valley. First to Mt Gardiner via the SE Ridge, dropping into the Gardiner Basin, and then climbing Cotter's South Ridge. Pictures and trip report
Climbed in a light drizzly/flurry. Nice solid talus at the top.
Climbed this after Gardiner on a long dayhike out of Cedar Grove. This was mostly a talus slog, with a surprisingly cool summit block (trickier scrambling than Gardiner). Had a very late start that day, and had to hustle a bit to make it back down to the trail before dark. Looong hike back out via headlamp...
Climbed from largest lake in Gardiner Basin in 2004. Relatively steep and loose ascent below, with large and solid talus near the summit. Awesome views south.