Mount Cotter Climber's Log

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cab - Sep 2, 2014 2:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014

From Gardiner Basin  Sucess!

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.


docrst - Jan 13, 2014 10:44 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2013

Cotter fro Sixty Lakes Basin  Sucess!

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.


haishan - Sep 11, 2013 12:47 pm

Re: Northeast Arete of North Peak

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.


danman3156 - May 2, 2013 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013

SE Face  Sucess!

Ski descent during spring ski tour of the Rae Lakes area. Perfect corn!


LincolnB - Dec 6, 2011 11:17 pm

Rae lakes loop  Sucess!

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.


bc44caesar - Sep 10, 2011 7:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2011

Northeast Arete of North Peak  Sucess!

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!


seano - Jul 19, 2011 1:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011

South ridge  Sucess!

From Gardiner Basin, after dropping off Gardiner. Nice view of the very intimidating north subpeak.


sierratrekkin - Jul 19, 2010 7:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

SW Ridge  Sucess!

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...


murraymcleod - Jan 8, 2010 12:53 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 1967

Climbed via south ridge  Sucess!

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!

Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire - Oct 2, 2009 11:38 am Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2009

2 summits - 2 days  Sucess!

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.


granjero - Sep 8, 2009 6:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2007

North Arete, North Cotter  Sucess!

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!


bechtt - Sep 27, 2008 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2008

South Ridge  Sucess!

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


derbilly - Aug 21, 2007 9:38 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2006

SE face/ridge  Sucess!

Climbed in a light drizzly/flurry. Nice solid talus at the top.

Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Aug 21, 2007 2:36 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

Slog from Gardiner Basin  Sucess!

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...


copeg - Jun 19, 2007 8:16 pm

2004 southwest face  Sucess!

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.

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