Pretty straight forward hike but the altitude beat me down a bit. Calm on the summit but pretty windy and cold on the approach. Super clear day. Views were outstanding.
Summitted roundtrip in 5 hours. Windy on the way to summit, but calm on top.
Excellent views from the summit especially of Mono Lake. Continued on to peak 12565 and Mt Gibbs and looped back to the Mono Pass trailhead.
Cold and windy with about two dozen snowflakes. The clouds only enhanced the views. The light over Mono Lake was awe inspiring. Mono Lake was one of Mom's favorite places. Although she left us on 8/18/2005, I was warmed by her company.
need to do it again. twenty years ago was when I first climbed it.
Climbed solo. The couloir was mostly firm snow with a couple of hundred feet of ice, which could be easily bypassed to the right. I stayed off the ice and climbed the snow. Enjoyed the beautiful weather and the solitude very much!
Climbed in varied conditions on a beautiful day, with my partners and his friend (a very experienced mountain guide). It was not full-ice, making the climbing interesting however protection on the couloir difficult. We used right side rock for added protection to complement ice screws and had to use many types of belay especially the higher we went. It was my first ice climb, I Iearnt sooo much and it was a really enjoyable climb despite me having altitude sickness (came from sea level the night before).
Climbed with Vendulka - only about 300 ft of ice, remainder neve that made for really enjoyable climb.
Nice hike. Beautiful flowers on the lower slopes.
The meadows full of wildflowers at the lower elevations were beautiful on this clear morning. Made the summit after 1hr and 25 minutes, spent 15 minutes enjoying the amazing views in all directions from the top, and took 1hr and 10 minutes to get down the steep trail. A very pleasant experience for my first thirteener and first ascent of a peak on the crest of the sierra in its more dramatic central and southern realms. Looking forward to bigger and higher challenges to the south.
Good conditions in the couloir. Passed the bergschrund on the left without much fuss. Set pickets a couple times at rest stops, but as long as we were climbing, we had good self-belay. We used 2 tools for the experience, but it could have been climbed with a single alpine axe and good french technique.
See also the description from rhyang who climbed 2 days later. The only surprise was the trudge through the slush on the ridge above the couloir (not exactly a triumphant finish to the route).
Definitely would recommend this as a nice introduction to alpine ice. Would be good prep for someone interested in a future Cascade glacier trip.
On July 30, 2005 My best friend Bret and I summited Mount Dana in 4 1/2 hours and it was my first ever high elevation hike. The scenerey was absolutley breath taking. This was a hike I will never forget and am looking forward to Mt Whitney at the end of August.
Thanks to Bret for Inviting me to go up with him.
Climbed the Dana Couloir, Summitted, then skied the couloir. Snow still goes to summit.
My first sierra route. I thought this was a really long approach. Ha! Great climbing and views.
Still lots of snow in Yosemite! A very accessible 13'er from Tioga Pass, though not a huge fan of the trail. Had a cheese burger at Tioga Pass Resort down the road from the gate... awesome!
Route Climbed: Dana Couloir Date Climbed: 7/10/2004 Sucess!
Climbed with balajisv. Bergschrund is just opening, about 10 ft. long. We brought rope and pro but didn't need it as there wasn't any ice exposed in the gully.
Route Climbed: Glacier Canyon/North Face Date Climbed: 7/10/2001 Sucess!
Climbed with Anna on her quest to conquer Dana. We decided to not be a tourist and do a variation starting in Glacier Canyon. We descended the normal route.
Climbed and skied Dana Couloir. Trip Report
Incredible summit views. The skiing down the NE ridge and the couloir was the best backcountry skiing I've ever done. Well, almost the best, but I won't say where that was...
Heavy snow year in 2005 - looks like Dana Couloir will have snow for another few weeks. Approach was extremely long, so much sun cup snow. Got run over by a snowboarder on the couloir and had to use self arrest (for the first time ever). Glad to report it worked!
This is the first peak I ever climbed at the young age of 16. Got me started on a fairly long list of Sierra peaks bagged through the years. Climbed it again in 1977 (I think!) via the glacier/couloir route with newly purchased ice-axes (we sure looked cool hiking the JMT with those!). Climbed both times with Tim Stafford.