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.
A group of friends and I hiked up Dana one night after work to watch the moonrise. We had only been on top for 5 minutes or so when the biggest moon I've ever seen popped out over Mono Lake and the Craters. Up there with the most breathtaking things I've ever seen, for sure. The walk-off was mellow with a headlamp and a little moonlight.
2 feet of new snow made it tiring, but fresh.
Really nice day hike. Mono Lake from the summit was awsome. The register on the summit had some really moving entries in it.
One of my first Sierra summit's. It just seems like yesterday though it has been more than 20 years ago.
"ROCK N ROLL SUMMIT"
Had a day off mid-week and went for it. Huffed and puffed due to sea-level lungs.
This was such a fun little hike, with really awesome views. We even got to glissade a bit on the way down - sometimes it wasn't steep enough though, so we had to take a running start :)
I 've climbed Dana many times. Just a great peak and fantasic views.
5th time climbing this peak. great to use as a morning
workout. killer views
august 2005....third pillar... INCREDIBLE.. thanks tom grundy for the lead....
On September 25th, 2004, Penelope May and I climbed the Dana Couloir from our campsite on the right side (looking up) of the sickle shaped lake just below Dana Lake. The couloir was in perfect conditions with rock hard water ice in the center and good alpine ice on both sides. At the top of the gully we turned left, and traversed the ridge back to Dana Plateau. There we droped down the steep scree slope back to our tent.
Gorgeous views, and if you start early enough you miss the crowds.
Eric J Lee
An easy, direct hike and plenty of beautiful wildflowers on the lower slope.
When I stayed at the Tioga Lodge in the winter I snowshoed most of the peak from the pass and carefully hiked over snow and ice to the summit.
Great Booty today! Did this climb as a prelude to a longer hike into Conness the following day.
I did this as a "cool-down" hike after Connes the previous day. Very nice views from the top - Mono Lake, Conness, Lyell...
Quick morning hike on way back from Whitney region. Nice views down to Mono Lake and into Yosemite high country.
We got stuck behind 2 other teams and froze. Man it was cold!!!!!!!!