With my friend Jonathan...we reached the summit at around 1:45 PM after starting from the car (on the road at the pullout by the lake) around 5:15 AM. I took it slow as I live at sea level in San Diego. Niether of us had any problems though. We climbed with two ice tools on a mix of solid ice and hard snow. We didn't use a rope but each climbed with a screw to place in case we got tired. We didn't need them as the climb was pretty easy. Warmer than we expected on top and no wind..all I ever wore was a fleece...and we lounged around the summit for about 20 minutes before slogging down the slope to the car, which we reached around 3:30 PM to finish out the long day.
Climbed Dana three times
My first Alpine ascent with three friends. The 4th class down climb is way tedious but worth it to get to some sweet climbing!
Done the route in different conditions, liked the ice best (solo)
Awsome climb to my first 13k peak. Views are unbeliveable!!
With Alfred. A great day in the mountains, with massive cold gusts blasting their way uphill, while we toiled in the couloir.
Nice easy climb up in Yosemite high country. Flowers in bloom, blue skies all day.
Went up Dana Couloir without company and was the first up top that day-- certainly beat sharing it with the crowds going up as I went down.
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.