Marty and I couldn't find the Fourth pillar - frustrating looking from top down. We salvaged the day by heading back to the valley for some scary chimneys pitches.
Started from Tioga Pass entrance station in the afternoon. On our way down saw the sunset. This is probably the easiest accessible 13ers to train for altitude.
Mount Dana is the obvious choice to gain some "time in the sky" before attempting Mount Whitney, and what a climb this is, the view from the top is one of the best I have ever seen, looking right accross Yosemite and down onto Mono lake, and even as far as the White Mountains near Bishop. I must make a note to do this one again sometime.
Hiked with Scott (below), Chrissy and May (someone we picked up at the trailhead :). Took a slow pace as it was the first peak I had done since end of July. Nice at 10k but pretty cold on the summit; without gloves it was pretty uncomfortable at times...
We made it in 6 hours CTC. Spent about 45 minutes at the top. Great view.
just to get some altitude in...
The third pillar was an amazing climb, I can not think of anything better.
Belayed the 'shrund pitch and then simulclimbed the rest with TINA TRETINA and along side the Daly's. Last 40 feet at the top of the couloir was melted out and dry (loose rock). Couloir was mostly neve transitioning to ice.
Route Climbed: Solstice Couloir (solo)
Date Climbed: September 17, 2006
Nearly after a 5 year absence to Mt. Dana's summit, I decided to climb the Solstice Couloir (after viewing Rob Yang's beta pictures from the previous weekend). I started from the Tioga Lake parking lot (9,750') at 7:00am. Arrived at the base of the Solstice couloir (11,500') by 9:00am. Heard and saw Kurt Wedberg with 2 clients heading for the Dana couloir. At 9:25am, I started up the couloir solo. Took me 65 minutes to finish it. I climbed all the way to 12,500' before I exited. I didn't have the b*lls to solo the last 15 feet of the couloir (it seemed 75+ degrees....corniced), so I exited to the left on some loose rock. It took me like 20 minutes to climb those last 20 feet of loose rock. Summited at 11:00am. Back to the car at Tioga Lake by 1:00pm (6 hrs roundtrip).
Route Climbed: Dana Couloir
Date Climbed: October 7, 2001
Dana couloir's ice was very hard. Cannot use pickets, only ice screws for anchors. Took Vince and I 4 pitches from the bergschrund to the notch. Dana couloir's bergschrund on south side was 25 ft high or so (on October 7, 2001). Great views of Mono Lake from Dana's summit.
Nice hike late in the day after driving from Medford, Oregon.
The quartet: Deb, Tina, Miguel, and yours truly. Got a late start on the couloir; mostly neve with some ice. The highlight and the crux: the berschund (25 feet of ice, up the left center).....nice lead Miguel! Slog to the summit and a bee-line to Whoa Nelli (where else?). A great day with friends!!
Made the climb from Tioga Pass in beautiful skies and gusty winds with my brother-in-law Dimitri. Descended to the Dana-Gibbs saddle to tag Mount Gibbs. Good warmup climb for our Whitney climb two days later.
A bit of a boring hike - scree and talus field, no snow - but the views got better and better until the top. Saw a marmot and jack rabbit. I agree w/another climber below - I was speechless when I got to the top. I definitely felt the altitude but was feeling good for not having climbed much this year. Hope to be back to Yosemite soon...
A fun scramble up the NW slope. Took my girlfriend for her highest summit thus far. A beautiful day with no wind and great 360-degree views! Plan on returning, hopefully, next Spring/Summer for Dana Couloir.
6/5/10 - Skied the Dana Couloir and Ellery Bowl - another amazing Sierra spring (early summer) ski descent!
Ascentn by Dana couloir alone, completely icy above the bergshrund, descent by the normal route
Climbed with my wife as a warmup for Mt. Shasta at the end of June. Got a late start and had to hurry due to clouds moving in. The views of the surrounding peaks and Mono Lake were definitely the highlight.
Climbed this peak with 4 other buddies via NW route as a day hike in preparation for Half Dome two days later. A little tougher than we expected (me being a flatlander and all). Only a couple of people on the trail throughout the day. The marmots on the summit were very photogenic & active. The views from the top are excellent.
Lots of 'upside' to this peak including great vista photo ops. Unfortunatley my Kodak malfunctioned on half my shots. I guess I'll have to go back-next season.
My brother Jon and I climbed this on our Memorial Day bash in Yosemite. We used this as our acclimitization peak. The coulior was in great condition. We had a blast and great views from the summit. We descended via the walkers route.
Dayhiked NW slope with the GF after slicing a tire on White Mtn. Road canceled plans to hit Telescope Peak. Great views and enjoyable conditions with minimal people for Memorial Day weekend!
Early morning ascent with my dad in preparation for Whitney. The storm from the previous afternoon left a good amount of snow above 12,000' but my father insisted on the summit even in his old worn-out tennis shoes.