Climbed from Tioga pass. Snowy conditions the whole way up. Post-holed up to knee/waist last 500-1000 ft. Should have brought snowshoes.
Additional ascent: 09/19/09
this was my 2nd time up Dana, this time with my girlfriend. Heading to the east side, we stopped at Tioga Pass to make the fun jaunt up Dana. We were early and enjoyed the summit to ourselves, before the gangs hit the trail. Spectacular views of the Sierra and Yosemite. Neat, although fragile, vegetation on the lower section.
Said "goodbye" to Ferdinand at the Tioga Sta. and headed for the top. This was the first peak I ever climbed, really something for a kid from Texas. We me a retired couple also climbing which also was something to me as at the time I didn't think "old" people did that. But it also made me decide that I wasn't going to wait til I retired to start climbing mountains. So I haven't.
Gnarly snowboard descent via the couloir. My buddy lost his edge and nearly bashed his head open on the rocks. It was slushy going in but then got shaded and super icy. Would love to do it again with full sun.
How strange. There was more snow in the high country at the beginning of October than at the end of October. Climbed via the Inyo NF. Cody didn't like my route, so he found his own.
Took my dad up. We had a great time.
Short and easy hike with impressive views of Yosemite and Mono Lake. Mostly snow covered and still chilly even at the end of June.
Very cool climb on the normal route, met a bunch of nice people.
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...