I was told the day we did it was the anniversary of John Muir looking up to Dana from below and refering to the area is the "Range of Light." Although we made good time it really felt like I was going in slow motion all the way up. It made my birthday the best I have had in a very long time.
Nice, if steep, hike to the top. Best part was approaching the top and meeting a family on way down: Me: "How far to the top?" Them: "You're close." Me: "Define 'close'." Them: "One minute." Me: Right answer!" Great views of Mono Lake and eastern half of Yosemite NP.
Amber and I were first up that day as far as we could tell. People started to filter on the the summit about 20 min after us. Almost everyone was Bay Area so we joked it was the new lunch hangout. Awesome view! Our first Sierra Peak!
Very cool. Did Boundary Peak in the early morning and headed off to do Mt. Dana in the evening. About reached my limit physically but the absolutely gorgeous view from the top of Dana made all the pain
worth it. This is definitely a must for Yosemite lovers.
With Dad, below.
Nice day, easy hike on our way back to the Bay Area from Mammoth Lakes. Short Trip Report
My first ice climb, and it was a blast! Sad to see the snow melting out so quickly though...
climbed with fbagni; conditions were more or less ice, but the entire couloir is melting out and I predict it will be gone in <10 years. We did it in 5+ pitches in ~3 hrs and afterward pulled ourselves up to the summit. A good day out, but had on the body when you are out of shape.
First ascent of the North Rib
Quick hike up from the kiosk. Great early season conditioning hike with nary a soul in sight. Beautiful day with unbelievable views. Can't beat summer in the Sierra. Hopefully the first of many more this summer.
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.