This was my first "real" alpine climb. We made good time up the 4th-class N buttress, and then slowed down near the top. Crossing the snow gully was interesting. It was basically ice, and it bent the pick on my new MSR super light aluminum ice axe. Piece 'o crap. That was the last time I bought climbing gear from MSR. Their stoves are alright, though.
After tunneling through the summit overhangs, admiring the fossils on the summit plateau, and doing the summit pinnacle, we headed down. My partners wussed out on rapping the standard descent to the Darwin Glacier because there was some ice in the gully. So they insisted we walk down into Evolution Basin and then back up Darwin Canyon. Needless to say, we weren't back in camp that night. Froze my butt of. But oh, well. Live and learn. It was a great adventure nonetheless!
This route reminds me why I love climbing mountains. Clean rock, fun route finding and great views!!! Thanks for a great trip Dave K!
This was a very enjoyable climb. There is some fine class 3-4 scrambling, especially in the lower section and along the arete below the top (although like most Sierra chutes, the gullies had some loose rocks). The weather was absolutely perfect. Kudos to my climbing partner Samantha for her safe climbing, great companionship, and perfect route finding.
Hiked to Evolution Basin from McClure Meadows in Evolution Valley and started up the West Face. Ended up picking the wrong gullies and ended up part way between Darwin and Mendel. After a long traverse over ribs and gullies finally made it to the summit plateau and did a few easy bouldering moves to reach the pinnacle! Weather was fantastic after getting blown off the Hermit two days earlier and weathering a storm to reach Muriel Peak the day before.
First time I roped up on a Sierra peak
Very enjoyable climb - snow climbing, class 3 scrambling and the summit block. Climbed Mt. Mendel in afternoon
A nice rock climb. Good pro and exposure. Climbed this with Alan Mead a month after I learned to climb. Alan died a week later in Ionian Basin as a result of complications from a bleeding ulcer.
An excellent snow / ice climb - one of my favorite. Did this with Gary Hinton.
Found this a fun climb and my third time up Darwin. Video taped the whole ascent too.
Seemed mostly 3rd class.The summit pinnicle is a really bitchin spot!!
Day 6 of the Sierra Emblem Challenge 2001. Climbed as a dayhike from the Sabrina Lake TH, 12hr:40min roundtrip. The class 4 chimney on the NE ridge was a toughie!