Went the long way over Italy Pass, but it was a great hike. Camped at Lake Italy afterwards, then climbed Hilgard the next day and walked out.
There is little traffic on this route and no route description on Summitpost. Sierra Mountaineering Club climbing it because we've been looking at it for so long and wondered what it is like. Its a long way in but this couloir is fun. It's not steep and protects well in the rock on each side. The finish is underneath a massive rock "bridge" that forms a tunnel.
From Lake Italy. Laura's birthday weekend. Pictures and story
Scrambled up from below Gabbott Pass, on final day of 7-day backpack. The upper portion was trickier than expected. Went down the SE slope. Trip report.
Was expecting a slog but turned out to be great class 3 climbing on the ribs on the SE face after traversing over from Mount Hilgard. Excellent view encompassing much of the central Sierra capping off a superb night at Lake Itay.
Climbed with brother Jon
Lots of snow on route. Found some exposed scrabbling on the ridge up high. Returned via a different route.
(Day 3 of a 9 day trip)
I bagged Mt. Gabb while doing a loop from Mosquito Flats. The route that I took up to the peak was a bit of an unconventional one and I would not recommend it as it was quite a lot of talus on my path. Descended on the southwestern ridge. In retrospect, it would have been the easiest and safest way to ascend. Incredible views from up top, simply amazing.
FYI I was not able to locate the summit register. If anyone is planning a trip back, please take up an old ammo can and a notepad. I figure I'll take one up if I get around to another trip up that way.
Bagged the peak during a loop through the Second Recess.
Climbed after Bear Creek Spire
up the east face
Tough dayhike from the Mosquito Flat TH--continuous snow cover for much of the way. The valley around Lake Italy looked like it was still in full-on winter mode, and Gabb was a snow climb (45-50 degrees in places) until some class 3 boulders near the top.
Snow was icy in the morning (kind of tedious on the descent from Cox Col to the base of Gabb), and sloppy in the afternoon--very tiring.
This was a bit of a grudge peak for me since the first time I tried for it, I aborted with a knee strain, and the second time (when I climbed Hilgard), bad weather interrupted my plans.
Spectacular views, but the historic 1934 register was missing. :-(
Climbed with the PCS. The historic register was gone.
Started out with the 2005 Sierra Challenge, but diverged to grab Gabb instead of Hilgard. Climbed with Matt - long day, but very enjoyable. Perfect timing with weather - as soon as we reached the summit, drifts of snowflakes greeted us and the looming thunderclouds definitely pushed us off from the summit sooner than I had wanted to.
This was an aborted attempt on a day hike to Hilgard as part of Sierra Challenge 2005. Gabb in a day is still a good shot! ~19 miles and 6,800 ft of gain.
Fun climb solo from vacinity of Gabbot Pass
Traversed from Mt. Hilgard - straight forward cl 2/3 climb. Last climb on a 7 day trip through the Bear Lakes area.
Sloppy class three! Climbed with CPSLOKorny. Beautiful summit!
This was a long dayhike with Michael Graupe from Mosquito Flat, day 4 of the 2003 Sierra Challenge. We met up with Matthew on the return at Cox Col, and the three of us went to the summit of nearby Bear Creek Spire. Trip Report