Fun scramble the day before Mt. Sill.
Also did this one in July 2005.
Fun 3rd class.
Long day over from Second Lake, but fun.
Flew out west to meet SPer Kevin Trieu before a planned trip to Peru later in the summer. Had the intention of doing North Pal via U Notch but extremely heavy winds caused plans to change. Ended up wandering up Gayley, not following any route, from the col. Some mixed climbing, some snow, some easy 5th class rock. Eventually made it to the summit in the afternoon. All in all a fun day and a nice consolation.
Only a few short 5th-class sections on the ridge, plus 4th class getting on and off the ridge to avoid obstacles. Still a bit slow -- about 2h20 from Temple.
Climbed the "Yellow Brick Road" from glacier notch after coming off off Mt Sill. Solid rock and good fun!!
Did Apex and Sill first, since Gayley was so close, I climbed that also as a day hike.It was only a 45 minute round trip from Glacier notch.
We used this as an acclimitazation peak for our traverse of the Palisade Crest the next day. We climbed the ridge as directly as we could, it seemed like mostly 4th class to me. A great day and awesome views of the Palisades.
left my buddy at a lower camp and soloed a gully up the west face. had some rock to climb, but not hard. alot of snow because it was early spring. continued up the ridge to the top. descended the ridge to a saddle the down to the glacier.
Great summit day (an excellent birthday present).
Started from camp at Elinore Lake. Very enjoyable.
Climbed with Lee and Augie. One hour round trip from Glacier Notch.
Set basecamp at Third Lake. Climbed via Glacier Notch.
We were planning on the Swiss Arete, but decided to bail at the Glacier Notch because the sky looked menacing (it actually turned out to be beautiful day!). We climbed Gayley as a "consolation prize" before we went back to camp. It's a really fun scramble.
Instead of the Yellow Brick Road, did the SW Ridge following along the very top of the ridge (the Yellow Brick Road travels generally below the top of the ridge on the right). This route includes a lot of fun 4th Class, with occassional short, low- Class 5 sections. You get a good number of chimneys and places to do mantling and stemming. The granite is tightly put together and feels wonderful. Did this route on consecutive days I liked it so much.
Awesome view of the Palisade Cirque.
Too much snow for us on the Swiss Arete, although another party climbed it successfully the same day.
Our approach was from the South Fork Trail of Big Pine Creek. We camped just a short distance from Contact Pass. Gayley was west of us. We went to the notch and then up the Yellow Brick Road.
One of those crystal clear days that makes the Sierra Nevada such a fine place to climb.
From Glacier Notch.
great climb on Mount Gayley, very easy up and down, but unfortunately turned out to be a horrible climbing trip because my buddy (patrickaz) was not up for climbing much anything else in the area after we made it back to camp that night.