My son and my 2 dogs came up as far as Longley lake. They took a nap, I scrambled up the north side of the lake to a plateau. Followed the ridge and scrambled up a little class 4 for a great view.
Climbed with fellow SCMA member Dave German. We started walking at 5:05AM. Couple of hours later we were taking a rest at the Longley Reservoir (a.k.a. McGee Lake). We brought a 9.4mm x 60m rope, 6 screws, slings and a handful of medium nuts and 2 cams. Didn't use any of it for the ascent; the couloir was all neve...just a bit of ice starting to form at the top (the crux section). We gained the 'shrund (elev ~ 12,400') on climber's right (climbed some loose 4th class with crampons on). We simul-solo the couloir in 1 hr 20 min. Then, scrambled from the notch (elev ~ 13,400') onto the standard NW face route. Ran into SP'ers crescentstrife and bechtt. Chatted with them for ten minutes or so. Reached the summit by 11:15AM. Descended upper part of East Arete and then SE gully. Back at the car by 3:00PM (10 hrs roundtrip).
Route Climbed: East Arete
Date Climbed: July 15, 2006
Climbed with Steve Larson. What he said. Dehydrated on the way down; descended the SE gully, where we found running water from the snow melt. Around 10.5 hours car-to-car.
Route Climbed: North Couloir Direct (attempt)
Date Climbed: September 18, 2004
The North Couloir Direct was pretty melted out yesterday, Saturday, September 18, 2004. The ice was 95% water ice but dirty from rockfall. My partner (Javier Gonzalez) and I only climbed the first 2 pitches above the bergshrund. We left the Los Angeles area on Friday afternoon, 9/17/04. Got to the trailhead (elev ~ 9000') by 10:30pm. We got ready our gear and packs and went off to sleep by 11:15pm. We set our wake-up call at 4:00am. Coming directly from sea level, I ony managed to sleep a couple of hours. By 4:40am, we were walking. We reached Longley Reservoir (elev ~ 10,700') at 6:20am. Filled our water bottles and started up the moraine. We geared up at the base of the small, north glacier there and by 8:30am I was belaying Javier up the bergshrund. Javier led the 1st pitch up the left side of the bergshrund. The right side had an intimidating, overhanging iced cornice. All the while there were golf-sized rocks coming down the couloir every other minute (in retrospect now, we shouldn't have climbed the couloir with the rock fall conditions it had yesterday in the first place). I led the 2nd pitch. Just about a minute after Javier clipped in at the 2 ice screw belay I set up, a 1-foot sized rock just missed me by a mere 6 feet from my right shoulder. That's when we got the hell down out of there. Because we had brought two 8.5mm by 60 meter ropes, we only had 2 rappels back down below the bergshrund. This was first time rappeling off Abalakov V-threads that we made. Our altimeter read 12,660' at the top of the 2nd pitch. I'll go back again and attempt Mt. Humphreys North Couloir Direct when conditions are better. We drove down to Bishop where we pigged out at "Los Amigos" mexican restaurant. The Carne Asada is good there.
Car to car time: 9 hrs, 15 min from North Lake. A beautiful solo climb. The 4th class sections were fun, especially the wild pitch right below the summit. I'll be back again for the E Arete, N Couloir and SE Buttress. I love peaks like Humphreys that has fine routes on all the cardinal directions!
Climbed this fun arete with Miguel Forjan. We were a bit slow and made a couple of route finding errors, but still managed to top out in about 6.5 hours. Awesome wildflowers. We took a rope, but never used it on the way up. We did two raps on the way down, since we had the rope and the anchors were already in place. Not sure if that speeded things up at all. We both thought we were going to be able to fill up our hydration bladders at the lake below the saddle, but we came out several hundred feet above it, and didn't want to take the time to go fill up. We paid for that, with both of us running dry by the time we hit the summit. We were parched until we found running water on the descent. Warm weather and little wind. We had the summit to ourselves. Huphreys has the best views of any Sierra peak I can recall.
fun climb. We did one long rappel with two 60m rope, and rope got stuck. Had to climb back up. Would be easier to do two rappels.
Climbed with some great friends of mine. Great summit view and could see the haze from the Cali fires. Slide down is interesting. All around fun.
With Shano. Excellent trip, perfect conditions and partner! Excellent!
With Paul Dowdy
Fine solo climb. Worth lugging a rope up for getting down. Best to stay on the arete all the way to avoid the loose stuff on either side. There are a few "fresh air traverses" remimiscent of Whitney's east face, but the route is more fun and airy.
fun climb w/ Chuck Ohrbom. Hiked into the basin from N. Lake and setup camp. Dayhiked the peak next day. Almost perfect conditions - no view of the Owens Valley due to swirling mists but otherwise fantastic.
Solo dayhike from North Lake. Went too far North and ended up heading up the mountain from the West. This turned out to be far more enjoyable than the horrendously loose gully I later descended. The westerly approach was more gradual at first and had fairly nice rock (mostly class 2/3 with a couple class 4 sections). It eventually topped out on the NW ridge which I then followed to the notch. Things only got better from that point. The class 3/4 from the notch to the summit was sweet!
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With friend Tom Montgomery - WOW - a great climb.
Tony Jennings, Tim Washick, Dave Bolland, Don Bolland, and two other friends climbed to the top on Saturday. The weather was clear and cold. Swimming was good, but short. Great view and a great time with wonderful people.
Got down to 35 degrees up near the summit. Brrrrr.
Jim Browsky must wear a cap.
Great route with Joe Dawson. The perfect dayhike.
Solo with Andrew from the Peaklet Saddle. 8:30 roundtrip from the car. Lot of fun. Finding the right gully and the traverse back around near the bottom of the arete was nearly the end of me. I'll pay closer attention next time.
Approach is short, about 1.5-2 hours to the base. From the summit there is an awesome view of Desolation Basin (I think it's called?). Downclimbing the 5.4 headwall on the descent was the crux.
Perfect spring corn