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
Second roped climb in the Sierra(first was Darwin). Really fun climb. want to do east arete
Climbed with reluctant buddy Myron. Lower portion of climb was loose and uninspiring. upper portion was a very enjoyable climb.
Solo day hike from North Lake. Also climbed Emerson on the way back.
A terrific Peak. First eyed it in 1982 after backpacking north from Whitney Portal and vowed to come back to climb. My old Roper High Sierra Guide called the SW Slope/NW Face Rt. just the Regular Rt. Climbed with long time friend John Pfeiffer. The Hutchinson Rt. was called the South Couloir. Again with J. P. and couple of other friends. Encountered ice in the couloir below Married Men's Point. Finally, the SE Buttress was called the South Ridge. Climbed with Hugh Sakols, Randy Freidlander, Mark Hoefer, Thayrn Henderson, and Dan Bussinger. Nearly lost the hacky sack attempting to hack on the summit. Whatever names these routes go by, it is fun and interesting climbing.
An easy but very enjoyable dayhike out of North Lake, and the first fourth class peak I attempted by myself. (To give an indication of how easy the fourth class is on this route, I didn't even realise I'd climbed the first such section until I found myself on the arete--seemed more like 3rd class to me). This is a really fun peak! The downclimb proved to be easier than I'd expected.
To reach the notch, I followed the gully all the way up from where it begins, at the top of the talus fan (right where another gully descends from the notch on the righthand side of the summit). The gully itself is loose class 2 as advertised, but it's possible to keep to solid rock above this almost the whole way (class 2 or 3), avoiding the loose crud and making for an enjoyable climb.
A loooong, but very fun day on a big, intimidating-looking mountain. Humphreys' Basin is gorgeous.
I climbed it with my friends Sam, Etsuko (Kiwifzz) and Misha (Mlog).
This was a fun climb with some exposure from the notch up the final couloir to the top. My 2 friends looked on from the notch. I guess being married had something to do with their decision to stay below.
Did a point to point day trip (11 hours) with Neil Satterfield of SMI in Bishop on an excellent day. Went up the East Arete and descended the NW face/SW slope. Finished off the day with a xc route over to Piute Lake and down to the North Lake trailhead. The East Arete is a quality route!
great early season climb. all the choss of the bottom 2/3 of the route was snowcovered and quite enjoyable.
my dog made it to 13000' , below the class 4 climbing.
fine day with good friends.
Climbed with ScottyS from Piute Pass. Of the 20+ peaks I climbed this summer, this was one of my favorites. The approach was good, the climbing was way fun, and the exposure is excellent for a 4th class route. Don't get bogged down looking at route pictures of the Southwest Face, you can go up nearly any of the chutes and come out at the right place.
Climbed this excellent route with Kevin Jellison and Russ Faure - Brac. Videotaped the whole climb too. Highly recomended!
Did the 1st ascent ( according to Secor ) of the main ice gully with Britt Reeves. The guy with the rope feined illness resulting in our free soloing the gully ( 800', 55 degrees ). Saw bighorn tracks at the top! An excellent ice climb.
Dayhiked with bearbnz on a perfect day. If you stay on rock, the SW face is not too bad. I thought the summit block was VERY cool!
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Day 5 of the Sierra Emblem Challenge 2001. Thunderstorms threatened so I got an early start at 5:20a from North Lake TH, reached summit at 11:00a, just in time for the first crack of thunder. Didn't stay long on the summit! Returned to TH at 3:00p.
The lower 3/4 of the mountain is nothing but loose junk. Once on the NW face, the climbing becomes quite enjoyable, and the class 4 moves are fairly easy.