climbed it in conjuction with Mallory
I thought this was just an OK route. Nice and long, but not sustained and not particularly great rock. I would also add that its more a grade IV than V. The approach is also more like 6 or 7 miles and not even close to the 3.5 Secor lists. Great views from an uninspiring summit. 14 hrs car to car.
Dayhike out of the Meysan Lakes TH, continuing on to McAdie and returning via the Whitney trail. Carried axe and crampons, but never used them all day. Irvine's NE Ridge was an easy but surprisingly enjoyable scramble, with some outstanding views in a truly beautiful area.
The Meyson Lakes trail is now my favorite trail in the Sierra; probably one of my favorite places to camp except for all the mosquitoes. There was lots of snow left up there from this last winter making for an fun trip up the couloir and great views of the surrounding peaks from the top.
Interesting and windy class 3 scramble. From Outpost Camp to summit and back in 5 hrs.
Day 9 of the 2004 Sierra Challenge, climbed McAdie with Michael and Michelle, then went on to Irvine with Michael, 8h40m RT from Whitney Portal. Trip Report
First one up for the new year. The snow in the chute was perfect for climbing on and made a great glissade on the way down. Had a great and lonely view from the summit.
Spent rthe better part of a day trying to figure out a way up the NW face from Arc Pass but finally gave up. Lots of fun scrambling, but no summit. In retrospect, should have gone up McAdie.
After the fun class 3 down climb off Mallory's Northwest ridge I was forced to chug my way up the South slope, which is slippery and oh so tiring. Irvine was the last peak on my traverse from Corcoran.
Gerry Cox and I climbed this long, classic, and in the 1st RJ Secor's Edition, somewhat underrated route (III,5.7) in 1987. We found 17 pitches with at least some 5.9 climbing, 400 feet of 4th class on the upper buttress, and ton of 3rd/4th scrambling on the summit ridge. Greg Vernon later said, haven't you guys climbed any other Al Greene routes? These guys were known for sandbagging! Really? Anyway, this is a good line (with fairly short approach), especially if you can climb all these pitches in one day and descent the snow gully before it gets firm (IV+ or V,5.9).
Nice view from the top.