That is some kind of ice climb! When I was there on July 22, 2011 there was only one set of tracks in the snow from bottom of Old Army Pass to the top. I am not surprised one of your party almost fell, you have to really be experienced to climb that chunk of ice. I don't think the old army pass will be free of snow until Spetember or perhaps not at all passable without an ice climb this year. Regular hikers like myself need to stay off Old Army and use New Army for the summit trek. It's a great hike.
I can only agree and we where in over our heads. We saw a young couple with their two dogs that went up the old army pass trail without crampons or ice axes. And we noticed quite a few skid marks from them in the soft snow when we attempted to go back down late in the evening.
When did you summit Friday or Saturday? If Saturday then we must have passed each other on the trail somewhere.
We went up on Saturday so I guess we passed eachother. We got down about 7:30 pm, started at 6 am.
Hiked Mt langely on July 22, 2011. Old Army pass is snowed in, it won't open until September if at all. Took New Army pass to the summit, 13 hours round trip and I am in good shape. This is a stressful hike. Spectacular views at first lake 4 miles into the hike.
After my ninth ascent of Langley, I also climbed over The Fin and Woollyback on my way back to the trailhead.
@dmasten and I climbed Langley via NAP this past weekend. A bit of snow made finding the trail tricky in spots, but overall the climb wasn't too bad. We had tried via OAP three weeks ago and we unsuccessful. This was my first 14er and it was awesome!
Patches of snow made staying on the New Army Pass trail a bit tricky, but not too bad.
A bit crowded, had to do the alternate route of entering the wilderness via Cottonwood Pass. Camped at the west end of New Army Pass trail. Made the summit on day two shortly after lunch. Smoke from a forest fire made the descent less pleasant. Day three, returned the same way I came.
Although we were prepared for snow and ice, the conditions on New Army, Army, and Winter Passes were beyond our ability. Nevertheless, the hiking and camping in the Cottonwood Lakes area was excellent.
Came from Cottonwood Lakes to New Army Pass. Great views! Learned that AMS feels exactly like a hangover... except more booze doesn't help.
Been up Langley a few times from different routes. The NE Couloir is my favorite and I also climbed it on my way to Whitney Portal from Horseshoes Meadows as a day hike.
1978 Northernmost Cottonwood Lake to East Ridge, a little Class 3 just below the summit, returned by New Army Pass
Fun but tiring slog up the sand to the summit of Langley from Old Army Pass. Great views.
Dayhiked roundtrip from the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead ~0600 to ~1730, wow, what a great day! Gorgeous views, met a ranger counting Bighorn sheep atop Mt. Langley. Tiring, but a great day.
From Long Lake via New Army Pass. Clouds rolled in just as we came down. Rained all night.
Climbed with Rusty6 and my dear friend John. I still want to see John's the picture of the girls who posed on the summit!
Did this as part of a solo 4 day backpacking trip from Cottonwood Lakes to the summit of Whitney via the West side and descending the East side.
Hike up to the lakes and camped out with my Dad. Woke up next morning bagged the peak and headed home. The next week started a new job selling insurance which I hated! Awesome two day trip. Very interesting scenery
Difficult hiking day. Joanna and I went up to New Army pass. The hiker's trail is very obvious and easy ground but the altitude gave me trouble. Dramatic cliff to the North East and interesting views of the Keeler Needle and Whitney. Unfortunately I was too tired to enjoy it thoroughly. We used this as a jump-off point for acclimatization for Whitney.