Mount Langley Climber's Log

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TDRoberts - Oct 20, 2003 9:48 am

Route Climbed: Army Pass Date Climbed: Sep 26 '03  Sucess!

Climbed Langley on way to Rock Creek basin. From Army Pass the route climbs endless scree. Found and took class 3 rock scramble for final push - which broke the monotony of walking on the scree. Great views of Rock Creek basin, Whitney, and Russell.


dvsanbt - Oct 19, 2003 3:32 pm

Route Climbed: buttress to bypass old army pass, then cl 3 variation to summit Date Climbed: october 18, 2003  Sucess!

solo dayhike from trailhead. the buttress to the east of old army pass required some routefinding to keep the difficulty level at class 3/4 level. as i topped out at the buttress, i saw two bighorn sheep at the plateau staring at me from a distance. then a sand slog for a while before hitting good class 3 buttress to the summit plateau. the wind was howling - thankfully the summit was not a ridge like on lot of other peaks.


Reiksgib - Aug 26, 2003 2:45 pm

Route Climbed: Lake # 5 to Old Army Pass to a class 3 chute West of the summit Date Climbed: August 23, 2003  Sucess!

Backpacked in to Cottonwood Lakes with my wife and headed up Old Army Pass at about 2:30PM. Hit the summit by 5:00PM. I think I was the last one up for the day. Returned to a sweet campsite East of Lake #4 by 6:30. A quick but beautiful summit. Look out for that North and East facing slope! WOW it must drop 2,000ft straight down!


ScottyS - Aug 18, 2003 4:06 pm

Route Climbed: Tourist trail to Cottonwood Lake #6 slope Date Climbed: August 16, 2003  Sucess!

Took my little sister (14) on her first peak with a summit register as training for Whitney. She dayhiked it like a pro! Tried a different route up the Cottonwood Lake #6 slope, and was pleasantly surprised - much faster and easier than that Old Army trail! Most of the elevation involves low-angle class 3 slabs. Early season climbs would have to conquer the cornice at the ridgeline. Perfect summer route! Got rained on the entire 2 hour walk back from Cottonwood Lakes Basin. Forget bears in the campground --- beware of noisy, annoying, card-playing tourists.


Jonodo - Aug 14, 2003 2:40 pm

Route Climbed: New Army Pass Date Climbed: 7/5/03  Sucess!

First of the California Fourteeers! We took the route on the south west face up a chute (Class 3) to the top. Awesome hike.


mdostby - Aug 11, 2003 11:06 am

Route Climbed: Old Army Date Climbed: August 10, 2003  Sucess!

Day hiked with friend Dan. Nice weather.

Rinat Shagisultanov

Rinat Shagisultanov - Aug 8, 2003 3:24 am

Route Climbed: SE slope -> Normal Route Date Climbed: May 2001  Sucess!

Had a base camp at Muir Lake, hiked pasing the Old Army Pass to the SE slope. Clombed it to the ridge, hiked on the snow to the base of the summit ridge. Climbed some class 3 snow chute and riched the summit. ON the way back had the worst ever problems with altitude.


dankras - Jul 17, 2003 11:11 am

Route Climbed: South Face class 3 variation Date Climbed: 07/16/03  Sucess!

Good day, good climb.


sierragator - Jun 28, 2003 8:53 pm

Route Climbed: via new army pass from trailhead Date Climbed: Junw 28 2003  Sucess!

Bagged this peak for the second time today. Awesome views! The snow at new army pass is of little concern as steps have been kicked into it.


Khanes - Jun 25, 2003 10:58 am

Route Climbed: New Army Pass Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!

Although the books say that Mount Langley is quite easy....I found it harder than Mount Whitney. The last 1,500 feet of elevation is quite loose and gravely. Trekking poles are of a great assistance. There is also a fair amount of route finding after New Army Pass too, since the trail is poorly marked. Nonetheless, it's still 14,000+ ft and worth every step.

wadesummit - Jun 23, 2003 3:15 pm

Route Climbed: mountaineers Date Climbed: october, 2002  Sucess!

For a first climb I would not recomnend this route. I was not so lucky and had a friend take me up knowing that I had no climbing expierence. I made it but hanging, totally exposed, was not my idea of having a good time. Though I have to say that i'm hooked on the whole backpacking & climbing adventure and i'm looking forward to climbing mt. whitney via the mountaineers route in september.


Misha - Jun 18, 2003 12:46 am

Route Climbed: Old Army Pass (snow chute in the center), Class 3 variation to the summit Date Climbed: June 14th, 2003  Sucess!

Set up a base camp between Cottonwood Lakes #4 and 5. Climbed via Old Army Pass straight up the snow chute in the center. It was a lot of fun - the slope in there (close to the pass) gets to about 50 degrees. Took the Class 3 variation to the summit between 13.2 and 14k feet, nice scramble! On the way back we got intimidated by the steepness and icy conditions of the snow chute below Old Army Pass, and descended a Class 4-5 rock variation instead. Aside from us, two more people summited that day. What a nice contrast to the crowds on Mt. Whitney :). All in all, great day and great mountain!


thebeave7 - May 18, 2003 10:13 pm

Route Climbed: Old Army Pass Date Climbed: October 2002  Sucess!

Late season basecamp between Cottonwood 4 and 5. Woke up and hit the trail around 7:30am the next morning. The lakes were partially frozen as temperatures dropped into the 20s and never got above the mid 40s. Took a little over 3 hours to summit, and less than 2.5 hours to get back to the lakes. One of the easiest 14ers.

yayoubetcha - Dec 25, 2002 10:52 am

Route Climbed: Old Army Pass Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

A nice walk up. I think Old Army Pass is the way to go.

Dave K - Dec 22, 2002 10:01 pm

Route Climbed: Army Pass--sort of Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

A nice climb with my friend Mike! We didn’t have the gear to deal with the cornices on the Army Passes, so we stayed at Chicken Spring Lake in Golden Trout Wilderness and hiked from the west.


bennovak - Dec 18, 2002 10:00 pm

Route Climbed: Old army pass Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

Hiked with Richard Elder. Pretty good day hike with incredible scenery from the lakes basin on. About 11 hrs with a couple of those used for fishing the cottonwood lakes, brilliant goldies, bring a pole.

Eric Tipton - Dec 10, 2002 9:21 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Chute Date Climbed: May,1999  Sucess!

Kenn Kennega and I approached the climb from Tuttle Creek. It had recenly snowed and we slogged thru snow up to our dicks from start to summit.


tbnelson - Oct 8, 2002 2:46 pm

Route Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: October 5, 2002  Sucess!

Summited via the South Slopes with friends from church. We made camp at Cottonwood Lakes and then summited in a little under three hours from the lake. Two storms the week prior had left a fair amount of snow on the summit plateau. Old Army Pass had a little snow and ice in places. Great views of Whitney and Russell and Williamson to the north.


bearbnz - Sep 27, 2002 5:06 pm

Route Climbed: Normal route with a variation to bypass Old Army Pass Date Climbed: June 15, 2002  Sucess!

Climbed Mt. Langley with ScottyS on our quest to climb all of the CA fourteeners this summer. The 21 mile round trip took 8.75 hours on the easy Cottonwood Lakes trail. First time up this peak. For images and info on this peak, visit my Mt. Langley page.

Rick Kent

Rick Kent - Sep 20, 2002 2:10 pm

Route Climbed: Old Army Pass to Summit Date Climbed: 9/14/02  Sucess!

This was my first 14er! I'm hooked now! Perfect day for a dayhike! Got some excellent photos of Whitney, etc. Visibility was clear. Views were breathtaking. A fairly long hike, but other than the sand, was enjoyable. Gonna do Whitney and Muir next week.

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