Took the dog to the top. Don't tell the Park service.
Got off trail the first time and raqn out of time.
This attempt, however, it worked.
This spectacular route hidden in plain view is right up the obvious S-Shaped Wall as you look at Mount Langley from Cottonwood Lakes. Just look straight down the middle of the Profile photo on the Mount Langley home page on SummitPost. The S Shape will jump at you.
We made the summit on the way to Whitney. The hardest part was managing the heavy packed snowfield over New Army Pass. Actually needed to break out the snow gear I planned to only need at Trail Crest were snow covered most of the switchbacks top to bottom meaning potentially a 2,000 slide. Very nice peak with a great view! My second ascent.
Headed into the Cottonwoods Lakes Basin with my brother for a few days. Camped at the south end of the South Forks Lakes. Woke up early on Day 2, climbed over to the Cottonwood Lakes, up over Old Army Pass, and trudged the long trek of the south slope to the summit of Langley. Got some good bouldering in and the views were great. I will definitely be heading back and trying to get back into Miter Basin and some of the other peaks in the area.
Photos of My Mt Langley Trip
Classic High Sierra hiking. Very pleasant.
Friend and I drove in from the Bay Area hoping to get an overnight permit, but all were taken. Ended up just crashing in the car for a couple hours at the Horseshoe Meadows trailhead, then day hiked the peak starting before sunrise. Scrambled directly up the boulders from the south.
A friend (from Davis, CA)and I summitted Langley under clear skies. We camped at Horseshoe Meadow and did the entire hike in one day. Some class 3 climbing is required to attain the summit plateau. The view from the top is spectacular!! While hiking up Army Pass we encountered a hiker from Eastern Europe that had fallen and dislocated his right shoulder. He was attempting to climb a steep snowfield in the Pass without an ice ax or crampons. He had almost made the top of the Pass, but slipped and fell several hundred feet. Several other hikers helped him pack up his camping equipment and escorted him to the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. We carried out his backpack and tent. On our way out we ran into another hiker that told us that someone had fallen and severly injured themselves a few weeks before on the Army Pass trail.
Funny, I just read your climber's log entry. I signed this same log on Jun 22, 2002 after my summit of Langley. I helped the same fallen hiker that day all they way out and actully made sure he made it to the emergency room in Lone Pine that afternoon. It's been a long time, but I actully think I remember talking to you guys on or near the summit. I didn't see the hiker fall...but I had seen him going up the snow field and had a real bad feeling about him....then I remember how bad I felt when you guys told me that someone had fallen.
Frozen Lake Skating, Cous Cous, Nice Group, Yellow Tent.
This was my 3rd California 14er. Great weather and a fun trip. Only 12 more to go!
Hiked in on Saturday. According to those hiking out, we apparently just missed some rather unpleasant weather, but the rest of the weekend had great weather (despite the forecast). We camped over by Lake 5 and headed up Old Army Pass on Sunday, reaching the summit (from camp) in a leisurely 4 hours.
Solo via Old Army pass
After a last minute change in weekend plans, decided to run up north for a solo day hike via Old Army Pass. Cloud cover kept the temps just about perfect all day.
I only had to sacrifice some paint on the bottom of my driving up the wrong road to get near the trail head. Like most climbs I do we made this one more epic than it had to be.
Stayed at the Cottonwood Lakes and did the summit the next morning. Great views of Whitney; with binoculars you can see people on the Whitney trail like a trail of ants.
Camped at one of the south fork lakes. Up New Army and down Old Army pass. Fun hike with dad, M, and L.
Straightforward daytrip, though the sand was slow going.
Sleeping down in Bishop the night before the hike after a few weeks at sea level was a mistake I should have known to avoid. I easily cruised up to the top of Old Army Pass from the parking lot at Horsehoe Meadows in just over 3.25 hours, but suffered from the lack of aclimitization to altitude the rest of the way and took about 3.5 painful hours to get from the top of the pass to the summmit of Langley. Toward the end I was resting for a minute every 10 steps and almost turned back due to safety concerns/bad AMS since I was alone other than my 2 dogs. I've never hiked so slowly in my life! 12 hours from car to car was longer than I had planned for, but I had everything I needed. I caught some small snowflakes at the summit. The partly cloudy day made for interesting photos, but luckily no lightning other than over in the White Mountains and beyond.
From the Ashram,(stone church) followed the unmaintained trail to Tuttle Creek Canyon. Ascend the East Ridge to summit. Descended the same route and back to the church for some praying. Fifth time up.