solo climb from southfork lakes
My 1st 14'er! Was quite a rush... and an incredible view!
A perfect day up with my brother on his first time over 14K'.
Tagged Langley on the way back out from a 6-night peakbagging trip into the Rock Creek drainage. We dropped packs at the top of the pass and ran up from there. It was slog and socked in at the peak.
Gained the ridge from high up Tuttle Creek Canyon. Lots of snow above 11,000 feet. Weather was perfect.
I climbed Langley with my two younger brothers to honor my father, who had the Sierras in his soul. He was never more at peace than he was at Cottonwood Lakes, and he spent his time there looking up at the Langley peak, always wanting to check out the view from up there. He never could quite do it - something always denied him the peak... exhaustion, gout, altitude sickness - but he talked of it constantly. So there you go, dad... you finally made it. Rest in peace.
Backpacked out of Soldier Lake, left packs at the ridge, climbed the peak, and packed out by Old Army Pass. Long day, but nice hike.
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.
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.
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!
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.
First of the California Fourteeers! We took the route on the south west face up a chute (Class 3) to the top. Awesome hike.
Day hiked with friend Dan. Nice weather.
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.
Good day, good climb.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.