Not much snow in the Sierra this fall so we drove over Tioga pass and spent two nights camped by Lake 4. Incredibly cold but luckily no wind, and as it would turn out no snow of any significance anywhere either.
The first afternoon Lake 4 was 1/3 frozen, and maybe 1/4 inch thick at most where we camped. All weekend we could hear sounds from the lakes as they froze over, and by the time we left Lake 4 was completely frozen and took some aggression with an ice axe to get through over 1" of ice.
Great run, beautiful place.
Climbed Langley with my good bud Kamyar. It was a good second 14er for him after I drug him up Tyndall where he almost shite himself. We spent that Saturday fishing lake 4 and up and back to the car on Sunday. Standing on the summit made me wish I had a base chute!
The views from up here are as good or better than Whitney withou the lottery or the people.
My windiest day in the Sierra.
Must... go... back... to... SKI!!! So friggin' awesome!
Slog, slog, slog...
A nice walk. Went onto Whitney. Bivied underneath Mt. Chamberlin which was cool.
Went up via New Army Pass after a night of camping at Long Lake. Made it a long day by attempting Cirque Peak but weather and time wasn't on our side.
Almost made it to the top but to windy to go all the way up. Next time ill be up there
Left Horseshoe Meadows Friday, Oct. 9 via Cottonwood Pass for a first night south of Rock Creek. Left our camp at 5:00 a.m. Saturday and summited at 11:30. After a cold and windy half hour at the summit, we hiked back to our packs and trucked back to Horseshoe Meadows for a 12-hour day. This was my first Fourteener... only fourteen left. Definitely an A+ trip!!
Old Army Pass up, New Army down. Preferred Old Army trail which was not hard to follow. Be prepared for the trk up sand near the base of Langley which isn't as much fun as climbing the rocks. Nice sheer dropoff the top to the east. Could see Muir, Whitney, Russell, Tyndall and Williamson from here. Nice!!
The second 14er I've climbed with my pops, a great trip. Thought he was going to poop out 13,500' and I went ahead, but then he met me on top about 15 minutes after I made it.
Started to blow hard on top and the thunder and lightning came just as we were starting to descend Old Army Pass shutting down the summit for a few hours.
So I've looked all over the place for other routes besides old & new army pass. I ran into 2 groups that headed down (what I believe) is called the Gorge. Anyone have any info on this, it's the finger at the top of lake 5. We talked to 2 different party's the 1st was a single guy that was just winging it, said he tried it and it was no problem. The second group later that day, sounded like he had been up Langley 10+ times, and told me there were many routes up the canyon and prefered this route over old army any day of the week.
We decided to give it a go the next morning and found that it was a great way to go. Some climbing over large boulders and some deep sandy trails. It was a fast and very fun path up to the ridge, it also took about 1 1/2 miles off our hike. I'l be doing it again next time.
I would probably recommend old army pass for the descent, unless you have time to boulder down this way. If anyone else has info on this canyon, please pass on the info.
Great summit, no crowd....clear and windy. Beautiful lunch spot. I'll be back soon.
Climbed via Old Army Pass on the way up. Then, made the long walk over to Cirque Peak and went back down New Army Pass. Old Army was much more direct whereas the switchbacks on New Army seemed to take forever. Assuming OAP is relatively snow free, I would definely recommend it over NAP.
Snow flurries and deteriorating weather made my summit stay about 2 minutes. Crowded summit made it anti climatic
Hiked in from Horseshoe Meadow to Long Lake on August 5, and set out the next morning for Langley via New Army Pass. The cold wind kept the skeeters away at the lake, though it required all the layers I had plus a balaclava. Got a bit off route and missed the easy passage up to the summit plateau, but found a place to climb without too much trouble (I'm far more a hiker than climber). Beautiful views from the top.
A side trip on a hike from Cottonwood Lakes to Rock Creek.
First part of hike a nasty slog, second part delightful. Beautiful day. Trip report: http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/536419/tuttle-creek-route-hyde-and-jekyll-on-mt-langley.html
Great climb on Mount Langley this weekend! We ditched the tent and slept under the stars at Lake #3. What an amazing view; billions of stars, the Milky Way Galaxy, and satellites racing across the sky. We also took a refreshing, albeit cold dip in the lake. Unfortunately, the mosquitos were a pest. On Sunday morning we started for the summit and found a dead body wrapped in a space blanket halfway down the slope. We found out she had slipped and fallen several hundred feet to her death the morning before. A rescue helicopter came and retrieved the body. We made it to the summit late in the morning and the view was amazing; maybe better than the view from the summit of Whitney. We could see Mount Whitney, other surrounding peaks, and the town of Lone Pine far below. We then hiked the 10 miles back to the car and drove back home to sunny San Diego.