With Josh H. We were on firm snow from about 10K feet. Did the glacier direct route all the way to the summit ridge. There are a number of small chutes to the top, none of them more than 40 degrees. With axe and crampons it was a breeze. Descended by the 3rd class rock to the Lyell-McClure col and then did McClure. Day-hiked the whole thing at 13 hours.
Nice outing with Chad and Max. Continued up to Maclure too. Met several SPers
Went for it solo after my partners all bailed. Started at Tuolumne and camped out right around timberline. Had really fine weather but the glacier was in bad shape with sun cups, which made for a rough patch. Other than that, straightforward rock scrambling up to the summit, with a truly breathtaking view. Beautiful climb!
Climbed up a number of times throughout my years in the park. Awesome view!
Up the SE ridge from the (really long and suncupped) glacier. A gorgeous peak with tremendous views!
This was the opener to a week of backpacking in Yosemite. We hiked in from Tuolomne and camped just as the trail starts to ascend. As I was the only one really excited about summitting Lyell, we got a late start the next day. Two of us made it to the Col. I was able to scramble part way up the summit ridge solo, but turned back before getting all the way. I think I will come back to give this one another try. Amazing country here.
Camped near tree line along the Lyell Fork. Climbed Lyell and Maclure from the col.
Daytrip from Tuolomne. The glacier is longer than it looks. Trip report
Suncups made the snow travel very tedious and slow. Avoided the schrund on the left (East) on the way up and the right (West) on the way down. All the rock we found was fine class 3.
Second time up, the first in August 2007 with Ron when doing the CA county highpoints.
Headed back with Vitaliy and Max to get Maclure as well. Great scenery and the weather held out just enough for us.
Lots of snow cover completely covered the bergschrund, until I fell though it up to my chest. A little surpising, and looking back into it, a huge space, up to 15+ feet deep in places.
Camped in Lyell Canyon and summited the following day. A slight dusting of snow made the climbing a little more interesting. Winds were fierce. We were hit by a mild early season storm the night after we climbed the peak. The snow made for a beautiful setting and lots fewer people.
Climbed during a 6-day backpacking trip. We camped at the footbridge at 9500ft and approached cross country from the north via Maclure Lake. Ascended the glacier towards the saddle and followed it back to below the summit block. Easy rock climbing from there but the upper glacier was steep, frozen and a bit dicey with my summer crampons (strap ons). Descended the class 4 western ridge and followed the PCT back to camp.
Hiked 8 miles into Lyell Canyon & summited the next day. Great weather, didn't need crampons on the glacier. Key was going to the right of the buttress. We ran into a party who summited via the arete the day before and claimed they ran into a 5.6 crack on the way up. We didn't see anything beyond class 4 (cf. Secor).
Awesome scenery, but a very long day hike.
In my finest tradition of dragging unsuspecting newbies up death hikes, I took my coworker on this stroll from the Meadows. We drove from the Bay Area after work, slept for 2 hours, started from the trailhead at 3:30am and returned at 7:30pm, rather exhausted. David had a bunch of firsts that day: snow climbing, using ice axe and crampons and some altitude sickness! Despite the adversity, we made it to the top in good form; the only party on the summit that day. Prospects of missing dinner at Whoa Nelli Deli discouraged our desire to bag Maclure. Next time, I guess...
Hiked up Lyell Canyon with Gordon, Samantha and another friend.
This was my second time on the summit. Man that's beautiful country!
Climbed both Lyell and Maclure with Samantha, Dave, and another friend. We ascended the west buttress of the summit plateau through some class 4 rock, reached summit, then descended via easier class 3 rock down to the glacier in the middle of the north face. Finally made it 7 years after my last unsuccessful attempt. Lyell Canyon is a really beautiful gem of the High Sierra.
A quick late afternoon sidetrip during a JMT backpacking trip over 4th of July weekend. Many thanks to the day's previous party that had put in a fine bootpack!
East Arete with Tommi and David. We had continuous snow above 10,500'. The scramble along the ridge was quite fun and exposed.
First time I attempted Lyell was in April 1976, on my first ice-and-snow mountaineering trip with John, Marlene, and Michael. We hiked in from Agnew Meadows, first climbed Ritter from Lake Ediza, then continued north to Marie Lakes and tried Lyell's East Arete route. came to a knife-edge ridge that seemed more than we wanted to try. Second attempt on Lyell was with Carter and Prentice on the regular route from Tuolumne Meadows. One pitch of steep near the top wigged out both ladies to tears, but we made the summit without a rope. Looking at the summit register, it seemed they were the first two women on the summit that season, so our trip was renamed "First Babes of The Season on Lyell Expedition 1994." On the way down, I decided that I'd better belay them down the one steep pitcch for their peace of mind. I did so, and when I got down they said, beaming, "That was easy, we didn't need the rope." Amazing what a little security can do, eh?