I humped my skis all the way to the Mallory-LeConte plateau. By then I was way behind schedule due to sleeping in and finding much less snow down low than I expected. I was going to climb LeConte, but decided not to mess with it. The weather was coming in from the west, though it didn't look too bad. The summit ridge was kind of fun. It started snowing by the time I got my skis on. The ski descent from the plateau to Meysan Lake was superb despite the bad weather. Below that the skiing was all about survival to about 10,000 feet, where I picked up the trail and walked out.
Class 3 traverse variation from Mt Irvine. To avoid snow in the Irvine basin, descended part way down to Arc Pass and counted buttresses over. Miscounted by 1 and climbed Class 4/5 peaklet to the west of Mallory. After attempting incorrect sporty descent (5.10+), found easier way to the start of Class 3 climb up Mallory. Descent via Mallory plateau to Meysan Lake.
Good day. Irvine & Mallory from Meysan Lake.
First peak of the day on my solo link-up of Mallory/LeConte/Lone Pine Peak. Left the Meysan trailhead at 5:00am. Summited Mallory at 10:01am, summited LeConte at 11:12am and finally Lone Pine Peak at 2:00pm.
climbed along with Irvine
Climbed after Irvine; did not do the complete traverse because we got off route; ended up dropping ~1000 feet and going up the SW gully which reachs the notch between the Mallory's true summit and the lesser summit to the north. One of us climbed the chimney while another by-passed it for something a little faster. Rested for about 20 mins at the top. good day...
Not one of my better outings this summer. At one time, I'd entertained the notion of trying to knock off Corcoran, LeConte, Mallory, McAdie, and Irvine all in a day. Realism subsequently set in, and I scaled back objectives to LeConte, Corcoran, and Mallory.
But even with this modest plan, I failed miserably: A rather pathetic effort saw me climb only Mallory, as route-finding difficulties thwarted me on LeConte/Corcoran. At least Mallory was better than I expected, with some mildly airy scrambling around the summit.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention--I'm never, ever again hiking up to the LeConte-Mallory plateau from Meysan Lake. What a slog! Ugh!
Came over from Mt. Leconte and decended the NW Ridge to Arc Pass. Surprisingly there was no slogging on this peak, well except for the 2,000 ft or so up to the plateau.
Did this as a day hike from Portal Rd (bivied @ Tuttle Creek - not the best preparation) via Meysan Lake trail.
3 of the party linked to Irvine after we topped out on Mallory. I had to bring down an altitude sick partner and was not able to knock off Mallory. Descent route down the chute between Mallory and Irvine looks like a good winter/spring pitch given enough ice formation.
Back at the cars at 10pm (not a very fast day.)
I'll be back to do this one again...
Spent the night at Meysan Lake and got an early start on the East slope. Fun summit block, great view. Lots of rockfall in the gulley. Should have combined with Irvine and/or LeConte. Oh well, next time.
Climbed this as a day hike with Irvine and Candlelight.
Peak number three on the day. The down climb was a lot more fun. Bob will be happy to know that the West side of the North ridge is a fun Class 3 down climb. I will submit both a trip report and a route report for this.
Climbed Mallory as part of the '02 Sierra Mountaineers Challenge. Great back-to-back climb with Mt LeConte.
Day 9 of the 2002 Mountaineers Challenge. Dayhiking from Whitney Portal, three of us climbed LeConte first. I left the others for an attempt on Corcoran (I got lost, but found some fun scrambling while I blew three hours) then came back to climb Mallory. I thought it would be just a slog, but it turned out to have some fun class 3 at the summit. The big mistake of the day was descending the East Chute. Just finding my way down to the entrance was a pain, as I descended twice from the east ridge only to have to climb back out when I got cliffed out. Finally reaching the chute, it turned out to be incredibly tedious and loose. No short cut there! Trip Report.
I climbed it with my friend Mike. Despite an early start from the Portal, we did not arrive back at his truck until after midnight because of some unexpected delays. Still, it was a great day in a beautiful area. We had hoped to climb Mts. LeConte and Corcoran that day, too.