Combined with Leconte and Mallory, although McAdie was the most enjoyable climb. Followed the lower sets of cairns (still pretty high) to gain the saddle between the two summits. Plenty of air from the top!
We followed the variation that avoids climbing to the summit of the middle peak, as described on SP. That was a good route. Trip report.
Climbed up via Arc Pass. Climbed to the middle summit and found the downclimb to the notch. The downclimb of the chimney at the top was pretty straightforward. From there, you pass a pretty exposed section and then come out above the notch. The downclimb from there is horrendous. There are a lot of handholds but the ground is super loose and the exposure is BIG -- so I'm calling it class 4. Looked across the cairns to the climb up the north peak and it also looked quite loose as well, so the idea of the downclimb wasn't so enticing. Decided to go back up the chimney and call it a day.
A cruise down the sand from near the summit of Irvine to Arc Pass. Super exposed and exhilarating traverse to the main summit. Cairs marked the way nicely with fantastic views from the top.
I missed the traverse to the right at the middle of the East slope and ended up on the left (West) side of the smaller summit, negotiating a very exposed class 4 just to see the trail on the oposite side. I made my way back to the East slope and than traverse to the North summit on a stiff class 3. Coming down I found the easier traverse from/to the East slope. Fun climbing but to get to the top of Arc Pass, not so fun.
Day hike with Todd.
Short but fun up western sloppy chute to notch then Class 3 & 4 to summit. Quite cold on top and great view of suffering smoke north of us.
Striking summit tower and unique route for the final scramble to the summit, hidden corner turn into gully. Dealt with small patch of ice, but otherwise very enjoyable scramble to summit, good solid moves, wish it lasted longer...beautiful views of the lakes to the southwest of summit. Then continued to tag Irvine.
McAdie is a beautiful peak indeed. One of the nicest in the Sierra's.
From the notch I climbed the south face direct. Quality class 3-4. Recommended. Descended from the notch by traversing onto the standard route from Arc Pass.
Fun climb from Arc Pass. There was a little snow left over, but not enough for crampons. We went over and tagged Mt. Irvine before heading back down the Mt. Whitney Trail.
Side trip during a day covering Leconte, Corcoran, Mallory, McAdie, and Irvine. Bypassed the lower middle summit by heading directly to the notch... that was enough for one day.
Easy talus and class 3 after a spicy descent off the south side of Marsh. It's a neat route, following the ledge around the peak to the west. Descended to Arc Pass after tagging the middle summit. Trip report
This was my fifth (sixth?) attempt on the peak, the prior ones being in winter (except one), where conditions shut us down every time. A very warm early June day made for a pleasant walk, but unstable snow conditions after mid morning. Lots of wet snow avalanches that day, including two that came down my ascent couloir up to the pass. The direct approach to the notch was not an option due to unstable snow. The descent off the middle summit is definitely old school class three. Ran into a guy who skied Whitney starting on the backside at 14,300, all the way down to the main trail to Lone Pine Lake. He had to dodge a lot of rocks, but I was impressed that he had gotten in such a long run.
Last day of the 2007 Sierra Challenge. The main objective of the day was to climb Mt. Newcomb. Starting at Whitney Portal I decided to climb McAdie on the way from Arc Pass. Then descended the class 2 chute to Crabtree Pass, climbed Mt. Newcomb via the class 3 east face. From there I returned to Crabtree Pass and gained the Sierra Crest climbing Discovery Pinnacle from the south. I intercepted the trail and hiked up Mt. Whitney. On the way back I also climbed Keeler Needle, Crooks Peak, Third Needle, Aguille Extra, Aguille du Paquoir and Mt. Muir. A long day in a very beautiful area. 14.5h car to car.
Climbed solo from Arc Pass. I bivied at Sky Blue Lake the night before and headed for the pass at 3:30am, allowing me to experience the first rays of light on the Whitney complex. Near the top of the talus slope, I traversed to the right across the chute in order to reach the notch. Then I followed Secors guide and found the ledge leading around the west side where I saw a large cairn. From there, I went strait to the summit. I was shocked to find the summit reg had actually been placed directly on the summit block which is hardly enough room for a few rocks to keep it from falling off. I was abliged to leave a new SPS log book for future visitors.
My climb will be part of a video documentary featuring "Artist's in the Backcountry," produced by the Sequoia Parks Foundation, which has yet to be released.
I could see everything from there!
Day 9 of the 2004 Sierra Challenge. Climbed with Bob & Michael.
McAdie-Mallory-Irvine loop via Consultation Lake and Arc Pass. A great climb. I'd highly recommend going directly to the notch from arc pass (easy, well-ducked class 3 ledges) and then heading straight up from the notch. If you look, there's a class 3 route, but lots of fun class 4 as well. Nice peak!
First ascent for McAdie this year with Gordon and John (first timer climber!) Tricky snow ascent up Arc Pass made us avoid the Secor route up the chute. Climbed north side of middle peak (Class 4!) to meet up with the Secor route. Long but very rewarding day. Trip Report and Pictures