Our usual alpine start (1:30pm) - check.
Loose rock and steep scree slopes - check.
Bushwhacking through sage and scrub - check.
Yup, all the elements were in place for an afternoon of fun with Robin. We managed the route in 6.5 hours car to car, which unfortunatly meant that Amigos was closed by the time we got there. Oh well. Amazingly, we were the first people to sign the register in over three weeks.
Got it this time! Mark (ming21) and I came back for our 2nd attempt on Morrison (our 1st attempt defeated by snow conditions). Again we started up from Convict Lake at 5:08am. This time the snow had consolidated and it was cooler. We summited at 10:13am. Glissaded down the East Variation (hanging valley) and then bushwacked our way down to Convict Lake arriving back at the trailhead by 1:15pm.
Climbed with ming21 (Mark). Worst snow climb ever for me. Got only an hour of sleep at the Convict Lake trailhead because fishermen were driving all night long since 2:30am (it was the first day of opening season....aghhh). Also, came in from LA with a sore throat and small cold. Got up anyway and started walking by 6:11am. Reached the base of the East Slope climb by 8:30am or so. Lots and lots of snow. Rested for about half hour and started up. Had to put snowshoes. After reaching the 10,900-foot saddle from the East Variation (hanging valley), I encountered the "worst" snow that I've climbed so far on: totally a 7/11 slurpy, unconsolidated, very wet snow, total soup. Mark and I were sinking to our waists. Took a long time just to travel a few hundred feet. Extremely warm (est. around 80 degrees F). We tried climbing some loose rock to avoid the unconsolidated and very warm snow soup. We did a spicy traverse between 11,600' and 11,700'. At 11,700 feet (just before noon), we stopped to look at 3 naturally-trigger wet avalanches happening in front of our eyes on the final slope to the summit. That's when we said enough and got that hell out of there! If we got caught in one of those cement slides, it would the last of us. I think the extremely hot day caused many slides in the Sierra. Got back to Convict Lake by 2:40pm. Now I have to go back and finish Morrison at some other time.
Fun climb. Did it again in 2004 & 2009
Solo twice in winter
Solo climb. I took the gully that travals beneth the NE face, spectacular. Got caught in a serious bushwhack snag on the way down the normal route, just above the lake.
Climbed w/ Lara- yet another Sierra epic. Started approximately 10.15 from day-use parking.
Great weather, wonderful day to be in the Sierra! Taking our time, summited @ 17.34, LJ perhaps 10 min later. Hung out on summit far too long, indulging in some herbage & taking in the incredible views, esp. of Laurel Mtn, Bloody Mtn, even Mono Lake in the distance! Views S were great, too, but was unfamiliar w/ most of the immediate peaks in that direction. Departed @ 18.44. Veering slightly R (S) wasted valuable time, as we had to traverse over steep (thin layer of) scree-laden slopes to get back to the normal ridge/'trail.' By the time we attained the saddle where the route diverges from the standard E Slope, it was close to dark & the snow that would have been incredible to glissade down earlier had hardened to the point where this would be uncomfortable.
Views of Laurel Mtn, Morrison, & Torre de Miedra in the cloud-spattered moonlight were awesome, as well as the lightning flashes from somewhere E, on the other side of the mountain! Got back late. Great day up perhaps the most spectacular pile of scree I've climbed!
Hiked up the canyon east of the peak then up the steep, rubbly slope directly to the notch where the northeast ridge meets the peak. From there, we headed south a bit, then zigzagged up narrow, scree-covered ledges to the summit. A large snowpatch just below the top kept things interesting. Descended to the notch, then traversed north to the top of Peak 11,108. Slid down the east side of that one to regain the floor of the canyon. The climbing was loose and not very enjoyable, but the views were quite nice. I'd do it again.
Climbed this long before I was in summit post. Made this a two day hike just for the fun of it. Got caught in a shale landslide on the way down. Got a little cut up but no big deal. Great hike.
Mike Boyer and I attempted this during a warm spell in early March. We made it about two-thirds of the way up before Mike began feeling the effects of AMS. We didn't make the summit, but it was a spectacular outing. Lousy rock, though.
The SE scramble is a nice day outing. More fun in the winter though. It was a nice loop to traverse the summit ridge (watch out for the loose easy 5th near the South West summit). We were able to work down to the convict canyoun trail from the south summit with out much difficulty.
First climb for brother and I. He swore off mountaineering for ten years or more because of this little nightmare. Of course we were just kids when we did it.
Fun hike with fantastic views.
Had great weather most of the day. I detoured into easy class 3 toward the top and managed to avoid some of the loose stuff. On the way down I scrambled up and over Peak 11,100 along the ridge.
My first major Sierra Pk
Fun outing--although the ridge wasn't as exciting as expected, most of it no more than class 2. Although a bit loose, the rock wasn't really much worse than the stuff I found on Clyde Minaret or Rodgers Peak.
As loose scrambles go, this is a fun one. The wind was blowing pretty good which kept things chilly, but at least the sun was out. Took a return trip up and over Mono Jim on Morrison's northeast side. Trip Report
Scrambled up loose ribs. Several small avalanches in the gullies on this side. Nice ski down the hanging valley!
The hanging valley seemed to drag on forever and was very tiring. We reached the confluence of the Hanging valley / East Slope, but we were bombarded by clouds and rain. We didn't reach the summit, and descended down the slope on the other side of peak 10,858. A very long descent this way, especially through the wind and rain.