Started at the Convict Lake parking lot and proceeded South...bushwhacked our way to the East Slope confluence with Mono Jim. Summited and enjoyed the view.
Great climb. I was turned away by a thunderstorm in 2003 and thus was my last attempt at the summit...until now! Finally got it. Descended down the Variation(in between Mono Jim and Morrison)...boy that hanging valley seems to drag on forever.
Dayhiked from Convict Lake, with Tang. Always a pleasure to be in this area. With the exception of the very first 10 minutes, the approach and route finding was smooth sailing. Terrain a bit loose on e slope, though not as bad as I had imagined.
Went up a mixed snow and rock route on the east slope, one the way down went a bit more south to avoid the steeper loose sections and was able to glisade about 90% of the route. Beautiful weather, finally a weekend without hi winds. Excellent climb with a great group!
With Daren and SMG crew. What and adventure! Loose rock scrambling up the ridge, with a completely snow covered descent of the eastern slopes. (last time I hit this summit was in '75?)
camped at Convict Lake. Left camp at 6:30 and 9 hours later our party of nine climbers summitted via the dangerously loose but spectacular NW ridge, a 4600' ascent from camp. We climbed all the way on the ridge proper and climbed much 3rd class and possibly some 4th, along with some snow. Only recommended for parties with a strong stomach for exposure and chossiness. Descended E. slope. Morrison is a spectacular and deadly mountain. Viva Alpinismo!
Easy, but for some excessively wet/steep just below the summit. 'Highly recommend the hanging valley for the view it affords.
1991 with Andy Zdon author of Desert Summits
Part of the 2010 Sierra Challenge, did the two mile traverse with Sean O'Rourke. Too loose to recommend it as a worthwhile endeavor. Trip Report.
NW ridge up, descending the east way back to Convict and a gloriously chilled Pabst. A wobbler nearly threw me off the ridge, but she's not the smarmy Eiger everyone said she is.
Loose, but not as scary as from Baldwin to White Fang. Sierra Challenge.
Took the Tobacco Flats 4x4 road to it's end, then up the valley and the right side of the east slope. Secor lists the ridge to Point 3765 1/2 mile to the south as class 4, but kept it to class 2 by dropping off the ridge, still needed ax and crampons. The summit blocks are class 3, maybe class 4 if you don't go the best way as I did (true summit is to the southeast, I went up the wrong one first). Decended from the saddle 1/3 mile further to the south.
Got to about 11,000' and turned back from steep snow. had no axe or crampons. Glissaded down and settled for McGee Mtn.
The east slope variation route is both shorter and more scenic than the regular east slope.
Went up the East Slope Variation and down the East Slope route. Not much snow left on the mountain.
The trip went great until I hit the saddle between the east slope and east slope variation. From there to the top the snow was insanely soft and a pain in the bum bum to get through. I routinely asked myself why I kept going as I literally crawled through the softening snow towards the summit. Eventually I made it and had a good vessel for getting back down (a snowboard), which took me almost all the way to the top of the hill above convict lake.
Meant to go East Slope but totally missed the approach and wound up on the saddle, so rather than descend, went for the NW ridge and it was worth it. Went down the East Slope which was easier.
This was planned as a warm-up/acclimatization hike for Mt. Goethe/Mt. Lamarck in the '07 Sierra Challenge. I highly recommend ascending the hanging valley variation of the east slope. The only drawback is that it does not allow you to view the upper east slope before reaching the rock. After a slight route-finding error we summited via the left-hand bowl of the east slope. Descent was going well until my GF slipped and sliced her shin wide open, which was further antagonized on the descent by dome bushwacking. Back as the car we sealed her wound with some 3M skin strips, although I felt she should have went for 6-8 stitches. She was hurting a bit and we thus decided to punt on the Sierra Challenge for the following day. Next time I hope to hit the NW Ridge in late winter or early spring.
Did the east ridge last weekend. Just thought I'd share that the small lake in the hanging valley on the east side is dry as a bone, so if you plan on refilling water bottles there, you might be out of luck. There was still a trickle in the stream upcanyon but I don't know how much longer it will last.
The variation is a little rough because it is steeper and the trail (Sort of) does move when you step on it (Scree/Talus). Not too bad though. Next time I would go up the standard way and down the variation
watched the sun set from the summit!