Deb and I had an exciting time completing Fishhook. Quality rock, awesome exposure, a variety of climbing (from steep face climbing to chimney follies) and fantastic views of the steep features around us, including Whitney's north face. Best part of it all......I shared it with an amazing partner. Gotta hand it to her.....she suffered right along with me during those first 3 pitches of bone chilling cold winds funneling up through the arete and the main SW wall. BRRRRRR!! My personal highlights: Pitch #1 (great crack climbing all the way to the top of the pitch) and Pitch #5 (Deb led that pitch.....I was jealous!). Supertopo book gives it 5-stars......well, I'm a bit tough when it comes to "5-star" rating. I'll give it a 4-star. : )
This climb I personally dedicate to the memory of Bruce Bindner (aka 'Brutus Of Wyde), my dear friend and mentor. You were there with me every step of the way Bro!
Awsome exposure! Great day and had great weather. My first car to car trip. Man was I burnt out!!
10th CA 14ner - great views of Whitney.
East Ridge, Awesome!
Great climb! My first solo venture on 3rd. class. The ridge was a bit dicey since there was still some snow patches on the N. side of the ridge from a recent dusting. Made the slabs right before the E. summit a little tricky, but overall an amazing ridge and got to enjoy it to myself as there was no body else on the mountain all day!
Amazing view and exposure.
Jeff Bance and I climbed this awesome route in 9 pitches, following the SuperTopo description. The first pitch was an exciting way to start with a pretty big run-out and the early-morning cold only added to the excitement. Otherwise, really fun, exposed climbing on awesome rock. We climbed the route in about 5.5 hours and descended back to our camp at Iceberg Lake in a little over an hour. Hiked out the same day and had dinner at the French restaurant in Independence before driving to SLC. This route was a great end to my 2008 summer season.
Left Santa Ana at 4AM, summited at 3PM, back home by 10:30PM. Tough day, not recommended.
Great solo route from Upper Boy Scout lake. Loved the exposure!
Whitney Portal - Lower/Upper Boy Scout Lake - Rockwell Variation - East Ridge
Great route and 1st 14'er for my buddy Manu who did great.
Fun dayhike, wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
Climbed the East Ridge from Upper Boy Scout Lake with several CMC members. Great climb, will definitely do it again one day. We successfully missed all the 4th of July traffic on the mountain as we were one of only two parties on the route.
Standard route of N Fork to Carillon saddle ILO Rockwell variation climbed the first time - the only variation from the normal route seemed like loose talus instead of loose sand, so 2 steps up, 1 step back instead of 2 steps up, 2 steps back - to saddle and on to East Ridge. A great reminder this is so much better than work!
Climbed with Vendulka from UBSL, a great ridge climb with a real alpine feel to it and not a single other soul on the mountain.
Thought this was a class three. Well, not for me. The ridge was just too exposed to feel comfortable on a solo trip.
Once more Jim reminds me to sign in. Went up the Rockwell, down the scree as a day hike from the Portal, accompanied by BW and 4 tough women. Great trip. Really not that bad if you stay on route, but becomes exposure-creepy off-route.
CLIMBED SOLO VIA EAST RIDGE...GREAT CLIMB AFTER DOING CARILLON FROM SADDLE ABOVE UPPER BOY SCOUT LAKE
Continues to be one of my favorite ridges in the Sierras...beautiful views!
East Ridge twice... awesome route!