Slog above the mine, but nice views of Owens Valley.
An unenjoyable scramble up mostly loose scree from the mine. Great views partially compensated for the slog.
Climbed a year ago. The only thing I have written in my notes is "really loose sucky scree". The views were nice, but I'm not sure I'm in a hurry to go back.
Robin and I actually got an early start for this one - mainly to ensure we got back in time for chinese food. Nice long dayhike. The views from the top were slightly sullied by a thick haze, but were impressive nonetheless.
Done over three days. Nice slog. Nice Bivy.
On an SPS trip with 8 others. See my pictures at
nice ski descent
Nice walk filled with some historical interest. The climb from the mine is really crappy scree and loose talus.
Challenging day. Used crampon for a 500 vertical foot section on the way up, and glissaded about 1200 vertical feet on the way down. Talus tip-toeing and class 3 sections caused me to continuously repeat to my self, "patience"! Slow and steady made this climb work for me. Climbed solo, saw one other party. On the way down found I had moved to far South was dropping into the South face with it's exposed gullies - had to climb back up and north to regain the S.W. ridge.
Perfect conditions turned around at 12,500' because of time.
Dayhiked up north ridge on snow most of the way. Made huge mistake not bringing snowshoes- postholed up to armpits on way back down. Live and learn.
Liked the climb -- if only to see the remains of the Tungstar Mine
Both are entertaining hikes, but the riding in Elderberry Canyon is the best of all. Go early and get good snow. Both routes are way doable in a day by a fit person and it doesn't feel like all the verticle it's hyped up to be ; unless you're riding good snow the whole way down......
Really not as bad a slog as I'd expected, with superb views at the top.
Actually ran into two other groups climbing the same day. 3x
Snow and weather conditions prevented skiing from the ridge proper, but got a nice run in anyway from the bottom of the amphitheater below the bowl. Really nice, beautiful, huge canyon.
Climb was a bit of a slog - spirits were buoyed when I discovered 8-10 beers that had been left behind in snowbank near camp. After confirming that they were abandoned , a nearby neighbor and I enjoyed the brew. we packed the empties out the next day - sometimes "leave no trace" has it's rewards.
Hit the snow line at around 8,000'. Spent the night at 10,000'. Too windy to set up tent or cook dinner. Had a pretty good case of AMS going in the morning but decided to go up anyway. Hid behind a large exposed rock to cut through the overhanging cornice. Then the long slog to the summit. The snow had softened up considerably by the time I came down again. I slipped passing back down through the cornice and my ice axe self-belay pulled through the soft snow. I fell about 10 feet into the soft snow right below the cornice and started sliding down the gentle slope. Snow was way too soft for effective self-arrest but I did manage to slow down quite a bit and eventually came to a complete stop right at the edge of an exposed talus pile. Good glissades the rest of the way down. Great view but definitely a slog.
One of the great ski descents in the Sierra!