Day hike from Shepherd Pass Trail Head. A big shout to those who built and maintain this trail to Shepherd Pass. It is not the easiest trail to hike on, but it is in good shape. I hope same people will pay attention to the Red Lake trail. As far as summiting Tyndall, the North Rib has nothing to qualify it as class 3. More like class 2 scramble. As far as finding the "gate", I had absolutely no issue going right to it: it is visible from most of the ascent, especially when getting close to it. The summit block though is not an easy rock to stand on. Long hike (27 miles) and long day (14:30 hours - 4:30 AM to 7:00 PM)
A nice romp up the north rib. Got back to camp as the skies opened.
Summitted in three day backpacking trip with my girlfriend. Camped at Anvil. It was a great campspot with lots of tree cover and a lot of spots, but there was an enormous group there. They must have ignored permits, there were like 30 of them.
Day 2, we summited via the North Rib. After summitting, we traversed the ridge over to the class 2 northwest ridge to go down.
The northwest ridge, I will admit is not that steep, but the rocks are smaller and more like talus most the way, it didn't feel very solid, and the ridge you cross to get from the summit to the northwest ridge is a little sketchy... especially if you are looking for an easy way down for those who are not comfortable with class 3+... I'd just be careful here.
Long 10 hour day for both summits of Williamson and Tyndall. Stop at one of the glacier lakes for a quick dip in. Very refreshing for the second climb and get back to Anvil Camp.
If Shepard pass wasn't enough of a ball buster, this was pretty challenging for Class 3.
Stick to the spine, if you go too far to the right there are no good holds and the rock is smooth and slippery. The spine has good holds all the way to the top. Once I neared the top I went in from one notch to the right of the "gate" but not an issue because once on the ridge it is simple boulder hopping...the other side is a nice gradual slope. I took the "gate" down and wondered how I had missed it...
Ascended/descended via the North Rib. On the way up, I stayed left until 300' below the ridge, and then traversed right onto the slabs. Ended up gaining the ridge via the *right* notch, not the left - I didn't find it very exposed, definitely not 5th class. Descended on the slabs on climber's right for a smooth walk down. Sticky rubber helps a lot here.
Per the heading, I also lost my lucky red OR windshell somewhere along the rib/summit ridge. Jacket was stuffed into its own pocket, so it'll appear grey and rectangular. If you find it, I'll be super grateful - please PM me for return deets + postage + [your favorite baked goodies].
[UPDATE - my jacket has been found! Muchos gracias to SP user 0ddball.]
This was a bit of a heartbreak for me. I attempted to solo day hike Tyndall's NW Rib from Owens Valley via Shepherd's Pass and failed. Hit the trailhead at 2:55am, made it to the pass by 7:30am. Got to the base of the rib and made my way up the class 3 rib. At ~13,400' I encountered a pretty exposed slabby section that made me uncomfortable. Looking up toward the crest of the rib I noticed a large icy section that I heard was the crux of the route. Given my discomfort with the slabs at ~13,400' I decided to call it quits. ~24.5 miles and 11hr27 min (car to car) for a failed attempt. All this being said it was a great day out in the mountains.
Date uncertain. Several climbers, including Louis Reichardt, Jim Morrisy, Kathy Licking, and women climbers that would later be on the first all women's ascent of the Denali West Buttress route, hiked up the trail to camp in the snow east of Shepards pass. The next day we climbed the snow on the north face of Mt. Tyndall. The summit register indicated that there had been a previous winter ascent. On descent one of the women, Dana, lost her footing and fell from high on the north face to the snowfield below the face. She was later evacuated by helicopter.
Started at Shepherd pass trailhead a little after 2am. First climbed Williamson and then Tyndall on the return towards Shepherd pass. Back to the car around 9pm.
Solo climb from the JMT. Class 3.
Straightforward route-finding and quality rock. Enjoyed taking every opportunity to scamper up slabs instead of hopping over talus. Very easy day from Shepherd Pass.
Long dayhike with the Sierra Challenge folks.
The north rib was the most enjoyable route we climbed during a 5 day trip with Boisedoc. Really fun scramble. Trip Report
after getting turned back on the Northwest ridge 16 years ago due to route finding issues, I was able to get back to summit this peak. The north rib is MUCH more straightforward than the northwest ridge. Overall a fun route that is class 3 at worst (and probably class 2 by Sierra standards). Good times with SuperDave.
Trip report and GPX file here: http://peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=552816
With R. Renteria from camp at Shepherd Pass. Solid route, quick climb.
On a fourteener tour, and after cutting my teeth on Williamson, thought I'd make quick work of Tyndall. I climbed up the cracks and ledges system of the Second Rib, and then traversed just under the ridge for 500m until the notch leading to the summit plateau. Great climbing, it just gets harder the farther towards the nose you are, and it would be great to do this one again.
Unsuccessful attempt with Mike Chen - snow was 1-2 ft thick which made it treacherous to climb the steeper parts