I set off solo from the Shepherd Pass trailhead at 3:00 AM and arrived at SP at 7:20 AM. I first climbed Mount Tyndall on an easy line just to the right of the North Rib, mainly on slabs, then traversed left to the top of the rib and onto the summit ridge. I reached the summit at 9:40 AM and descended the same route. At the bottom of the rib, I turned right and descended into the Williamson Bowl. Boulder-hopping across the Bowl was not pleasurable. Beginning the West Face Route, I stayed slightly left of a/the black stain. To avoid the worst of the talus in the chute, I stayed left on more solid rock for about the first half and right for the second. I made it to the summit of Williamson at 2:55 PM. Since it was 15 July, I was probably the last to summit before the end of Williamson’s ‘regular’ climbing season. I returned to SP and then to the trailhead, arriving back at my car at 8:45PM. This trip started as an attempt at the CA 14ers record.
Tom Donnelly and I started out from camp at the first lake above Shepherd Pass at 5:30 AM. Mike and Deborah had started about 30 min. before us. Tom summited about 7:30 and I made it about 8:00 AM. Mike and Deborah soon joined us. Since we were planning on doing Mt. Williamson too, no time was wasted on the summit. By the time I reached the summit register, Tom had gained a couple of pinnacles along the ridge to the SE. I returned via the ascent route for the trek across Williamson Bowl. JM.
The North Rib has great rock to go up and down. Cool summit boulder. Took two hours to get from the summit of Williamson to Tyndals.
North rib was a good route. Mostly class 2 with some class three (and 4 if you so choose near the top of the rib). 14'er number seven.
Ascended the Northwest Ridge, descended the North Rib - my advice: dont waste time on the ridge route, its terrible, take the North Rib, its fun and direct, an excellent hike. PICS
Ascended Northwest Ridge, encountering fun Class 2 most of the way. Descended west directly to Wright Lakes, which turned out to be very loose in places.
Hiked from the car to summit and return the same way the same day. Also, did a side trip to see some Bighorn Sheep on Willy mountain. Saw no hikers above Anvil Camp.
Left for an evening ascent up the west rib from Shepherd Pass. Summited at 8pm as the sun went down. Descended the north rib.
Left from Anvil Camp at 9am, saying goodbye to my girlfriend. Below Shepherd Pass a group of climbers told me to turn around because of the new snow. Very windy on top of the pass, proceeded to the North Rib. Spent a lot of time scrambling up boulders, arrived around noon. Descend the same way, but, continued all the way back to the car.
Dayhiked on a perfect Saturday with bearbnz. Wore my Nike sandals the whole time, as the North Rib is very low angle. Winds on the Pass were a bit chilly, as were those on the summit. Barry was feeling pretty sick---the worst of the summer---so we took it easy. CTC in 13:05. Oh yeah, this was the final 14'er of our 2002 California 14'ers dayhiking tour!
Shepherds Pass is a long way up there. Climbed with Matt and Mike
After summitting Mt Williamson in the morning, I got back to camp around 1:00pm after crossing all the talus on the Williamson Bowl. While resting on camp, my buddy mdostby convinced me to attempt Tyndall that same day. I rested for 2 hours and then at 3:00pm I started hiking towards the North Rib. Got off route after 1/2 way up. I ended up further north (climber's right) on the ridge. I had to do some class 4 sections with exposure. Now I know when people say your adrenelin is pumping. Finally managed to cross the hairy section for me on the ridge and dropped down a bit to the right (west) to connect with the NW ridge route. Reached the summit at 4:19pm. Stayed there only 5 minutes. All Tyndall summit registers up there are full. Someone else needs to bring a new one. I was able to find the correct North Rib route for the descent. Got back to camp at 5:30pm.
Did this climb with Patrick Mathis and Fiona Warren. We camped at Anvil Lake and made a late start for the Summit. The heat getting over Shepards Pass killed the excitement for Pat and Fionna. They kept on but both gave up near Mid Mountain. I maintained up the Northwest side directly in front of the lake as you come over Shepards pass. The wind is really strong when you finally hit the ridge. Feels like you stuck your head out the car window going 70mph- you lose your breath. Anyway- Made my way to the Summit by 3:00 or so. I was dehydrated and cold as my two friends had the supplies. So I hung out. Had a coupel locals from Independance take my picture and laugh at me for being at 1400+ in a tank top and shorts with no water. They were cool though, they took my picture and spared a drink. Bailed down the path I took up and made it back to Anvil camp by 7:30pm. Fiona had altitude sickness pretty bad I found out when returning. So acclimate if you aren't used to high backcountry.
This was a fun climb up from Shepard Pass and Anvil Lake. The low clouds and distant lightning made it interesting, but it didn't hold a candle to Williamson the next day.
Slept below anvil camp, then backpacked up to Shepard pass. Set up camp in the afternoon, scoped Tyndall and decided for a quick try. Hence, we were, once again, alone on the summit, seeing as it was late in the day.
North Rib with Nick Clyma. There was still quite a lot of snow on the North Face of Tyndall in late May; enough that two skiers skied down the North Rib route. This route is an easy, non-technical way to reach the top. An ice axe and crampons are necessary early in the year however given the exposure of a 1500 foot, 45 degree angled face. A slip from the upper reaches of the North Rib would ruin your day.
The views from the top were outstanding. If your bagging all the 14K foot peaks in CA., be sure to do Williamson on the same trip. Hiking up and down Shepherd's Pass is a long and arduous affair.
The hardest part of this climb was getting over Shepherd Pass in the heat of July, & surviving a mosquito infested night at Anvil Camp. On day-2, after reaching the pass, we put our packs down at what looked like a fair campsite & proceeded to climb Tyndall. This was a much more direct shot at the summit than the standard Northwest Ridge route. From the top we were able to get a good look at our next objective the following day, Mt. Williamson!
This was the twelfth summit of my CA 14er speed climbing tour! Check out the trip report here.
Started from Anvil Camp then to the summit of Mount Williamson, then cross the bowl to the base of Tyndall. I ascended up a no-name chute (class 4/5), adventually running into the NW Rib Route. I reached the summit around 6:05 pm. Back in Anvil Camp at 8:35 pm. Partial cloudy day. No snow on the NW Face. Rock was solid with many hand holds.
Solo, single-day, car-to-car ascent of both Williamson and Tyndall. This is loooong day. It took me 15.5 hours to do the trek, and I was cruising at a pretty good pace the whole time. By my estimates, the round trip is approximately 30 miles with 12,000 - 14,000 ft of elevation gain, depending on what level of detail you choose to look at (yeah, yeah, don't get fractal on me).
I started at my car at 3:30am. Groggy and tired from the previous day's Muir-Whitney-Russell traverse, I made my way up to Shepherds Pass. From the Pass, I continued west to the Northwest Ridge of Tyndall. Up that, then down Tyndall's Class 3 North Rib (a.k.a. Sierra Crest Rib). A hellish traverse across Williamson Bowl was next, then up eternal talus slopes and Class 3 rock to the summit of Williamson. Back to the car at 7pm.