Matthew and I went out to dayhike Williamson and Tyndall. While he went to Williamson, I went after Tyndall and Versteeg. The traverse to Versteeg from Tyndall was far more difficult than I had expected. Trip Report
First peak on what would prove to be a long day. This is a very solid route, I can't imagine why people would rather climb the NW ridge. Decended to Wright lakes via south slope, an annoyingly loose talus hop that I will never do again.
Tagged this summit in 1 hour 2 minutes from the base of the rib on the hike out from Williamson Bowl. Fun class 3 slab/rock climbing.
Great route, not at all technical. It was my first 14'er, and when my tripmates told me it would be a long trek in, they were not kidding. Probably not the ideal first 14'er for someone brand new to backpacking. Mosquitoes at Anvil Camp were nasty!
Had a great time climbing up on the crest of the NW ridge (thinking it was the North Rib). As I neared the junction between the NW and W ridge it became difficult to stay on the crest. After a few moves exceeding class 3 I jumped off the ridge to the right and then scrambled up to the gendarme at the ridge junction. I went around this gendarme on the left and then jumped over to the righthand side of the ridge on the way up to the summit. On the way down I climbed on what I later realized was the North Rib.
Wow what a beautiful climb. The most rewarding to-date for me! Climbed with rgreene up the North Rib and found the friction on the slabs to be excellent. Lots of great holds on the Class three rock. Made the summit from the first lake in a casual 1.5 hr. and enjoyed the views from the top for 45 min. The views of SNP, Williamson, Whitney, and the Williamson Bowl will be etched in my mind forever. Unfortunately, so will the arduous climb up the Shepherds Pass trail! 6000+ ft. of elev. gain with 60 lbs pack and 10 hours...my quads will never forgive me!
Climbed the North Rib with blmcclain. Tyndall itself and the North Rib were excellent -- really enjoyed the peak, views of Williamson, sitting on the summit high point and wondering how much falling down the 2000' exposure would hurt! The North Rib climbing is great -- I stayed mostly off the slabs to the left and followed the rocky route on the right side of the rib. Pretty straightforward and enjoyable, even for a non-climber like myself. Now, Shepherd's Pass... what a monster hike in. How do people do that in 4 hours???
This was my first 14000 foot peak.
dayhiked from the trailhead. initially, wasn't sure about the friction on the slabs to the right of the rib, so alternated between the rib and the slabs in an attempt to find a good line. higher up, stayed mostly on the slabs - decent friction and holds for most part. gained the summit ridge at a prominent gendarme by some iffy moves (this gendarme is just north of the gendarme that is at the top of the north rib). the boulder formation defining the pinnacle is cool.
Northwest Ridge on the way up, North Rib down. My first 14er! :)
2nd time up, NW ridge was the first route. Although the North Rib can appear to be a bit more intimidating from the pass, it is the way to go. It is better rock, faster, safer, and more fun. The view of Williamson from the top is incredible
A leisurely and rather enjoyable day hike, Day 8 of the 2003 Sierra Challenge. I'd climbed Cardinal Mountain via Taboose Pass the day before (a register entry there had claimed that climb to be 8200+ ft of gain, which I guess sounds about right), so I was a bit concerned that I'd run out of energy today. Instead, I felt great, and reached Shepherd Pass in four hours... I relaxed for a couple of hours waiting for the less-acclimatized folks, and we summited in a couple of hours from the pass.
The North Rib is a great route--I stayed to the right on slabs with good friction and excellent holds the whole way up. It's an easy but fun climb. I followed the NW Ridge past almost all the good scrambling on the way back to check it out, before descending the North Face to meet the rib again. The ridge has some pretty fun third class, too.
It was a nice day-hike to the summit. I left the trailhead at 2:40 am, summitted at about 11:30 am, and got back to my car by 8 PM. I tried to descend via the Northwest Ridge, but got into terrain that was much more difficult than class 2 when bypassing the minaret, so I traversed across the north slabs to go back down the North Rib.
Climbed with engineer_charley (see his entry for more details). The 10 hour RT time is from our camp at the lake by Shepherd's pass. Brought up new notebook for summit box.
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.