We started up at what we thought was the end of a storm but there ended being a few more days of snowing. We left the trailhead at 5 AM and got to the top of Sheperd Pass at 5 pm with 3 feet of snow on the ground that really slowed our hike. Woke up with more fresh snow the next morning to Summit and went up postholing to the base of Tyndall. We climbed right up the North rib which was really slippery with a few feet of snow covering the steep rock. Summit was awesome overhanging on 2 sides.
Too bad I got the biggest blisters of my life on this fun little peak. We rode the ridge from the saddle all the way to the top, an elegant if inefficient route. No Mt. Williamson for me. Still worth it. Of the two, this one is prettier. And it has part of my heels on it now.
First of 3 peaks for the day. Climbed with Tracie under perfect weather; so fun! We parted ways at the base and I took off for more peaks to fill up my day.
Started to the right of North Rib and followed a use trail that led us too far west on the Northwest Ridge. The traverse got Class 4 so we down climbed to traverse the slabs and regain the rib.
follow up to our west face williamson climb the day prior. lost the route up the north rib and wound up...somewhere. downclimbed then traversed over to get back on route.
I started up Tyndall on Sunday, the 29th at six p.m. from Shepherds Pass and made it to just below the summit ridge by eight o'clock, and turned back, as I'd be descending in the dark if I continued. So the next day three of us went up the right hand side of the rib, which put us on the summit ridge with a few obstacles to by pass, then came down the other side of the rib (would be the right side looking at it from below), finally traversing over slabs to the ascent side about mid-way down. There was still a large patch of snow above 13000', but the view of the Sierra from the summit showed how really dry the area is already. Worst drought in hundreds of years, I've read.
From Shepard Pass.
The day after climbing Williamson, packed up from campsite at Williamson Bowl, left w/ packs at 8am. Dropped packs below the rib, hiked up the rib, then left at the top, to the summit. Camp at bowl-Tyndall summit-Shephard Pass-Trailhead in 10 hours. W/ Andy.
Climbed up the north rib again with "Bob Langley". Had to time the climb between storms. Then hiked back to the trail head and stuffed our faces full of nasty pizza.
After moving camp from Wright Lakes basin to Shepherd Pass we headed up the North Rib for an afternoon climb on a clear day. Made the classic mistake of heading to the wrong notch, but did enjoy the airy view down the south side from the top! Traversed across the slabs to the correct notch and quickly gained the summit. Perfect climbing weather, great views, and I'll be back for Williamson someday...
Climbed en route to Williamson. Loved it! North rib is FUN! I felt that the rib proper is class 2, with plenty of options on either side to add spice. The slabs are solid, fun and clean, found it both faster and more exciting to ascend via slabs. Exit to ridge was intuitive and short trek to summit was enjoyable. Car to summit in just under 6, then to Williamson summit, just under 11. Car-to-Tyndall-to-Williamson-to-car 18 hours. SP Josh you are a f@&$n animal!
Climbed the nice 3rd class N. Rib w/ Darren, Sung, Gary Stuebe and his daughters. Horseback approach.
Easy scramble to the top with Chad.
Stayed to the middle-right of the rib going up for a bomber 3rd class ascent. Lots of fun!
Fun route with my brother Ed.
Fun mid-morning ascent up the North Rib--classic sierra granite. Great to be on top for my 32nd birthday and look across the bowl to Mt Williamson--our goal for the next day.
Climbed with my father AND his samoyed dog. My first 14'er.
Shepard's pass is a pretty brutal day-hike. I ascended the Northwest Ridge which is long and unexciting. The more direct route from the 2nd lake (east of the ridge) is a much better way to go.
Didn't have a good info on how to exit from the Rib to the summit ridge, but hundreds of footsteps at the very top of the Rib (at its left side as you go up) guided me nicely. The register is completely full; whoever goes there next, please bring another notebook! Took me 5 and a half hours (including a long stay at the top) for the entire trip, from a base camp at Shepherd Pass. Did Williamson the next day.
From Anvil Camp, ice on rib, Duane's first big peak. very slippery nearly lost Duane on ice.