Mount Tyndall Climber's Log

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Ben FR - Feb 6, 2018 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2017

NW Rib

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.


wdimpfl - Dec 22, 2017 5:45 am Date Climbed: Feb 15, 1970

Winter Ascent  Sucess!

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.

utclimber - Aug 17, 2017 10:18 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2017

Williamson/Tyndall dayhike  Sucess!

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.


Harvest - Aug 15, 2017 3:55 am Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2016

NW Rib   Sucess!

Solo climb from the JMT. Class 3.

ljwoodw - Jul 10, 2017 6:10 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2017

North Rib from Shepherd Pass  Sucess!

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.


dpsiebert - Sep 5, 2016 11:59 pm

North Rib  Sucess!

Long dayhike with the Sierra Challenge folks.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Sep 3, 2016 9:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2016

North Rib  Sucess!

The north rib was the most enjoyable route we climbed during a 5 day trip with Boisedoc. Really fun scramble. Trip Report


boisedoc - Aug 30, 2016 12:27 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2016

north rib  Sucess!

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.


pBerg - Aug 10, 2016 4:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2015

North Rib  Sucess!

Trip report and GPX file here:


Romain - Jul 15, 2016 2:07 am Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2010

North rib  Sucess!

With R. Renteria from camp at Shepherd Pass. Solid route, quick climb.


SchwartzOn - Jul 15, 2016 12:52 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2016

Second North Rib Traverse  Sucess!

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.


gordonye - Jul 8, 2016 2:46 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2015

Snowy attempt

Unsuccessful attempt with Mike Chen - snow was 1-2 ft thick which made it treacherous to climb the steeper parts

Dan Wiedrich

Dan Wiedrich - Jun 10, 2016 6:05 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2016

Northwest Ridge  Sucess!

This turned into a three night backpack for my daughter, age 19, and I, age 53.
Day 1: we had a late start, it took us 4 hours to hike up to the 9,000' saddle to camp.
Day 2: it took us 9 hours to hike to a camp above Shephard Pass. We used ice axes and crampons for the snowfield below the pass. Crampons weren't needed but we used them anyway.
Day3: it took us 12 hours roundtrip to reach the summit from hihg camp. Some routefinding was needed to keep it to class 3 rock for the final ridge.
Day4: 9.75 hours to hike back to the trailhead.


Fairweather - Oct 14, 2015 12:08 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014

Tyndall / Junction   Sucess!

Climbed Tyndall via N. Rib, and Junction Peak from Diamond Mesa.
Fun day from Anvil Camp with Todd.
Last of the CA 14ers for me.


edsaxe - Jun 14, 2015 3:20 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2015

Lots of Snow  Sucess!

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.


charitydominic - Oct 30, 2014 6:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2007

I left my heels on Mt. Tyndall  Sucess!

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.


Deb - Aug 25, 2014 8:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2014

North Rib  Sucess!

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.


DukeJH - Jul 14, 2014 2:58 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014

North Rib with Detour  Sucess!

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.


bscott - Jul 13, 2014 4:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014

t/w  Sucess!

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.


jdmorehouse - Jul 1, 2014 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2014

Up one side, down the other  Sucess!

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.

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