Enjoyed the long class 3 slabs with really comfortable holds which got me away from any loose rock. Last day of the Sierra Challenge, did this instead of Junction.
Car to car. Wow that trail gets long towards the end.
The approach was grueling, the North Rib was great! We made base camp at the Pothole so that we didn't have to haul gear up Shepards Pass.
An enjoyable scramble. Over-estimated the time it would take to summit from camp at the pass, so my partner and I arrived on top at 0420 and had to sit and freeze until near sunrise when we finally gave up and decided to head down without sunrise summit shots.
Daytrip form Shepherd's Pass Trailhead.
Started out as a day hike attempt to get at Williamson before the goats get it. But there was too much snow in the bowl and on the face and we had some unexperienced climbers in the group, so we bagged Tyndall instead, my 3rd time. Still a long day hike. Still some snow on the top of the north rib near the ridge, but not a problem, will be gone in a couple days.
Very enjoyable scramble. I stayed after climbing NE ridge of Williamson with Kris and Scott and soloed this - good excuse for not descending Shepherd Pass trail at night... 3 hrs roundtrip to the base of the climb.
Very enjoyable ascent on the North Rib (1.5 hours), easy scrambling and decent friction, although we were only on slabs maybe 20% of the time. Snow field at top was much easier than it looked from Shepherd's Pass, but an ice ax was highly useful. Descended via NW Ridge, which took twice the time of our ascent. Then made it back to SP trailhead in 5 hours. Cannot understate how tedious NW rdige descent was.
Great conditions on the North Rib. Slab was dry and very solid. Short 50ft snow field near the top, very sun cupped and easy steps. Did not use crampons, though an axe was comforting. Highly recommended.
Climbed with Jim on the fourth blue bird day of our trip. The summit ridge traverse had a few icy spots and there was a slight breeze but otherwise the conditions were ideal. Signed summit register and spent 15 minutes marvelling how much snow had been dumped on the southern Sierra this year. But for the warm weather our climb of Williamson and Tyndall took place over winter snow conditions. Huge avalanche debris field in Symmes creek.
Dayhiked up Shepherd Creek to Williamson Creek and across Williamson Bowl. Shepherd Creek all melted out and miserable. Endless wildrose tore pants and flesh to ribbons. Summited in blizzard conditions. Hiked out in snowstorm coated with ice. Doesn't get any better for a masochist.
Seems more like class 3 where the NW route joins the summit ridge. Climbed in conjuction with Williamson. Shepherd's Pass isn't too bad, just a long hike!
Great climb -- climbed riblet west of N Rib up to NW ridge. Came down N Rib and granite slabs next to it (good friction for down climbing)
We came up from the Shepards pass camp. Another beautiful Sierra day. This is why God made mountains
As I recall during this time period there was less backcountry traffic. I had been up Shepards Pass a couple of years earlier, but only 2 in our party climbed the peak because of snow and they had the proper gear. 2 years later we summited and I recall only a handfull of entrys in the summit log over that time period.
Climbed with buddy Myron. Fun climb - regretted not taking North Rib.
Very easy, intact class 3. Came all the way from from Sheperd's Pass trialhead in a day. 8500 ft of elevation gain..but I somehow did it with no problem. Made to within 50 ft. of the top. Hail and gnarly lightning scared us off quick.
A very nice climb, the slabs on either side of the rib had great friction. This is probably the easiest California class 3 route I've tried.
While camped at the small lake near Shepherd's Pass I scrambled up the bolder-filled ridge. A few loose ones gave me some scares. Great view of Williamson from the top.
Couldn't find a class 2 route up the northwest side. Descended the North Rib.Junction Peak in the morning, Tyndall in the afternoon, from camp at Shepherd pass. Fine view on top.