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.
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.