long couple days
Long 10 hour day for both summits of Williamson and Tyndall. Stop at one of the glacier lake for a quick dip in. Very refreshing for the second climb and get back to Anvil Camp.
Read a lot about the bowl and the chute, it's as long and steep as described!
Feels amazing to reach the top of the chimney.
Hiked to Shepherd pass, summited in the morning and hiked out.
Climbed Bolton Brown Route with Sung, Gary and Darren. Shit chute until the last 100' of nice 3rd class.
A long day, but a whole lot of fun
This was a pretty arduous summit, all the way up Shepard Pass and then traversing the bowl. The final "Class 3" chimney was pretty stout, seemed like class 4 at least. In any case, definitely felt like I accomplished something getting to the top of this one.
Spring is wonderful with snow but weather can be tricky.
We accidentally took someone’s blue nylon bag with glasses, electric shaver, etc from the trailhead container on 5-28-2018. Really sorry and need to return it!! Please comment or email me: ocelo4 at gmail.com
Hiked in on Wednesday morning. Set out from the trailhead at 4:45am which felt too late. Should have started earlier. Hiked (climbed?) Williamson on Thurs. Bailed on Friday. Did not try to do Tyndall due to storms.
My UC Berkeley graduate school colleague, Chuck Mims, and I drove to the Georges Creek road's end, east of Mt Williamson, where there was a rude fisherman's trail to a pristine meadow at treelike. The next morning we continued cross country over the pass to the barren, lunar landscape past Lake Hellen of Troy to the western escarpment of Mt. Williamson, where we ascended the steep gullies to the summit. I remember remarking that I saw unusual spots in my vision, presumably from ascending to over 14,000 ft without acclimatizing. I remember Chuck saying he was experiencing the same thing. After descending the way we went up we continued to Shepards pass and down the trail back to the Owes Valley and a final "death march" skirting the alluvial fans, draining the East side of Mt. Williamson, back to our car. I had been to Shepards pass earlier when I did a winter ascent of Mt. Tyndal. Without the snow, it was interesting to see the bones of animals below the pass from the stock that didn't make it to the high country.
Started at Shepherd pass trailhead a little after 2am. Went up the wrong chute on Williamson which cost quite a bit of time, but summited at 10:50am. Climbed Tyndall next and back to the car around 9pm.
Enjoyable climb. Williamson Bowl is gorgeous, and the gully was loose, but low-angle enough that it never felt uncomfortable. Snow was hard but fine with crampons. Headed up two wrong Class 3 chutes at the end before finding the correct one (not that it's hard to find - I'm just bad at route finding). In my opinion it's most straightforward to climb all the way to the top of the Class 2 gully, then traverse over, rather than trying to choose the correct moment to leave the gully.
Great climb with Boisedoc. Between the long approach, long gully slog, and challenging chimney scramble at the end, this summit was well earned. Trip Report
the route description on summitpost is good. The main gully is a slog and not terribly fun. The chimney was thrilling enough for me- easy but awkward climbing with enough exposure to get your attention (class 3 Sierra but class 4 by most other states standards. great views and great weather
Beautiful day of climbing with Michelle Gomes and Dave Krenik, Sierra Mountaineering Club.
With R. Renteria.
After one successful scout to Anvil camp, to get an idea of distance, and then being turned back by rain at the pass on my first real go, my third attempt was success. An early hike into the Williamson Bowl, followed by an early start made this an easy climb.
Stayed to the solid rock on the main chute, avoiding scree and loose schloss. Found the climbing to be similar to Middle Palisade, not much worse. Just not much of it. Happy for all the 2nd class. Climbed in cool shade, to pop out on the Summit of Williamson in Sun. Great views of George Creek, Mt. Whitney and Langley, and the Great Western Divide. Climbed the Second North Rib of Mt Tyndall the following day. Hardest route I could do. Plenty of good climbing on Tyndall, for any level.
Uneventful outing up West Face until we reached the summit plateau. Then the storm moved in, and we were in a cloud, with rain and hail. The lighting held off until we were nearly at the top. With Todd, Devin, and Scott.
Climbed the West Face route with David and Dennis. Holy cow this route is chossy, especially the 400ish feet prior to the chimney. It holds its own with Cascade volcano choss. If anyone asks if I'm interested in climbing the West Face of Williamson in the future, my simple answer is "Never Again". Now a winter spliboard descent of the East side might get my interest.
This beast is hard to access and a climb you'll remember and maybe even want to forget