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
Thunderstorm at Sheperd Pass. Thick clouds on the summit. All told, a good day on the mountain.
The first of three great failed High Sierra dayhikes during the summer of 2013. Attempted as a dayhike via Shepherd Pass. Made it all the way through Williamson Bowl and up to about 13,500 before dizziness and fatigue forced me to make the wise decision to turn back. This was my very first time off trail in the High Sierra and I didn't know it yet but I was falling in love.
Did the journey with two friends. Trail Head to Shepherd Pass on day 1, Shepherd Pass to Summit and back on day 2, back to the car in 4 1/2 hours from SP to Trail Head the next morning.
The Chimney was something else, I'm not much of a rock climber myself so I had to have a friend spot me on the way down.
Registry seems in good shape, ran into about a dozen hikers on the 2 1/2 days. Lots of people staying in Anvil, probably about 6 on our way back down.
Cool climb and the Class 3 chimney is fun climbing with no more than 10 feet of exposure. Fun stuff.
the easy class 3 chimney was a blast. camped at lake 3733 for an easy day.
Solo up. Nice to get out of the smoke from the Yosemite fire burning up north. Shepherd Pass is amazing and worth the hike alone.
Solo from camp at lake 3733. Perfect weather. Cloudy, cool, and calm. One of the Sierra's best, well worth the effort.
Long approach, long boulder hop across the bowl. Short class 3 section was invigorating. W/ Andy.
Set up base camp at Shepherd Pass on 1st of 3-day trip. Went up Williamson on day 2. All landmarks were easy to find and navigation was less challenging than it is made out to be. Even the Bowl wasn't too bad. Chute is long and tedious, but eventually gives. Was ok going up the chimney; had to take my time on the way down. Exhilaration while standing on the summit taking in some sweet views. Aiming to do Tyndall on day 3, but storm had other plans and we hiked out instead.
Ascended west face via chute (from hell) wish there was a chimney from toe to summit. I thoroughly enjoyed the chimney, by far the best stretch of the ascent! Easy class 3 with plenty of protection(if middle pal is 3, this is 2 at best). The chute was long and arduous, but that was after the approach, Tyndall and the bowl so perhaps with an advanced basecamp it would be more mild. Car to summit in just under 11 hrs. Car-to-Tyndall-to-Williamson-to-pointless flat switchbacks that never end-to-car ; 18 hrs.
All in one very long (19.5 hr) day from the trailhead. Though others have said the Williamson Bowl and the class 2 chute are hellacious and unpleasant, I actually enjoyed both; but the black stain direct and the chimney were definitely the highlights of the trip (if only those sections were longer!). Williamson is a gorgeous mountain and the views from the summit are absolutely stunning.
I'll add that the author of the route description for the West Face route was very thorough and accurate. A printout of it is the only beta I brought with me to the mountain, and never once did I feel lost or confused. Thank you Summitpost!
Thrilled to have actually reached the summit after a failed trip via LTR 2 yrs ago. Enjoyed the "chimney" through the rain and loved the view through the clouds.
From Shepherd Pass with Chad.
Saw a big rattlesnake at the trailhead.
Early morning ascent from our camp at Shepard's Pass. Two meetup groups were on Williamson, and there were many successful summits. It was a long day though, up at 3am, and back home in Sacramento around 2am.
A solo round trip from a base camp at Shepherd Pass, a total of ten and a half hours. Some 60 to 80 parties have summited this year so far. Hard to tell, because there are two notebooks in the register box; some people sign up only one, others use both. The Chimney was fun after that incredibly tedious and long chute. Found a dark blue Mountain Hardwear jacket with a water bottle in one of its pockets near the "black stain" (left it there). There were no other climbers on the mountain that day, so it must have been left or lost some days earlier (or much earlier?). Trip report.
Did you need crampons in the chimney still or is it pretty much clear?
This was a meetup hike. Two days, camped in Williamson Bowl. Light snow year. Great peak!