Followed Leconte's ("black stain" --> class 3 chimney) route from our camp near Shepherd Pass.
Yep, no need to do this one again. Ascended via 'Long Twisting Rib. Just didn't live up to my expectations (sorry, LTR fans.) I thought the more memorable section was the downclimb from the West Horn. One more 14er ticked off.
Climbed Long Twisting Rib to West Horn then descended West Face. My favorite part? None of it. Lost camera, I was sick, returned to camp in the dark. UGH! No need to climb this bitch again!
Great climb from camp above Shepherd Pass. I was up there on a solo trip, but teamed up in the morning with Bob, Tim, and Taylor and had a great time. We had a long siesta on the summit with no wind and great views. 3.5hrs to the summit, 3hrs back to the tent. The climbing day could not have been better and I made new friends.
spring 2010 via george creek
Camped at the first saddle before the 500' of elevation gain loss. Carried camping gear all the way to base of black stain the next day; summitted at 4:40p. An ice axe was necessary to climb the chute, but probably won't be in another week with warm temps. Snow in the bowl helped enourmously -- we crossed it in less than an hour each way.
Greeted by amazing views.
This mountain makes you earn the summit like nothing else. After a grueling first day to our camp at 9500 and the Bairs creek headwall to 13600, I was dead. But a short rest and some pepperoni stick gave me the extra juice I needed. We climbed up some snow filled chutes (~45 degrees, it felt like 55 but I'm new at this...) to the east of the summit. The wind was howling once we topped out of the chute. The last hundred feat to the true summit I thought I was going to get blown over (be it by wind, dizziness or headache). All three of us made it and one skied back while we glissaded (sort of.). Great trip!
3 Day trip with Caltech Alpine Club members. Long summit day from Anvil Camp.
Climbed up the West Face during a 3 day trip.
Epic attempt from Anvil Camp to West Face of Williamson with Vlad, Hakan, and Cenk. Only Vlad made it to the summit. He almost climbed West Horn too, and summited Tyndall the next day.
One of my first Sierra day hikes-bit of a long day, and boulder field sucked, but one of my more memorable experiences. Short, but cool semi chimney section on the way up to summit. Williamson is a beast
Super long hike to Shepherd pass. I thought I was in the wrong pass till I finally saw Tyndall on the other side. Was planning to do Tyndall that same day but got to the pass at 6:00pm which was too late at that point
Did Williamson via West Face the following day. Another day that took much longer than expected. Took 2:00 just to get to the base of the mountain from the lake near Shepherd Pass. Wanted to do Tyndall along with Williamson the same day but the energy spent on Williamson alone was too much. Failed Tyndall twice before I even began. Maybe another day with more realistic goals...
Summited via the west face from Shepards Pass. Shepards pass was a great campsite for the one night I was there. This was a lot longer and tougher than I thought it would be. I had some route finding problems in the bowl and did not have enough time to climb Tyndall. I'll be back.
West face from Williamson Bowl and Shepherds Pass(brutal).
... with Bill Kells, Dan Bower, Danielle Brown, Jon Weismann and Patrick Sanan, on 22-24 May' 2009, via the West Face (class 3)
As I got to summit some guy was flying away on a hang glider. Forgotten the name signed in the register, but it said something about the North Face extreme team. Nothing like a little bit of awesomeness to humble one's ego.
Tough 2 day trip up George Creek with perfect weather.
Standard West Face route on the mountain. Instead of the up/down/up/down of taking the trail from Symmes Creek to Shepherd Pass, we followed the creek. The thinking was that reduced mileage and no altitude loss would make up for lack of trail.
Starting up Shepherd Creek from Foothill Road, then Williamson Creek to the lakes. As one might expect, the route generally gave a choice of talus and scree contouring along the canyon, willow thickets alongside the creek, or walking in the stream itself. Water was fairly low and we did a combination of the three.
Ultimately the choice of following the creek was a lot more work than the trail. I returned to the lakes the next weekend and took only 2/3 the time that the creek route had taken.
Note: Date is approximate
Part of a 3-day backpack (2 nights at Anvil Camp).