5 day trip up George Creek. Yes, it is a serious bushwhack. If you're wearing shorts, expect blood. Bear-ravaged Marijuana farm at 7,000 feet! First camp at 7900 feet, second camp at 11200. 4 nights with no tent and 10 degree temps/snow storm. First attempt thwarted by high winds. Summited on Cinco de Mayo. Talus scramble was most difficult part. Thanks to whoever cut steps up the bowl the previous weekend. Great view, crappy register.
Dayhiked with Glenn Gookin in a not-too-shabby 13.5hrs. His brother Sam was with us, but stopped just above the SE Slopes. Matthew H. and Eric G. joined us for most of the way, but split off to climb Barnard. Trip Report
In February, this was a long snowy approach leading to a steep headwall. It was a bit windy but not too cold. Made the summit with Kevin Trieu. California 14er #10!
Thanks to Mark for guiding me up this beautiful mountain. I arrived at SFO straight from D.C. and having no training or acclamitization after months of being lock up in the city. (Without my backpact and gear, we had to wait for them to be delivered by the airlines). We headed out to Bishop the next day. We camped out at the foothill and again at Anvil camp the next day. We started out at 5am and by the time we reached Sheperd Pass I was about to give up. The snow fields were beautiful. We made it to the bowl and with sheer will power made the last 500m.
I made the summit with Chris Kobyashi on my second sweat up george creek. I remember fleas and ticks covering my arms and crawling out of my pockets both times at both creek crossings. The crux of the biscuit, by far. The blood suckers were hibernating,or on downers, and hangign out on the branches that canopied the small criks.
what i thought was a single deer track on the side of a 30% sand slope turned out to be the trail.
Great views, but the bump of a summit was anti-climactic compared to george creek. i know two people, in great shape that day climbed the creek- recommended.
Be mindful of the bighorn sheep restrictions and do not go up in the fall. We couldn't find the register anyway.
Tried Tyndall and Williamson in the same trip, didn't time it right, only got to the summit of Tyndall. Failure reminds just makes the challange real.
Best view in the Sierra! The Williamson Bowl is gorgeous and the view from the summit, spectacular! (Has anyone EVER seen a Bighorn Sheep here? Or are they all in hiding until July 15th?)
Fun Scrambling over the Black Spot and up the Chimney/Crack, with gorgeous views from the summit. Ax/crampons not needed.
Fun Climb, It was a long day from Shepard's Pass and back. Great weather all day. Seven snow fields to cross in Williamson Bowl and snow in the chute. The summit register was in a tortilla bag with no pen.
Good climb, no where near as bad as others have made it out to be. Follow Secor's route across the bowl, and it goes by easy and fast (a little snow helps smooth things out). Stuck to one side of the chute or the other, and enjoyed the scramble! Added Tyndall the same day.
heavy snow made the climb somewhat easier, but it's still a tough climb.
Our group of 5 did the West Face Route from Anvil Camp. Lots of snow everywhere above Anvil Camp. The big chute of the West Face Route was full of snow and we took the rocks on the right side in ascending. The 3d Class chimney above the wide chute was fun. We descended the chute by plunge-stepping in the snow. It's a long day doing Williamson from Anvil Camp!
The west face (or tourist route as the NE ridge marmots would say). A mental and physical challenge. I would not call it easy. A lot of fun too. SPS trip. Great lead, Alex.
I skied the George Creek 3 times in the 80s. First with George Ivy, later with Andy Fried, Miguel Carmona and Corrado DiFrancesco and the third time with Miguel Carmona. The objective was to ski from the Williamson summit all the way down to the flat ground of lower George Creek. The ski run must be the longest in California and is worth every tired step. The impulse for these trips was 1960s-70s (?) Summit Magazine article by G.Rowell describing George Creek ski descent as one of the North America's longest backcountry ski runs.
Of the California 14er's I've done this is my least favorite. Lots of loose rock ... maybe I just wasn't in the mood that day.
Took about 17.5 hrs to do this long day hike/climb (7/9/05). Beautiful day with nice firm snow to cover all the scree in the West Face gully.
Day hiked both Big Willy and Tyndall on a long day (7/15/06)
Day hiked Williamson on 7/15/08
with Craig Sanford and descent of s.w ridge and unplaned bivi in george creek basin.
Climbed the route with Scott and Pavel. Sections of this ridge seem to be more like class 5 than 4. We used a rope only for a couple of short rappels. A lot of exposed climbing required being constantly focused and careful about every move. Climbing it in a day would require an extra ordinary fitness level. Kudos to ScottyS for an excellent route description!
Rick and I left Anvil Camp in the morning and headed up to Shepherd Pass. From the pass, I headed toward Williamson Bowl while Rick started off on his own agenda for another one of his death marches.
The bowl was no big deal - much easier (and less tedious) than I'd expected...maybe an hour and twenty across it.
Not bringing much in the way of a route description, I got hung up at the base of the west face, not sure which chute to ascend. With a little help from Rick in the form of radio contact while he was on the summit of Tyndall, I finally got into the correct chute (the other one turned out to be the Bolton Brown chute). Seeing a figure coming up below, I realized that it was my friend Luba and decided to wait for her to catch up. Having no idea the other was going to be there, we decided to pair up and head for the summit together. We hit the summit awhile later.
As we were descending the chimney, we bumped into Eric. A short time later, we also ran into some maniac dayhiking the peak. I later found out the maniac was Kalet.
Good time. Perfect weather. Talked to some cool people.
Hauled the gear up from Anvil camp to the Pass, then at 9am took off for the summit of Williamson. Williamson Bowl is definately a killer, especially with a bit of soft slushy snow impeding progress. Made the summit a little after 12 and then back to the pass where I camped out. Crampons and axe were very useful i the chute, and pretty much everyone had them. About 50% snow coverage in the bowl.