There was very little snow to contend with on this Memorial Day summit.
Really lucked out on the weather. Temps were nice and cool on the hike in and out. Climbing the chute was a bit tedious, but the class 3 at the end was fun.
A fun climb after a hellish approach. Secor's route accross the bowl is easy to find. Just stay between the two lakes and head for the North shore of the highest lake. At about 11am, after my descent, I saw two guys starting the same route. One of them later got off route and fell, breaking his arm and recieving a nasty gash across his forehead. On the way back to camp, I scrambled up Tyndall's North Rib which was a very cool climb.
That's one long hike. I thought the bowl would be a lot flatter - was I wrong... I'm glad the fires and smoke stayed away from us. Good climb with ChuckO. Excellent views and a great campsite by the pass.
Great peak, the chute wasn't bad at all (except that it's at alltitude), but the bowl completely deflated my enthusaism...it's not hard, it just wears on you.
Enough with the boulders! Wow that's a lot of rocks, and what were the engineers of the Shepards Pass Trail thinking? Nevertheless, awesome peak; worth the effort.
We camped by the lake closest to the black stain on the west face. On Saturday we climbed up the chute and chimney. The class 3 chimney was challenging and fun for someone who has barely done any class 3 before.
Made a solo attempt on the west face but came up short. Might give it another shot before July 15. There's still plenty of water on the way to the pass, and some snow right before the top of the pass but no big deal if you're going up late in the day.
Climbed with JG after camping at Shepard Pass.
From Anvil camp, solo hike/climb the West Face Route. The chute was relatively free of snow/ice and progress very fast to the summit, then to Tyndall to finish the day. Brought my skis up by Anvil camp, but not enough snow to ski.
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.