Camped in a grassy meadow above Wallace Lake, beautiful. Climbed the steep class 3 west facing slope. One tricky 3+ move near the top, very inconspicuous, almost eluded me. A challenging climb, at least by my standards. Donated a little blood, (knee scrapes), on this one, lol. Well worth it. After reading these entries?, sooo glad I stayed out of George Creek.
Cool feature, but kind of an easy climb, and not worth the hell of the approach. Trip report.
One must learn to love the hellish approach up George Creek. Not to mention the 1500 foot downclimb to Wallace Lake and the 1000 foot climb back to Vacation Pass AFTER the climb. Exposure on the route is fantastic. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
A fine climb with a stunning view. Approached from George Creek Canyon with a group of 8 climbers from SMG. Setup basecamp at 9200'. Started the next morning at 3am. Topped out at 10:30am. Descended to Wallace lake on the west side then climbed back over Vacation Pass and back to base camp. Long day but well worth it. Carl Heller is an awesome peak.
climbed East Arete in a party of 4 from Sierra Mountaineering Group. Left at 4am from the 9200' camp and summited at 10:30. Class 3/4, we used ropes on about half the route mainly because of exposure; a high, interesting and scenic route. George Creek approach and climbing back over Vacation Pass add to the price of admission for this fun ride.
Penelope May-Smrz and I started via George Creek late afternoon on May 16, 2012. Made it to the 7,000 foot camp spot. Next day went to the lake at the base of the East Ridge. Scrambled up the Ridge next day. Found rock hard ice in the chimney, luckily we had crampons, ice axes, 100 foot section of 7 mm rope and four medium hexes. The chimney pitch was great ice climbing. All in all, wonderful scrambling trip, good class 4, (my rating). Later in the year when the snow/ice is gone, the ledges/chimney can be scrambled unroped. Great trip, but George Creek approach is hell...
With Kevin, Shane, Mark and Max. East arete. Long time dream come true
sweet climb. first unplanned bivy.
Approached via George Creek, a great winter climb. Mountaineering boots and snow definitely upped the ante. My bivy cherry was popped at the top of the snow couloir. Great climb with great people.
That's two bivy cherries that I've popped this winter, and the third this year! I'm getting to be quite the bivy playa ;-)
Climbed the East Ridge via George Creek with Vitaliy Musiyenko, Shane Rathbun, Kevin Trieu, and Maxim Belyakov. Bivvied at the top of the snow couloir after 16 hrs of climbing and summitted the next day. The hike out was very long!
Great climb with Bob and Glenn. George Creek 3X -- this one requiring a bivy. Glenn, there are other ways to climb Barnard and Trojan!
Tom's trip report covers the details, but briefly; the ridge was a great scramble, I won't be returning to George Creek.