Mt Mendel NE Ridge

Mt Mendel NE Ridge

Looking for frozen Airmen in Mendel Glacier as we ascended Mt Mendel via Northeast Ridge in perfect conditions. 26 Jul 08
on Jul 30, 2008 12:06 am
Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing
Image ID: 426218


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lcarreau - Jul 30, 2008 1:59 pm - Voted 10/10

I don't think you'll find

any 'lost airmen' this year. Too much snow!
But keep looking - stranger things have happened!

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Jul 30, 2008 3:32 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: I don't think you'll find

Uhhh....beg to differ. The glacier has receeded pretty far. Even Ice Nine is out more than half its shape.

NancyPrice - Aug 26, 2008 8:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: I don't think you'll find

Mendel Glacier hike/search for WWII aviators

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Dragger - Aug 8, 2008 11:53 am - Voted 10/10

Hope you guys had fun on Mendel.

Looks awesome.


Deb - Aug 11, 2008 12:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Hope you guys had fun on Mendel.

YES! This was one of the better quality climbs we've had in the Sierra. The descent was total bullshit but the climb was well worth it. Thanks Carolyn; hope all is well with you up at your end. )


lcarreau - Aug 12, 2008 11:11 am - Voted 10/10

Just being curious ...

What way do people usually descend? Isn't there
a way to descend northward towards Piute Pass,
or do most take the col back down to Sabrina??

GEEZ, no wonder you guys/gals are staying in
shape! Some incredible country, definitely.



Deb - Aug 12, 2008 11:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Just being curious ...

We slogged down the east face of Mendel - absolute BULLSHIT scree and Class 3 downclimbing. Seemed more technical than the Class 4/5 ascent! :)


lcarreau - Aug 26, 2008 11:59 pm - Voted 10/10


Always gotta love those "pop-up" advertisements
in search of lost airmen. Deb, do your photos
ALWAYS attract this much attention? Awesome!

Larry of AZ


Deb - Aug 28, 2008 12:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Geez:

Yeah, what the hell was THAT? I am not very commercial so this is a new one on me. :)


lcarreau - Aug 30, 2008 10:09 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Geez:

Well, some things are better left a MYSTERY.

"You don't pull on Superman's cape,
You don't spit into the wind,
You don't pull the mask off of Old Lone Ranger,
And you don't mess around ... "

With the lost airmen.


midi510 - Jun 26, 2020 8:05 am - Hasn't voted

Mislabeled photo

Although you may have climbed the NE ridge, the photo is of the NW ridge.

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