I woke up and found a friend of mine parked nearly across from me at Saddlebag Lake. Coincidentally he was also going to climb North Peak, so we set off together. We found the east ridge up to the east face an excellent route. I went right up the face via some ledges full of loose rock, but climbable, while Jon went around the back of the pinnacles found up there and hit the ridge to the summit a little lower than I. Both ways up worked well. A chilly, windy day with a smoke from all the fires obscuring the views.
What a fun peak. Easy walk up from Conness Lakes. Not so easy hike to the lakes though (long), starting from Lundy Canyon.
On my way home, exhausted from the 2014 SC I hiked up the SW slope route. This was a wonderful hike through truly beautiful country.
The hike via Conness Lakes is just gorgeous. I could do without the sandy slog up the hill, but at least the descent is quick!
Was driving to Mammoth for a weekend of peakbagging, decided to do Hoffman in the morning and North Peak in the afternoon to help acclimate for the weekend fun. Views from North Peak were grand. Trip report is HERE.
Day hike from Saddlebag Lake, a total of 7 hours. Up via a sandy slope above the highest of the Conness Lakes to the ridge line ("North Peak Pass" in Secor), then SW face to the summit. Down the steep, somewhat loose SE chute. There is still a patch of snow at the top of the chute, but it's easy to go around it.
This is the celebration day for SPS list finisher - Lisa Barboza. She finished the final 248th peak on this one. Total of 44 people joined this event. We took the easy 2nd class route to the summit. Total 7 peak finishers were on the summit today.
Congrats to Lisa!
Solo from Saddlebag Lake. The last 200 vertical ft to the summit is no longer skiable this year. It was all about the summit for me though, so I persevered and had the summit to myself.
Watched a great sunset and then descended, the last 1 1/2 with headlamp. Really a wonderful area.
Up the sandy SE slope and ascended a class 3 chute a bit to the right of the one described in the route section. Topped out on the ridge less than 100 yards from the summit.
The Rim Fire was raging off to the west- but the Saddlebag Lake area was crystal clear
Pics and commentary are here.
Discovered this route after several days of cross-country backpacking from Green Creek. Definitely a nice finale. The scrambling towards the top is quite pleasant and the views are stunning. Although I didn't take it, I recommend the right chute variation to this route. There are actually two right chutes (really, the cute is split by a gendarme towards the top), and both looked fun from above.
The area between Saddlebag Lake and Conness Lakes is stunningly scenic, especially given how little time and effort it takes to get there from the trailhead. Then a bit more effort put me atop an awesome perch with as much exposure and technical terrain within reach as I could want. However, given the approaching midday thunderstorms and my tendency to stick to class 2 terrain, I headed down quickly through rain to get to my hot lunch and shower.
Great hike and had the summit all to myself.
NW Ridge + N. Ridge Conness, solo with the snow chasing me out of Tuolumne. Time to ski!
Climbed the NW Ridge with a Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit alpine training weekend. I am a weeny on fourth class so we used the rope a fair bit and I was basically shitting myself when we were not using a rope. I knew this already, but reinforced I have some work to do dealing with exposure. Still, a beautiful straightforward route with spectacular exposure and an easy descent route (regular class 2 route).
Climbed this route with two other climbers (Scott and Rob). Good challenge at the second impasse and a great summit view.
bonus on the way to Conness NW ridge with Laura M and Tom G.
Great day out! Can't wait to go back and climb the couloir!
Started at Saddlebag Lake, two hours to summit. Then continued on to Shepherd Crest & Excelsior Mountain.
Climbed up from a campground past saddlebag lakes. Rapped down from close to the summit, then on down a chute and to the bottom with a fun glissade.