My first real ice climb, great fun, left me wanting more.....
Day hike from Saddle Bag Lake. Very enjoyable scramble. First time on exposed class 4. Thanks to Misha & co. for coaching me over trickiest section. Descended south side. Next time link with North Ridge of Conness!
The NW Ridge is a fun scramble, wish the technical section was longer. From the summit fired on over to the North Ridge of North Peak.
Climbed the center couloir in excellent conditions
Beginning of the traverse to NR of Conness. Climbed with Vendulka, Misha and Etsuko. Great day.
Climbed with Barry Beck and our friend D.Rod via the entertaining North Ridge. We were on the way to the N.Ridge of Conness, so we didn't tarry on the summit. This was my first peak since getting an ACL replaced a year before --- thanks Dr. Cummings & Tahoe Fracture!
Another easy haul. Hoping to jump into one of the couliors on of these years.
Rocked it with buddies from TML.
sweet easy climbing, i think we were offroute on the approach because it got pretty sketchy....nice walkoff!
Climbed with Dirk (Diggler). Beautiful , sunny day. Staying on the right side of the couloir helped us avoid getting hit by chunks of ice from the party ahead of us. View from the summit was spectacular!
Easy class 2 hike
Day 1 of the 2004 Sierra Challenge. Great scramble on good rock on the way to Mount Conness.
fun climb with amy and charlie.. would like to go
back and do the whole traverse north/conness/white
Snowed about an inch the night before. The bottom and very top have excellent alpine ice. Bulletproof ice in the middle pitches. Some dinner-plating. Great climb. The right hand side was all good.
w/ Brian Spiewak. Climbed left side of gully via a mixed line. Sketchy pro, plating ice and broken rock made things "interesting."
My very first real ice climb! Climbed with Mike Ybarra. We solo'd the lower third of the couloir (neve) and roped up for 2.5 pitches of smooth water ice. First pitch was brittle and challenging. The remaining one and a half were awesome!! We summited under galeforce winds.
Third time's the charm!! Finally summited this great peak via the route I'd wanted after 2 aborted attempts (enthusiastic but inexperienced partners, late starts, inclement weather, & icefall from parties ahead of us)! Kris was a good, albeit sometimes dissatisfied & vocal, partner.
We left the parking lot @ 6.47. A party who started shortly after us (which was acclimated after a few days' climbing in the area) passed us & got first dibs on the climb. Fortunately they were pretty fast, & didn't send down too much ice.
We made fair time up the couloir. Kris & I switched leads. Although I at first wanted to attempt to do the whole couloir via French technique, this was soon dismissed as too laborious, & I just front-pointed, using my 3rd tool for occasional traction. Couloir was approximately 1/3 ice (the rest being hard snow). Ice was technically moderate, but quite enjoyable! Just slightly brittle.
After reaching the top of the gully, we stashed our tools, ropes, & crampons, & 3rd-classed up the remainder. Much 4th with some 3rd & a few parts of easy 5th that looked fun. Rock was mostly good quality.
Summit was sublime (summited @ 16.14), as the weather was great, the views phenomenal, & the final success sweet.
Left the top @ 16.54, having a mostly non-noteworthy descent, we got back to the truck at dark. I absolutely hate that trail along the lake- can't trail maintenance move some of that scree (maybe it's non-maintained, as it's outside the park)??!!
Mango marg' & fish tacos @ Whoa Nelli were great!
Slogged up the sandy Southwest Slopes solo. I really enjoyed hanging around on the summit and looking down those couloirs!
My first multi-pitch ice climb. Climbed with Miguel Forjan. We roped up for the first pitch at 10am. Nieve for the first 60m. Miguel led all 3 pitches even after his Mathes Crest traverse the day before. We both bailed on the summit after leaving the couloir at 3pm having each had very little sleep the night before (I pulled up to the trail head to sleep at 1:am). Fun first ice climb. The Left Couloir was being climbed by a team of two. It looked like mostly nieve and then a 100ft+/-. exposed rock section right in the middle with ice(?) above it (next year for us I hope...) Here are some pics...