I climbed the North Ridge twice in the summer. With Miguel Carmona in 1986, we soloed the upper part of the route from Little Meysan Lake to the summit.
Joe LeMay and I climbed the complete North Ridge from the desert floor (7,100' of gain, 4 miles) in 17.5 hours in June of 2001.
Climbed with Vertigo Soul and three others from Sierra Mountaineering Club. Very interesting route with a lot of variety. We were racing a potential snowstorm which eclipsed some of our party, depositing snow on the summit pitches, making for a more difficult and time consuming finish! The descent off this mountain is very long.
Fun and adventurous route. Simuled much of it with my partner. Took us about 7 hrs from camp to summit.
With Aysel G. Had to bivy - off route. Also saw a major rock avalanche off one of the walls (climbers right of the main descent chute). Thousands of pounds of rock came down. Be extremely careful and quick coming down this chute, stay as far to climbers left as possible.
22 hours car to car with only one significant route finding error. It was longer, harder and looser then I expected.
Did it in a day with 5 others, but hiked out in the dark. Really fun route.
One long day trip. With all the nice bivy sites along the way, next time I think I want to use one of them. The views from the ridge are amazing.
Solo, flurries started while I was around 2nd tower, thunderstorm started when I hit the summit and dropped about 4" of powder, zero vis all day, good times down climbing loose snowy boulder chutes and steep chimneys with frozen digits.
soloed with Mike C
Took a alternative line to gain the ridge with technical slab/hard snow. Surprisingly little snow remaining on the route proper, although a light dusting made the crux section a bit slick and sketchier than normal.
Was lucky to get up this route in between early season storms, <8 hrs car-to-car. Agreed with page author- leave the convoluted route descriptions at home and test your route-finding judgment.
Armed with a pair of Mountain Masters and good friends, we had a spectacular day out. Minor issues locating the "notch" to access the ridge (too soon). A 1.5 hour correction got us on course. Still had plenty of time to boulder down at Grass Lake and enjoy a burger, fries and an ice cold Sierra Nevada brew! Will definitely do this again (stand by Michelle...your time CTC is going down!) Thanks Blair and Sheila!
Finally got this mountain...Climbed w 2 great peeps, great weather. 12h45m C2C Solo ascent
Very long day, nearly free soloed the entire route but roped up the last couple pitches of the summit headwall due to major fatigue setting in. Fun day, but be prepared to spend a full day out.
Climbed with friends. We had 2 rope teams of 3 and I was happy to do most of the leading. Nice ridge climb with awesome views.
Success with Mike, Miguel, Tony, Joan and Isabelle! Great day, but very long with 2 teams of 3
5 hours to summit from Whitney Portal. 8.5 hours CTC solo. A really fun day.
With Peter Doucette. A fair amount of 5.6 on the route we took.
had a fun backpack into Grass Lakes for Labor Day weekend. My buddy Nate and I climbed the NR on Sunday, and certainly found the route fun and adventurous. Had a great time, and really enjoyed the (mostly) solid rock. We climbed the 2nd tower via the right-hand route with 2 fixed pins. We were on the summit at dusk, and descended the scree gully in the dark, which probably is the best time to do so.
Pretty cool & adventurous experience overall.
Just me this time. Made the mistake of trying out a "new" descent down one of the steep W Ridge gullies. Lucked out and managed to make it down to the lakes without too much backtracking.