North Ridge Climber's Log

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sierrasclimber - Apr 7, 2009 10:04 pm

Only as a day  Sucess!

I would only recommend this as a day route with stronger 5.7-5.9 with minimal gear so you can move fast and solo lots of the route. Way fun then.


poorboy44 - Feb 9, 2009 8:40 pm Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2009

Complete North Ridge in Winter  Sucess!

Made a CTC winter ascent of the complete North Ridge (from the Owens Valley) with Charles Ince and Nate Ricklin. We started at 10:15 PM on Jan 30, and climbed through the night until sunrise, when we took about an hour break to brew up. We summited at 5:30 PM and took and additional 9 hours to descend Tuttle Creek and find our way back to the car at about 2:30 AM (due to exhaustion we had about an hour nap in a cave in Tuttle Creek). Total CTC time was 29 hours. We didn't bring any bivy gear -- though we did bring costumes.


fatdad - Sep 14, 2008 9:14 pm

Solo North Ridge  Sucess!

Nice route done I'm not sure how long ago (1992?). A manageable day from Whitney Portal. Long but continually interesting, especially finding a mellow route without a rope.


jmc - Sep 12, 2008 5:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

Long fun route  Sucess!

Should have gone for it and soloed. But wimped out and roped up.

Shirley Lam

Shirley Lam - Jan 30, 2008 9:51 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2004

Be prepared...  Sucess!

for a very long day!


bighornmonkey - Jan 7, 2008 1:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2004

Done...  Sucess!

One day from Whitney Portal...spectacular views but a little scary on the final section since we had a party above us (rock fall danger was serious).


forjan - Jul 23, 2007 12:27 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007

North Ridge  Sucess!

Simul-solo with Michelle (just under 9 hrs car-to-car). Back at the Whitney Portal Store by 1PM for homemade fries!


fossana - Jul 22, 2007 10:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007

N Ridge  Sucess!

Thanks to Miguel for coming along and letting me talk him into ditching the gear in the car.


Deb - Dec 4, 2006 7:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2003

North Ridge  Sucess!

Climbed with Kris Solem - who needs gear? Beautiful (long) day for my first Sierra summit!


awagher - Nov 19, 2006 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2006

North Ridge Late Season  Sucess!

Climbed with Miguel Forjan in 15hrs. car to car. Encountered snow and ice choked cracks and slabs. Made for interesting climbing (especially in mountaineering boots). Found some 5.7/8 in there as well.


asmrz - May 17, 2006 4:16 pm Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2001

4 Attempts in winter

I attempted the Complete North Ridge of LPP (from the desert floor) in winter 4 times between 1995 and 2001. The first time with Peter Zurla in 1995, we got stopped by very thin verglas below the third tower. We simply didn't have the gear to protect what in the summer were 4th class slabs. We bivied standing on a table size ledge with our bags over our heads and in the morning, did about ten raps down the face to Meysan Lakes drainage. In December of 1999, Grant Gardner and I tried again and got stopped below the 1st tower in hip deep snow. Ron Hudson and I tried again the next year and gave up bellow the first tower notch, Ron didn't feel this would go. We descended the gully just right of the Bastille Buttress (looking down). In 2001, Joe LeMay and I almost suceeded, we climbed all the way to the last tower, but my mistake forced us to bivi below the large ledge of the tower. The night was extremely cold, we both were totally frozen and in the morning we did 18 raps down another frozen gully to later reach the base of Bastille Tower and the lower gully that leads to flat ground. I still don't know if the COMPLETE North Ridge was ever climbed in winter, I know the Meysan Lakes portion was climbed in the winter some years ago (Parker?).

Sam Page

Sam Page - Feb 14, 2006 5:04 pm

North Ridge  Sucess!

Scott Sederstrom and I climbed this route in about 14 hours car to car in May 2000. I was knackered by the final pitches. We did not take (nor could we find) the path of least resistance, and wound of making rock moves in the 5.7/8 range. I loved climbing the route in spring conditions.

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