Skinned and booted the north face to the notch on the west ridge and climbed from there to the summit (in ski boots). Solid class 4 to the summit. Skied the north face to Echo Lake on perfect spring corn.
NE couloir totally melted out as should be expected so late. Tried to climb the south side of the ridge from Thompson-Powell col, as the rock looked really nice and I thought I could see a general line up. Didn't pay enough attention to Secor to know there's supposed to be a class 3 route on it, so when I hit a couple hard for me boulder problems 90% of the way up and not seeing obvious alternatives, I wimped out, downclimbed and took the easy route across the rubble along the bottom of the solid ridge. That defeat and the time sunk into it lead me to also wimp out on the traverse to John. Beautiful day though with about as fine of views of cloud dappled Sierra ruggedness that one could ask for.
Good firm snow to the top, thanks to 2 days of cold temps and wind. Summited Powell and Wesley, gotta leave John for another day considering the amount of snow and wind that I would have to contend with. Awesome day out there all by myself!
Up the NE Couloir to Point Powell and then over to Point Wesley and Point John. Couloir was just barely in perfect condition for my short aluminum crampons and small ice ax. Enjoyed the ridge over to Point John, had to do it twice to get back to Mount Thompson in the afternoon.
Would have been better with snow.
Made it up chute on day 7 of SC2010. Used ice axe, crampons, and trekking pole on steep snow. Above snow was loose dirt and rock, but I made it to plateau summit. Long day (15 hours)making it back to car (Sabrina Lake Trailhead) at 9PM. Forgot to apply sunscreen, so ended up with sunburned face.
See Bob's post. Lots of fun with Bob and Matthew. The longest/steepest snow field I had climbed at that point. Not as bad as I thought.
Traversed Point John, Wesley, and Powell from Sailor Lake.
Climbed the NE Couloir on Pt. Powell, strolled over to Pt. Wesley, then traversed along an enjoyable class 3 ridge to Mt. Powell with Bob and Glenn. Descended to Echo Lake and back through some beautiful country to Lake Sabrina. My last day of the '06 Sierra Challenge, as I had to return to China for work for a couple of weeks. Bummer. :-(
Yes Mark, you missed out on a good one. Turns out the traverse from Pt. Wesley to Pt. John was the best scrambling all day, and some of the finest on the 2006 Challenge. Trip Report
Climbed this peak on the 3rd day of the Sierra Challenge. Ascended via the NE Couloir (fun) and descended the SE Face (sucked) after tagging Pt Wesley. Apparently Bob Burd found a fun class 3 traverse to Mount Powell and I'm kicking myself for not following him!
3rd day of the Sierra Challenge. Also tagged Pt Wesley and the other peak on the plateau that I initially thought was Pt Wesley.
Day 3 of the 2006 Sierra Challenge. Pictures
Lots of snow. where is spring?