Not a lot of mention on this page about the Catwalk, but once you get out of the double chimney, head right across the Catwalk, and things to the top are much easier.
Still a lot of snow on the mountain. Traveling to the lower saddle required crampons and ice axe. We had to turned back the day before after reaching the black dyke above the lower saddle due to thunderstorms. Submitted via the Owen-Spalding just in time before snow showers hit us during the rappels on the way down.
Timeline: departed JHMG high camp at 3am, summit at 10am, back to the Lupine Meadows trailhead at 8pm with one hour break below JHMG camp.
Fun, but I prefer the Owen chimney variation.
After gale force winds at the Upper Saddle forced us to retreat on the 16th, we returned on the 17th to climb the peak via the Owens Spalding Route. The Grand is an incredible mountain and the OS is an excellent, direct and easy route. We started late the second day, leaving the trailhead at 10:00 AM. We summited at 5:00 PM and had the whole peak to ourselves. It was glorious redemption after the previous day's failure.
Prior to this I had only climbed in gyms and practiced rappelling outdoors. What a way to jump in and go big or go home! Ooof, knees hurt on the way down, though.
Climbed with the Sierra Mountaineering Group (SMG). We had to wait out some bad weather for the first few days but got luck on day 3. Perfect weather and we spent about an hour on top. The views from there are pretty darn incredible.
Climbed with Sierra Mountaineering Group. After waiting for weather and climbing to the Upper Saddle the day before, we summited on a fantastic, cloudless day. The route still had some ice, especially the chimneys, which required the use of an ice tool. The rappel was very exciting. This route is indeed a classic and well worth climbing!
I did this back when i was a wee lad in high school. It is what got me interested in climbing.
A beautiful peak, but the route is definitely easier than 5.4. There is a lot of hype about this route, but the rock is solid but not so amazing; we roped up but I was scrambling, looking for the technical section; before I realized it I was over it without placing any pieces. Apparently there were especially windy conditions, and a lot of clouds, which meant the downclimb and rap was hard to find. But nonetheless a beautiful peak I will return to, albeit via other routes...
Like the Exum, the first time I climbed this route was on a descent of the Grand. After a couple of trips we finally figured out where the rappel spot was.
Loved it, great weather
Pretty cool route. I meant to do it with a partner but...
Nice climb, but not as good as the upper exum.
Great climb. Cold ice chimney though.
Climbed solo one evening with no one on the mountain.
The second big mountain that got me hooked, after Mt. Moran's Skillet glacier
Very fun,, and better than expected. I enjoyed the top
Holy crap. It's exposed.
Really fun climb. Got on this route on accident and finished it out. Great exposure and really good rock.
I loved this route i did it with two friends of mine Carlos and Paul..... Paul if you read this we need to clime some more peaks