Ugh! After summitting Maude that morning we started up at 6600 feet from somewhere between the two. The going was fine to 7800 feet but after that a tangle of scree, talus, 3rd class benches and heather. The only redeeeming factors were spectacular exposure from the summit eastward and an unobstructed wide-angle view of the "classic" north face of Maude. Summitted at 4, back in camp in Leroy Basin at 6.
Tried to stay just right of the gully, scrambling fun rock ledges, avoiding alot of the loose scree that we encountered on the descent. The most difficult part of the weekend was getting across the huge washout on the way over to the Ice Lakes and Maude. Combined this with a scramble of Maude and a Friday evening hike up to the summit of Carne mountain.
Climb with snow on it. The rock is loose, the climbing is frustrating.
it was fun and we had a good view of the valley and glacier on the other side...
Had a wonderful time climbing this peak with Brian Jenkins and Brian Clate. The camping at LeRoy Basin was breathtaking. Definitely a special spot.
Hiked in with SP members Flanders and M and N Denyer to Leroy Basin the day before. Pretty steep hike up from the creek. Set up a great camp there and got an early start on Saturday up the basin from there. Went up a steep grassy part before the saddle and then rested a bit in the saddle. Then on up steep loose rock for most of the rest of the day. Skirted the "fingers" at their base mostly and found cairns from time to time. Views from the summit were amazing and we lingered there for a long time. Took us about 4 hours up from camp but only one to get back down to the saddle. It was only 1 pm then so I decided to go on and do Maude that day as well. Headed off on a loose scree traverse from the saddle....
Early season is probably a better time to do this than August when there is usually no snow left. The top 2,500 feet involves a lot of scree and loose rock which gets old after a while. Many climbers trails lead up towards the true summit. The true summit is hard to spot as you work your way up the upper part of the mountain. Just keep to the left as it's the left most "finger" of the seven that make up the peaks name.
Done in combination with climb of Mt Maude the next day. From campground in Leroy Creek basin, followed climber's trail (sometimes faint and with cairns) all the way. Only one small snow section to cross; no crampons needed (in the afternoon). Spectacular views! Lots of loose rock and scree, but traversing route makes it reasonaly safe.
Did 7FJ as a 10 hour day hike of ~12 miles and ~5,700 vertical feet. Beautiful meadows and views from the basins. Route up to summit is always loose rocks but never severe terrain. Spectacular views of Maude, Fernow and Bonanza.
climbed the snow finger from upper Leroy basin. Lot's of Talus to the top.
Duane and I hiked into Leroy Creek basin on a beautiful Independence Day and camped in view of our objective. In the evening we scouted the lower portion of the route and found an easy way around the "prominent gully", as Fred Beckey put it. Then on Thursday we headed up to the peak and had a leisurely day on the mountain in perfect weather.