Nice dayhike with Rick Kent. Conditions were great. Plenty of snow coverage from above the lakes to the pass. Fun climbing (though too short) up the crack. A slog up to the summit ridge...then some enjoyable scrambling to the top. Great views.
It was a trip seeing in the log how many times Norman Clyde had done the peak. At a glance...several.
Fantastic glissading from just below the summit to just above the crack. Then from the pass all the way to Second Lake.
To clarify something about the route description on 'physics' page, there is a 4th class crack right below the summit, but it can easily be bypassed (if one so chooses) via a short but airy 2nd class traverse above and to the right of it.
Climbed with Misha. Biggest crag I've ever climbed. Looking forward to trying some of the other routes.
Went up from the Willow Lake side on scree and 3rd and 4th class rock. Some decent exposure along our route.
Climbed on day 7 of the 2005 Sierra Challenge. Beautiful day and spectacular views of the Palisade area
So much good stuff! Classic route, epic day and DYING to get back!
A great route with some wild exposure and very fun ridge traverses. We did the Moon Goddess the day before and went for the summit on the second day. It was worth it with the view of Middle Palisade and Mt. Sill.
Another great day in the mountains. Old register still on top!
Climbed with Bob, Matthew, Mark and co during the 2005 Sierra Challenge.
Climbed this as part of the Sierra Challenge. I almost wimped out on the final exposed class 2 traverse to the summit (after free-soloing the 5.2 Contact Crack!), but luckily Matthew was able to lure me over by dangling a runner near me as I scrambled the the rest of the way :-D
It was a surpise seeing that the summit block could be reached via a class 2 route, as the one mentioned on SP earlier insisted you had to climb the class 4 crack lower down.
A fun, long route, but with lots of rockfall. We'd arrived early the previous day at Third Lake, hiked to the base of the climb (the snowfield), stashed our climbing gear, and hiked back down to our camp. The next morning we discovered our gear had been hit by rockfall during the night. My helmet was smashed, but that was the only major damage.
We climbed ropeless for the first 500 feet of the route, then roped up. A spectacular route!
Day seven of the 2005 Sierra Challenge. I was hoping to do the traverse to Gayley with Matthew, but I ... well, I was just lame. Sorry Matthew. Trip Report
Short, exposed, but easy chimney move up the crack leads to a long slog to the summit. Made a few jokes about ascending via the standard descent route, but a nice climb anyway with great company. Will be back for the technical routes. This is a great looking mountain with one of the most interesting summit registers I've seen that is steeped in a lot of reknowned names from Sierra climbing history.
Kind of embarrassing to be signing a summit log for this peak via Contact Crack, but oh well... about 40 feet of awkward but easy and fun scrambling up the chimney from the pass, then hundreds of feet of talus, and then a short exposed class 2 catwalk to the summit. Not a classic climb. I should have followed my instincts and found a partner for Venusian Blind instead.
Had planned to traverse to Gayley, but Bob bailed on me, and it looked like a several hour project with big epic potential. After descending the SE Face, that peak looked pretty close, and feelings of guilt led me to head over there to climb it anyway. Glad I did--it was way more fun than Temple Crag.
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My buddy, his friend, and I were going to climb Middle Pal but my buddy cancelled on me while I was driving to the trailhead. I decided to solo Middle Pal instead of turning around. Once parked, I realized that I forgot to pack socks so I did the whole hike in Sandals so I wouldn't blister my delicate feet in shoes without socks. Walking in with headlamps entering the trailhead at 1:35 AM, I followed the North Fork of Big Pine Creek thinking I was following the South Fork. I couldn't see anything with my headlamp so I must have missed the sign. Anyway, woke up thinking I would be at the base of Middle Pal but all I saw was Temple Crag. To salvage the weekend, I decided to go up Temple Crag but did not have a clue about any of the "soloable" routes on this mountains. Contact Pass looked good so I went for it and made it. It is class 4; ok weekend.
Felt more like a ridge route more than a true rock climb. The tyrolean makes it worthwhile . very long climb. 7 hrs to the summit. 16.5 hrs car to car.
A long route with good climbing. Nine hours to the summit.
Perfect day minus skeeters and mule crap on trail. No snow 't'll base of Dark Star. Used a 100' line to ease simul-climbing. Could have been even a bit shorter and made all raps etc. Good car to car route!
Great way to celebrate our country's freedom by experiecing America, the beautiful.
Climbed with Keith G. - very fun climb with awesome views and great exposure. We got a late start due to some clouds and thunder early in the morning, but we completed the route in less than 8 hours and were back at camp just after dark. Good way to cap off a great Sierra vacation!