Fun solo romp!
Really fun solo. Exposed at the top. Great few hour outing.
My brother's first multi-pitch climb, and the only one I was lucky enough to take him on. A dozen pitches or so of wonderful, meandering slab and crack climbing. Got to the summit in time to see alpenglow on the Cathedral Range.
Keep a sharp eye out for the notch on the west ridge when descending! We missed it and ended up bushwacking down to the Sunrise trail in the dark. Fortunately I knew the way, but my finace was pulling her hair out by the time we got back....
We climbed on a great weekend which included North Peak Couloir. Being moderate rockclimbers we were roped up but had little pro on the lower part. Fun route. We did the traverse exit at the top of the route
I left Modesto at 4am and Dave Loring, my partner and good buddy, left Fresno about the same time. We arrived at the Tenaya Lake within 3 minutes of each other. Great day, great partner, fun, easy climbing in a great location.
Climbed with Pavel. We started at noon from the parking lot, soloed about 1/2 of the route, roped up an simul-climbed a coupled of pitches and then belayed the last 4 pitches. I guess we didn't follow the topo too closely and did our own variation. We went to the right of a prominent roof (headwall?) and ended up right next to the summit block, after climbing a short and easy chimney. Got to the summit at around 4 pm, stayed for 1/2 hr. or so and got down to the car at around 6 pm. We passed a male/female team on the way up and from the summit heard them calling for help. After descend we drove to the Toulomne campground and told a ranger about them. Unfortunately I don't know if they got rescued or had to survive a cold night on the mountain.
Awesome climb done in little over 3 hours. And the views from the summit are unbeatable!
A blast! Most of it can be soloed and the rest done without a ton of pro. The exposure and the views just keep getting better too. Be careful on the way down, though - it's tougher than it looks to find the right way.
Soloed the route, keeping a couple of nice guys company, Jason and Floriane (his 3rd day on real rock) from Montreal. Great guys and a great route. It was fun and easy. Upper cruxes (5.4) were decidedly slicker rock with fewer features. Finished on the hand crack variation -- much better than expected, good jams in a clean crack with good friction. Spicy.
With Joshua Massey. Fun climb, mostly sans cord.olo. Ignore the class 4 walk off and go straight up to enjoy a couple of 5.8 moves.
Coming back to the car, we took a lower angle traverse through the woods back to the parking lot. Not a lot of fun, chunky talus with brambles and swampy ground in between the blocks.
Quick morning scramble up the west face boulders.
Pics are here.
Etsuko and I climbed this route on a laid back afternoon (started climbing at noon). We climbed it roped up in 3 pitches and solo'd the rest. I got slightly off-route into the 5.7-5.8 terrain in the steepest section of the buttress which added to the excitement. Snow and running water also made the climb worth remembering. We had to cross a short snowfield below the summit block, and my foot slipped in one wet place as we were climbing the vertical 5.6 variation crack. Fortunately we were roped up for that pitch.
Great fun and incredible views from the top!!!
With Sam below, had a fine soloing tour including Tresidder Peak, Columbia Finger, Echo Peaks (#1-3), and the SW Buttress of Cathedral. A great day with perfect weather. Trip Report
This was peak 1 of a seven peak day with Bob Burd. A great fall outing.
Even though the "backside" is the easy rt., the views are among the best in the area. Not sure why Secor chose to leave this peak out of his Guide.
With Ettore Leale and Rene' Renteria. It was Ettore's first multipitch climb. We simulclimbed almost all of it, with me on lead. We drove up from the Bay Area in the morning, started out of the parking lot at Tenaya Lake at 1 pm, and were back at the car around 8:30 (slightly after dark), and that was taking it slow (we were slow being 3 of us with a beginner). It's a worthwhile acclimatization climb if you are on the way to more serious stuff in the Eastern Sierra, since there is practically no approach and the route is at 10,000ft. The view from the top is outstanding, including a view of the summit of Cathedral Peak jutting out from a ridge inbetween.
Mostly Class 3-4, except a couple of fifth class moves towards the end.
The first scramble was an easy, fun few hours. The NW Buttress route took us something like ten hours which has to be a near record for dawdling. Though it rained the last two pitches, it was great fun the whole day.
We squeezed in a quick climb on a Sunday morning before the drive back to the Bay Area. A bit of an introduction to friction climbing for me.
The second visit was a few weeks later, and was my first technical climb--combo acclimatization/rope practice for what was hoped to be a Clarence King day hike the next day. It rained the last two pitches. Great fun all the same.