Great peak, great views and great weather. Continued on to Craig and Snow. Getting down from Tower presented much more difficulty than the very easy cls3 route up.
Climbed with EJ from Tower Pass. Some snow from a few weeks earlier made the chute more dicey. We followed the NW ridge most of the way into the chute. The climbing was solid class 3 and really fun.
Climbed the NW Chute route, with a variation from Dorothy Pass. This was a combined backpacking/climbing trip covering ~42 miles over three days. All of the travel from Dorothy Pass to Tower Lake was off-trail. It was one of the most satisfying trips I have ever taken!
some snow the previous night made the class 3 slightly interesting.
Fall '05 with my buddy Lighting Bolt. Climbed the Chute after Hawksbeak and Ehrnbeck. A rad three day, three peak, 55 mile weekend away from TML. Entered at Sonora ended at Hetch Hetchy.
Loooong dayhike (14h CTC) from Leavitt Meadows.
I climbed this as a SPS trip. We took our time and did it over 2 1/2 days which made it enjoyable. The approach was very beautifull along the Walker River.
Backpacked into Tower Lake, then in the morning scrambled up to the summit and packed out.
The lingering snowfields on the north side of Tower Pass could be entirely skirted via use trails. Came up around the other snowfield on the right side (slabs). Windy and cool but otherwise excellent day. Descended on the climber's left (talus and slabs) of the snowfield.
I was amazed to find rock-walled bivy sites on a flat spot near the summit.
Peak #4 of a long day out of Bridgeport. Read the trip report!
Dayhiked from Twin Lakes (Bridgeport) with ScottyS. Along the way, we stopped off at Center Mountain, Hawksbeak Peak, and Ehrnbeck Peak, and traversed from Ehrnbeck to Tower on one of the most tedious ridge routes I have ever been on (via Peak 10,654). Not technically difficult, just nasty routefinding with a seemingly infinite array of obstacles (trees, brush, sheer walled gullies, short steep little headwalls). Crossed the East Slope to the North Ridge and thence via the NW Chute. Descended the same until the tower, then off to the east to avoid steep slabs and snow. Cross-country to the trail that heads into Buckeye Canyon, a long slog up to the canyon head, and a forever walk out of that dry, dusty, miserable canyon. We left a car at the Buckeye Trailhead, and we arrived there after 19:45 hiking time, covering 35-37 miles with 10-11,000' of elevation gain/loss. Even after 2 days of forgetting about it, I can't recommend this route to anyone else. Especially the Buckeye Canyon portion. Scotty has a trip report coming soon.
I think that the walker river approach is actually quite nice save the copious amounts of horse shit blanketing the trail. Great climb with nice rock, the north ridge is a nice way to go. PICS
Camped at Tower Lake and ascended via the NW Chute. It was a little more than my friend wanted to tackle, so I left him on the ridge and made the final ascent myelf. Clouds moving in fast from the east, so I could only stay on the summit for 10 minutes. Great climb though...!
a 13hr "warmup" for the 2003 Sierra Challenge, this took longer than any of the Sierra Challenge hikes/climbs with the exception of Mt. Tyndall. One must travel the length of the West Walker River at least once in a Sierra career, but doing it twice just shows you haven't learned anything. The climb itself is fairly easy and barely earns a class 3 rating. Great Views. Along with Michael Graupe's dayhike 4 days earlier, this is likely the first time the peak has ever had three dayhikes in one season. Some pics.
A long dayhike (14 3/4 hrs CTC). I can't believe the guy who described Virginia's South Ridge as "easy class 3" used that same phrase for this walk-up.
Great views, and a truly beautiful peak.