ok, was at sea level 30 hours ago, ouch
Descent down the garbage chute was fun (NOT!)
This route is total garbage and is not recommended under any circumstances. Steep trail to Robinson Lake, then lots of boulder-hopping, some pretty steep, to bottom of pass. Pass is a miserable, super loose scramble up a very steep slope, where anything can become a projectile. After finally overcoming this crap, sandy slog all the way to summit when using the south slopes. Demoralizing is an understatement. Views from summit are as great as advertised. Return via same route is a nightmare. Descending the pass can only be done by riding large piles of unstable rock, most of them out of control. Never again.
My group struggled a bit, while I moved swiftly up the North Rib. The North Rib isn't that bad, but some tough spots, including getting to the actual summit. We went down via the shortcut route on the southeast side. That moraine slope is really difficult and long. Found the route to be about 10 miles.
Scrambled up w/ Rahil. Approached w/ Doug, Peter & Laura
North Face route. I think we were in the chute too long, way too loose for my liking on the ascent, though not loose enough to boot ski on the descent. Close to the top was much more fun climbing. The view made it all worth it!
No 90 mph winds this time.
Fun dayhike, pelted with hail at summit, quick descent. All-in-all good trip with good people.
Early season with plenty of snow. Breakable crust made for an exhausting day. Beautiful Peak!
Nice scramble up, annoying talus coming back down via the pass.
After climbing a couple of the Kearsarge Pinnacles, I went up Kearsarge Basin and gained the ridge. From there, I went to University, sticking as close to the ridge as possible even though I could see the easy Class 2 slog below. Instead, I got lots of Class 3-5 climbing, sometimes with serious exposure, en route to the summit block.
Fun climb on the North side! The descend on the East involved a lot of snow an boulder hopping.
With MaiAnh on a warm sunny day. Climbed a short class 3+ section near the summit due to snow. Some minor difficulties routefinding in the dark above Matlock lake on the return.
Attempted to day hike from the parking lot. Snow on the trail starting at Onion Valley. This made things slower going and we turned back about 500' vert from the summit. Didn't want to descend the sketchy, icy slabs below Bench Lake in the dark.
enjoyable climb... great views
Climbed the north face gully and descended the SE gully in search of better snow. Crux of the day was traversing the complex summit area on loose, snowy class 3 with skis strapped to back in 50mph winds. A beautiful mountain!
Climbed solo via the North Face. There was snow on the ridge which made the traverse "interesting". Fantastic views! One of my favorite climbs.
Miguel Carmona and I skied University Peak from Kearsarge Pass in March of 1982 one day after we skied Mt.Gould from the same area. Both are good AT summits.
Drove to onion valley from San Diego after work, arrived at the trail head at 1:00 am, had a few drinks and started hiking. We camped out at bench lake and climed to the peak from there. Fun scramble and little bit of class 4 and 5 to the top.
1982 Easy scramble, sometimes loose, great view
Thoroughly enjoyed the North Face route.