The going is easy enough until hitting the Y. I made a right because I'm still to find a TR from anyone that made a left. Turning right at the Y there is a serious class 3 to be climbed over. I think, given the lack of hold, that is more than class 3, but what do I know? With difficulty I got over it and further up I got to another Y: one with snow (to the right) and one without (to the left.) For some reason I got to the right and ended up climbing the South Summit on a steep class 4. Unbelievably, a voice in my head repeated what I must have read about this ascent: the summit is the one to the North. So I made my way there, realizing how easier would have been to keep that slight left direction, rather than getting on solid frozen snow in the chute.
Seem to have made the same mistake many others have by turning left at the fork in the west chute. Ran out of time with rain clouds closing in, so didn't try to route find up the next chute over. Was about 500 feet below the top. I wrote a trip report about it if anyone wants more details:
Kept going left and got into some 4th class maybe easy 5th class terrain. Chossy with lots of loose stuff. I definitely would not want to be behind another party this way up. The slab area looked harder than 3rd class w potential for a long slide, maybe it would have been mellow, but didn't try it.
There are two west chutes. Take the right one, as we did. What we did not know was at the point the chute splits, take the right hand one; we mistakenly took the left and ended up pulling a class 5 move to gain a point with a view of the summit ridgeline that told us we had chosen the wrong way. Late in the day and had to turn around. Lots of loose boulders call for careful foot and hand placement.
Nice route, popped out the top of the gully about 20 feet from the summit.
lazy alpine day
Good climb and many 4th and 5th class options. Amazing views...although smoke from a nearby fire made it hazy. Descended to Green/Brown lakes and hit up Vagabond on the way.
Climbed w Deb, we hit Vagabond as well on the way out. Fun route!
Perfect weather for climbing this long chute. Blair and I took in as much Class 4 and 5 as we could to keep the adrenaline up. Altitude was kickin' my ass though. Hit up Vagabond and descended to Green Lake for a mosquito slog to TH. Great day!
A fine hike from Bishop Pass trail, amorphous and interesting route. I remember nice views of the Palisades.
w/ Jascha. Substitute for the N Buttress of Goode. Not much choice with the threatening dark clouds. Better than sitting at home.
Lazy/rainy day with Matt & Tom. Walked/ran the aqueduct back to the TH.
Repeat of the W Chute of Cloudripper with Jascha, partly in the dark. Contoured cross country past Brown Lake and picked up the aqueduct for a ways.