Date approximate. Climbed with Chuck Mims in excellent weather.
Interesting climb, you gotta have good info on which ravine to ascend.
camped at lake 3733 and followed up with tyndall the next day.
Lots of fun climbing this route with 2 great folks; super enjoyed the "chimney" section. Couldn't care less it was raining, I just wanted the summit after not tagging it 2 years via Long Twisting Rib. So there! :P
This was our descent from climbing LTR to West Horn. I'm sorry, this is a CHUTE not a FACE and it's a runnel of garbage. Some of the tricky down climbing gave this route a star or two, but over all.......ugh.
The chute was slow going, too loose for my taste. I did enjoy the 60' chimney!
Once I got to the black stain the route was pretty straight forward and as described here on SP. I enjoyed the climb a-lot but I did not enjoy the approach as much.
Took a chance on the weather and was rewarded with a outstanding weekend of climbing. 2 more 14er's and 2 new climbing partners. Thanks SJ and souloscrambler for a great trip!
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Great climb in perfect weather but slow going through the chute do to snow. Would have been fun to bivy on the summit.
solo, snow free, had the bowl just for myself and my bivy
IMHO the toughest 14er in the Sierras. Got to the top twice after several failed attempts due to lack of time, heavy snow conditions or avalanche danger.
Don't underestimate the short distance from the the pass to this route, or the rout itself. These few miles round trip can be an all day affair. Judging by the agony on the faces of the people climbing up around noon while I was on my way down, the sun on the loose west face can make for a miserable climb if you don't get an early start.
Conditions are great for climbing Williamson right now. Hardly any snow to get in the way and mostly dry rock. There were suprisingly few folks over memorial day weekend. I camped at the second small lake above Shepherds Pass where there was running water and a great view. I did the route in 4:30 tent to tent with some route finding issues and a nice rest on the summit. There are many dark stains fom melting snow right now. Follow the long stain into the chute you can't see from the bottom of the slope. The obvious chute to the left is more difficult (class 3/4) and has some ice in difficult places. It wouldn't have been bad if I had brought crampons, but I was in approach shoes. If you take this chute you can still traverse right to the chimney finish of the main route. If you are carrying a light pack I definately recommend camping high. I also did the North Rib on Tyndal in 2:30 with a five minute walk to the base of the rib from camp, pretty much the perfect spot to camp. BTW the folks who made the Shepherds Pass trail must have been getting paid by the foot!
Our group of 5 did the West Face Route from Anvil Camp. Lots of snow everywhere above Anvil Camp. The big chute of the West Face Route was full of snow and we took the rocks on the right side in ascending. The 3d Class chimney above the wide chute was fun. We descended the chute by plunge-stepping in the snow. It's a long day doing Williamson from Anvil Camp!