West Ridge Climber's Log

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Jeff M

Jeff M - Jun 14, 2010 10:32 am Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2010

Full Value  Sucess!

Late season storm hit hard on the summit (big gusts & white-outs, snowing most of the day, but not sticking until the last quarter mile). Didn't use crampons, but the axe gave some assurance crossing the thin ice cornice between the 3rd & 4th towers from the summit. Excellent x-country training route, especially if you're a scree/talus masochist. 2.5 liters of water, 15.5 hours car-to-car, solo. (Then Lone Pine Peak the following day for a "cool down.")

Princess Buttercup

Princess Buttercup - Apr 30, 2010 1:13 am Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2010

Almost winter...  Sucess!

Perhaps the most memorable day hike, and most amazing day in the mountains in my short career. 20 hour push through thigh-deep postholing between 10-11K, gorgeous cramponing snow along the ridge, making the Cl3 a bit tricky and slow but totally doable. Solo days should all be this good.

Rick Kent

Rick Kent - Jan 19, 2009 7:01 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2009

Winter Dayclimb - West Ridge

Dayclimbed up and back starting from around 4750 ft elevation. Brought crampons and ice axe but didn't use them. I brought only 1.5L of water but with the cool temp I didn't need any more. Scree slope above 11,000 feet was truly memorable. Lacking acclimation it took 10 hours to summit with a round-trip time of 18 hours. With a light pack and proper acclimation and more daylight I would expect to shave a few hours off that.

kevin trieu

kevin trieu - Aug 26, 2008 5:23 pm

badass

10k' of gain through trailess heaven. brought a gallon of water.

cdog

cdog - Feb 25, 2006 2:20 am Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2001

spring break in the desert  Sucess!

This is a great training route if you enjoy long scrambles, BIG elevation gains (10000 ft), and solitude. My roomate and I climbed this during spring break 2001. Since it was the end of winter, we experienced some deep snow wallows (6'), but mostly lots of loose tallus. There were some class 3 sections. We spent 2 nights on the mountain (if you plan on 1 day you better be very fit!!), starting from the sparkplug mine and ascending the ridge (south spur variation). Once gaining this crest it is a simple route heading east for miles.

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