West Vidette Climber's Log

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Romain - Oct 20, 2021 11:14 pm Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2021

NE Chute (with snow)  Sucess!

Frigid and snowy dayhike from Onion Valley. Trip report.


Deb - Aug 27, 2018 11:08 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2018

East Face Fun  Sucess!

Planning for a full moon exit, I took my time approaching W Vidette and elected the east face. Making it more than Class Poo, I found plenty of Class 3 and 4 straight up to the summit. Pretty good stuff. Descending the NE misery was awful, but at least I tagged the benchmark tower before descending. Summit register from 1959 by Tom Ross.


cab - Sep 12, 2016 1:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2016

NE Chute  Sucess!

After just a short time in the NE chute, I was looking for alternatives to that misery. The ridge that borders the chute on the left looked good, and it was some good Class 3 scrambling until it ended at a sandy face a few hundred feet below the summit ridge. Nice views from the top.

Scott Barnes - Jun 26, 2016 10:43 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2016

Wayward trekking poles  Sucess!

Still sufficient snow in the NE Chute to glissade down it, though it's a bit suncupped. Too bad my trekking poles seem to have disappeared during the (slightly bumpy) descent.


wmolland - Aug 11, 2015 9:11 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2015

NE Chute  Sucess!

The chute itself was an underwhelming mix of hard packed sand and loose rock. The hike up to the chute was spectacular and the views from the summit were breathtaking! I would probably recommend a different ascent route, but not different approach or summit location.


bechtt - Oct 6, 2013 10:19 am Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2013

NE Chute  Sucess!

Day hike out of Onion Valley. The NE chute is distasteful going up and down but is probably the fastest. Better with snow -- next time. Perfect fall weather.


Kara - Sep 8, 2010 5:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

Fun Fun Scramble  Sucess!

Very fun climb from lower Vidette Lakes. I went for the 'east slopes and south ridge'. Stable enjoyable class 1-2 approach, then went too high and ended up on some class 3 above the scree apron, but decended the right-facing rock chute which was MUCH more enjoyable and safe. (secor alludes to this as 2-3) The ridge itself is very enjoyable. Had the valley, climb, and summit to myself.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Aug 23, 2010 12:17 am Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2007

Northeast Face  Sucess!

Part of the 2007 Sierra Challenge. Trip Report


mrchad9 - Jul 20, 2010 12:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010

Excellent Views  Sucess!

Perfect weather throughout on a four day outing from Onion Valley. Did a loop from Kearsarge Pass to University Pass grabbing 7 peaks along the way, including Bago and West Vidette on day 2.

Climbed the East Slopes/South Ridge route. Wanted to take the Northeast Chute but didn't have crampons with me, the snow was soft enough that the short distance up the East Slopes wasn't an issue though.

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