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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Part of the 2007 Sierra Challenge. Trip Report
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.