Celebrating my 2nd Ankleversary in style with a tasty snow climb of a couloir, a scramble to the summit, then zippy ski to the meadow. Cold nights are keeping the snow on north aspects in good shape!
This was to be three peoples' Vagmarken Crest list finish. We took a route from Sawmill Campground. The group included several SPS list finishers, and even some multiple SPS list finishers. Three of us later peeled off and ran the ridge to Conness for a double peak day.
Ritter the next day.
Went straight up the East Face, steep and loose but fairly easy,with the dog
Traversed over from the basin below Ragged and scrambled up a southeast-facing headwall (class 3) to the west of Skeleton Lakes. From here we gained the SW ridge and followed it up to the obvious high point. The summit blocks seemed to be class 2+ or even 3 if climbed from the south; I don't really understand the class 2 rating here.
From Saddlebag Lake. Pretty straight-forward. Hard Class 2 scrambling in places. Realized it was much steeper than it looked after we took the trail up to the plateau below Conness.
Followed ridge from near Big Horn Lake. Exited at about 11,800' and went straight up easy chute to summit rocks. There's actually a hint of scambling on this route.
Up the south slope after reaching False White Mountain. A long day, first up Gaylor, over to False White Mountain, and then White Mountain. Soft snow everywhere took a lot of energy, wasn't sure I'd ever make it back after the third peak. Excellent views all day and still a great outing.
Booted up the prominent east couloir that tops out just south of the summit. I intended to ski it, but it was a bit too steep and suncupped for my taste. Skied another broad chute around to lookers left.
Tagged it after climbing Conness's East Ridge. Descended the class 2 route from the saddle.
Wonderful ski, so many steep shots off this mountain.
Trail a bit hard to follow on the way up toward the Conness-White saddle, but a quick, fun scramble from there to the summit. Then on to Conness.
-9/7/09 - climbed False White Mountain (12,002) solo from Tioga Lake.
Hiked along Delaney Creek to Skelton Lakes and up the Southwest slope.
with Vendulka. then traverse to Conness.
A great short weekend peak. Rocked this one solo after Ragged and the east laying ridge, followed with a traverse over to gaylor and the road. A great overnight.
I don't know how but we got diverted on the way to Conness and ended up settling for this. Still fun
Climbed this on a long dreary fall outing that included Ragged Peak to the south. Gained the ridge about 3/4 mile south of the peak after climbing up past the highest of the Young Lakes. Followed the ridge to the peak and then decended to the Conness/White saddle.
Pics are here.
This was a very long day, something like 16hrs. 7hrs of that was spent on the West Ridge route of Conness. Trip report
Very enjoyable day out of Tuolumne Meadows with Bob: Ragged, West Ridge of Conness, then this one on the way back.