Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 16, 2012 - 08:56pm PT
Hoping to climb it by the end of July or early August. I just climbed the SE face of Clyde and really want to get back out there.
Plans are to bivy out there the night before, climb it in a day, probably bivy again, and hike out in the morning. I've been living and training around Mammoth for almost 2 months so I'm fit and acclimated. Call or ask for me in Stellar Brew. Thanks.
What caused issues for you? Loose rock? Or just the nature of such a long objective? I've been running and soloing easy 5th like mad recently so I believe I'm ready for it, as long as the rock's not of frighteningly low-quality.
Frighteningly low quality. The blocks are solid in and of themselves, but attached to nothing. Croft said it was one of the hardest things he ever did...... He was so tired he got lost on the hike out.........
I have some history back there and just might be able to sneak away. Ken, Clyde, Michael, and Bedayn are all stellar. For what it's worth the Minarets are not the volcanic exploding inevitable that it's reputed to be.
Have done the clyde - a trav of all summits would be a notable achievement. If your used to loose granite, they are one degree worse. My buddies were back there a while back, encountered a party trying the clyde on their way up- passed them up, summited, descended and was back at camp while said party was STILL lost and trying to gain the clyde. thngs can get a wee cornfusing up there it seems.
More thatn 1/2 the adventure is in route finding, the rest is mere climbing.
I've not done the full traverse but have done most of it in various segments.Spent plenty of time wandering around the myriad of gullies, ledges, cul-de-sacs, teetering and blocky this, that, and the other things.
I had one of the more thrilling thunder and lightening sessions back there. Chucked my ice axe as far away from me as I could, given that it was the most metalic thing I had and that it was supporting the tube tent I was cowering in.
A friend quit climbing after watching her partner pull a refrigerator off of Clyde. She had to dulfersitz off ratty slings. Gave away her climbing gear to the first people she saw on the way to find a ranger.