Me and ole Conness... let's say we have a history. No time for all the details here (catch me at a campfire) but let's just say I've up and down and all around that peak...EXCEPT for the W. Ridge which usually has been the objective.
Many tales of woe and intrigue. Regretted none of them. One of these days the mountain will allow me up the W. Ridge. All in time.
i really liked the approach from Young. you get to backpack into a beautiful location, pretty easy approach (1.5 hrs) and you can descend directly south on a climber trail down into a bowl with a small lake/marsh, then wrap around back to young lakes. what's not to like. :)
But mostly I love that feeling of uninhibited freedom I get when dancing on granite above the clouds. And I love doing it with a close friend and kindred spirit. When it works right, good partners feed off one another's strengths and watch each other's backs to cover the weaknesses. It all works out to climbs accomplished, memories treasured and smiles earned.
A memorable bit.
I only wish there were some signature DMT pics in this one...
or a shaky video shot...shucks!
Conness has been past calling and now moved to haunting. It's closer to the top of my list than anything in the Valley right now, so hopefully it'll get ticked off next year...if I don't get too fat this winter! Ha!
I have a question about the approach- On the way in from Carnegie have any of you climbed along the ridge on the left of this photo from the sandy plateau on the lower e. ridge?? or do you just go all the way up the sandy slope towards the summit plateau? I climbed along the ridge & it was fun but realized at one point that it was probably not the usual approach. When i reached the notch before the final sandy slope to the summit plateau it seemed most ppl just slog up the entire thing from the lakes.
view of the ridge i ended up climbing on the approach. The little sandy plateau i gained it from can be seen just before the high point. Do ppl go this way??
More W.Ridge love.
fossilized in granite
Nice TR DMT!! Next time i get a chance i'd like to give that trifecta a shot!
ANd this was perfect Mouse
I love to caress
The flanks of my own success
On ramblin' Conness.
The east ridge is apparently done by peak baggers... 2nd class I believe. Or at least I've met people up there who said that's the way they came. I've explored bits of it for fun, but aside from the views it's not very memorable.
Not sure what you mean by sandly ledges. The last bit before the plateau? There is a distinct trail at this point. If you are on sandy ledges before this point that is not the "usual" approach. To get to the Alpine Lake area (flat area with all the little lakes below the summit plateau) I like to climb (3rd class) through the water fall/drainage that leads directly to the flattest part. Last few times I've been up there has been a distinct but intermittent trail. There are alternatives, but I find this the quickest. From there I contour up the hillside to the sandy ledges. I'd say possibly if you stay a little low and stay more on the left it might be easier, but most people seem to go more on the right (north) of the hillside. Sort of a toss-up.
Thanks for the info Khanom, I guess that would be it, I came up the drainage to the first lake then instead of angling up the sandy slope to the left I went straight up to the east ridge via a second class slope that finished with a 3rd class gulley/chimney that gains a sandy plateau with a small weather station on it then followed the ridge up to the final slope with the trail you speak of, It's a nice position with saddlebag & conness lakes on your right & the basin u just climbed out of on the left. If I approached that way again I'd probably do the same, cheers.