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Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 9, 2012 - 01:18am PT
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.

Love that area.


Sonoma County
Oct 9, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
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. :)


Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:44am PT

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!



Nov 6, 2012 - 01:56am PT
One of the funnest climbs ever!

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 sand...
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??
Credit: RyanD

More W.Ridge love.

fossilized in granite
fossilized in granite
Credit: RyanD

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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.

I'd sleep with Conness, I confess.

Nov 6, 2012 - 11:00am PT
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.

Trad climber
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:06pm PT
It's sort of unusual to have such a tricky approach to a feature you can see from miles away. I've done it the young lakes way and would not do so again- too much hiking!

Credit: ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 6, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
^^^ especially that steep hill on the hike out near Ragged Peaks' west shoulder
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