The Trough was my first real winter climb. In 1969 we hiked to the base, my experience being mostly from classic mountaineering books. I must have slept on my arms because I woke up with both hands and arms a sleep and was absolutely sure I had frostbite and would lose my hands.
The climb went ok, but looking back it is amazing we lived through the stupid things we did. 120 feet of gold line and a nice axe from Don's West Ridge.
What a great area to learn to climb.
I have a few old pictures from climbing on Tahquitz in winter. Some go back as far as 1986 and most of them are not of the greatest quality. But ice climbing on Tahquitz can be your most unusual California climbing experience, so here they are:
NE Buttress in winter, 1986 photo by Miguel Carmona
Miguel on the NE Buttress of Tahquitz Rock in 1989.
On The Larks in 1989.
On the NE Buttress of Tahquitz Rock in 2010. Penelope May-Smrz photo.
This is a 1980 photo Of 19 year old Miguel Carmona climbing the Green Arch before his incredible fall off the upper traverse. After he pulled several pieces and fell about 40 feet he went up there and climbed the crux.
Miguel Carmona on the Green Arch in 1980.
Those Tahquitz Dinner Climbs were great fun. Here are Tom Brogan, Pat Oriis, MIchael Reardon and me in 2006. Photo: Penelope May-Smrz
2006 Tahquitz Dinner Climb.
You must know some of these folks.
The Idyllwild Historical Society Evening, November 2011.