It is one of the most beautiful views in all the Sierra. It catches the sunrise over the White Mts., and the alpenglow in the evening. I'm a photogragpher, so I'm interested in capturing those moments, but the experience itself is remembered for a life time. I would recomend leaving early anyway because it's a relitively long approach.
Everybody is in a hurry these days. So gripped and focused on just the climb/climbing, checking the tic list. If I were going to do it again, I would hike up sometime in the mid afternoon, and set up a tent, kick back and be up before sunrise...do the climb and then head down. It's just a unique spot with personal memories. It can be windy up there though(on the plateau).
And if you can time it to correspond with a full moon rising over the Whites, then it is really glorious.
edit: special memories in that two of my good friends, who were climbers, ashes were laid to rest in the Dana Couloir.
Did the 3rd Pillar this last Saturday under beautiful conditions. The approach had some snow, but easily doable in approach shoes. It was my first 5.10 lead and I loved every minute of it! Ill throw a trip report up later but hereís two photos.
3rd Pillar Overview
This one is the overview of the pillar. Such great Rock!!!!!
Hereís the death flake on pitch 4! Itís either 10a fingers to the left or a 5.8 Flaring/Ow to the right. We went right and it was interesting!