West Ridge, Mt. Conness 5.6
Avg time to climb route: 3-5 hours
Approach time: 3-5 hours
Descent time: 2-3 hours
Number of pitches: 12
Height of route: 1500'
OverviewThe West Ridge of Mt. Conness is perhaps the best moderate alpine climb in Tuolumne. With the competition including Cathedral Peak and Matthes Crest, this says a lot. TM Herbert described it as “great fun, like two Cathedral Peaks stacked on top of each other.” Peter Croft called it the best route he had done in the Sierra backcountry (albeit before embarking on some of his recent mega-traverse-linkups). Those familiar with the many options climbers encounter on Cathedral and Matthes will be overwhelmed with Mt. Conness—there are hundreds of possible starting points, and nearly every pitch has dozens of possible variations.
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