Trip Report
2011 Sierra Challenge
Thursday September 8, 2011 8:46pm
Ok, so this might be more summitpost than supertopo, but it is still hiking and scrambling in the Sierras, so not completely off topic.

In any case I decided to participate in the 2011 Sierra Challenge - 10 days, 10 peaks. From near Bridgeport to south of Whitney. I am a bit of a slowish hiker but a good scrambler. I was totally out of the running for the Yellow Jersey, but I did compete for the Polka Dot "King of the Mountain" jersey - for most peaks climbed. I don't really want to re-type the whole trip report, so if you really want to see it, follow this link:

http://www.electricant.net/grundyman/schallenge2011.html

If that is too much trouble, you can see some of the pics below:

A heap of 2011 Sierra Challengers on the summit of Tom Ross
A heap of 2011 Sierra Challengers on the summit of Tom Ross
Credit: MisterT




Tamarack Peak (day 2)



Tuolumne River reflection (Day 3)



Waller Minaret summit (Day 4)



Birch Lake (Day 9)


Ed Lane Peak (Day 9)



edited to add more pics

Later: I looked at it and it seems the pics only show up for me if I have them cached? I no longer know how to include pics on a TR other than uploading them onto supertopo which I don't really feel like doing. Sorry.

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MisterT
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MisterT is a trad climber from the little gold truck.

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Gene

climber
  Sep 8, 2011 - 09:17pm PT
A heap of 2011 Sierra Challengers on the summit of Tom Ross
Ed Lane Peak (Day 9)
Man. Great shots. I thought I had a fairly good knowledge of the Sierra, but I have never heard of Tom Ross (unless Tom is at the bottom of the pile) or Ed Lane Peak.

TFPU

g



Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Sep 8, 2011 - 09:21pm PT
Whole lotta mountains out there. With a bit of help from folk like ya'll, we'll see 'em All. TPFU, for sure.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
  Sep 8, 2011 - 09:22pm PT
Saw a can of Kippers there on the summit-now that is pure class.

Great TR and enticing photos.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
  Sep 8, 2011 - 09:48pm PT
nice shots

rig?
QITNL

climber
  Sep 8, 2011 - 10:06pm PT
Thanks for the nice report and pictures. The Challenge reports documented by Bob and others over the years have provided me with a lot of good useful beta. I noticed my site was getting a bunch of hits for "Waller Minaret" - that must explain it. Congratulations and thanks to all of you for the great information.
MisterT

Trad climber
little gold truck
Author's Reply  Sep 8, 2011 - 10:21pm PT
Thanks, as far as the pics go, I have a Canon xti with a Tamron 17-50mm lens that those pics were taken with. Some are stitched. I was hating the weight some of the time and I tried to take pics quickly to keep up with the group on the approach hikes. Later after we were split up I'd take more time. I love going without the weight of the camera, but then I see something I want pics of and my point and shoot just won't do it justice and I get frustrated. There were some nice early morning and evening scenes that could I have really used a tripod and some time to work though.

There sure are lots of semi-obscure peaks out there to explore. I also noticed plenty of older sierra challenge entries in various registers this year.
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