Trip Report
A Chossy FA in Dinky Lakes Wilderness (September 12-14, 2008)
Wednesday September 30, 2009 2:32am
Been too many non-climbing threads recently. What did ya'll do this past weekend? I'll kick it off.

I went backpacking with a bunch of friends. Luckily one was a climber, and was willing to laden himself with chalk, shoes and a harness for the oh-so-long two-day hike out to Island Lake in Dinkey Lakes Wilderness. I lugged out the rope and a small rack.

The first taste of the wilderness: Night hiking under a (practically) full moon to Mystery lake, roughly midnight-to-1am timeframe on Friday night (looong drive from the bay area).

The next day, since we had to hike a oh-so-far 4 miles or so to Island Lake, and we arrived at our campsite by noon (even with 9 people in our group!), we were forced to climb, what with the Three Sisters calling out to us from just above the campsite and all (oh the horror!).

After the long scramble up, we found something climbable. Some nice fingers on sharp granite, a few hand jams, and before I knew it the difficulties on the first pitch were done with (about 30 feet up a slightly-right-leaning block with a bit of a finger crack behind it before topping out onto the prominent ramp). Yo, this shiz fun!

Clemens (on the left) and Tad chilling at the top of P1 of our...
Clemens (on the left) and Tad chilling at the top of P1 of our FA, "Mounting a Sister"
Credit: tadhunt

As you can see, my buddy forgot his helmet. No big deal since I found him this spacious-alcove-with-a-view to chill in while I tossed rocks down from P2. Dude man, check it out!.

P2 kept it real, starting with pulling over that roof we're sittin' under. After an aborted attempt trending left immediately over the roof (I couldn't find good pro), I went straight up for a while, then wandered across a blocky ledgy type feature before finding something else to throw myself at. I found a nice lichen covered horizontal finger crack / lieback / mantle for the topout. Oh yeah!

From there, we scrambled across all the summits of all Three Sisters, ending on the tallest one where we found a summit register and so recorded Mounting a Sister 2 Pitches, 5.8.


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Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Oct 2, 2009 - 01:27am PT
Kind of cool and more funny.
Pretty thin on the beta, though.

Mountain climber
The Ocean
  Jan 22, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Interesting spot.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Jan 22, 2013 - 01:43pm PT
I've spent a lot of time with climbing gear in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness. While there's certainly a lot of choss, there's also a lot of good climbing, particularly on Dogtooth Peak.

I cheated somewhat in getting there, though. From 1979 through 1983 or 1984, several of my friends put together the "Mountain Man Retreat." We packed in on horseback, with supplies on mules, to one of the Dinkey Lakes, and spent the next few days with way too much booze, food, and fun. We climbed a bit around Island Lake in 1980 or '81, but it wasn't more than a 120-foot pitch, and didn't go to the top. I did several nice climbs on Dogtooth, though, during those trips.

If anyone was camping where we were, I apologize. We really didn't mean to hit you with golf balls during the "Drive the Lake Contest."

Anyway, thanks for the TR, for a topic that helps get the sophomoric stuff off the first page, and for giving me such good memories.


Trad climber
  Jan 22, 2013 - 04:06pm PT
dinky lakes ,,sounds familiar,,,somewhere out of shaver????sierra rock,,sunshine,,wow wee wow,,,
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Jan 22, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
The Dogtooth, yeah. . . Used to lead some wilderness trips out there. Cheers.

Mountain climber
Marooned, 855 miles from Tuolumne Meadows
  Jan 22, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Went out there just once and had a great trip. Thanks for the report on another great place near Fresno.

  Nov 11, 2013 - 07:44pm PT

(As a reminder = BBST = donini for Bump for a Better SuperTopo)

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
  Nov 12, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
I'm with EKat on this,


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