Trip Report
A Young Lake vicinity tr.
Tuesday October 2, 2012 4:16am
This is a short video I put together of a three day trip to Young Lake. We had intended to climb Conness but had to reassess our goal due to time, weather, and how much 10,000 ft was killing our modesto area cardiovascular system. I was sucking wind like a world of warcraft asthmatic running the track during phys ed. So we went up the peak to the south. This proved to be very adventurous. A lot of third class brush crashing, some fourth class talus/scree scrambling, and some fifth class slab with questionable gear. Small cams, shallow placements.

Harold and myself had intended to climb Conness on Saturday morning. The Ranger at the permit station had said that there was good weather forecasted after Friday. We got up later than intended to a gorgeous brisk morning. The ground was still covered in hail from the previous afternoon. We sighted our objective and started making our way out. We really underestimated the time it would take to cross from Young Lake to the west ridge of Conness. We popped out on a ridge and saw really how much farther we had to go and readjusted our plans.
still a long ways off....
still a long ways off....
Credit: Josh Nash
Lucky we ended up at bout the 10,200 foot contour of the aforementioned peak or ridge system and decided to climb up and see what's what. A good portion was cutting up slope through shrubbery and talus and making our way to the rock bands. At about the 10,600 contour we reached our first rock band and roped up. There was a lot of fourth class with a move or two of fifth. Set an anchor and brought Harold up and set out again.
first roped pitch.
first roped pitch.
Credit: Josh Nash
We reached more talus and shrubbery, unroped and continued making our way up. We encountered another rock band that looked low angle and slabby. We remained unroped and things got a little spicy. I would say it felt like 5.4 slab but casting off into the unknown and having a little bit of air underneath gets the heart rate up. So I slowly and very carefully made my way to a secure stance and suggested the next three pitches we should rope up. After calming my nerves down I launched out again.
view of young lake and our base camp.
view of young lake and our base camp.
Credit: Josh Nash
The next three pitches were pretty uneventful. The gear was marginal but the climbing was secure and fun. We made our way a chimney and grooved rock.
some sand got caught in the lens protector and the lens smudged but th...
some sand got caught in the lens protector and the lens smudged but this is an idea of what we climbed.
Credit: Josh Nash
We reached the top of the rock and bands and were sorely disappointed to see another 200 ft of scrambling to reach the summit. It was reaching our cut off time and clouds were starting to build. I didn't want to get caught in a storm making our way down and I really didn't want to walk back into camp in the dark. So we called it good and started making our way down.
Credit: Josh Nash
It's not a lot of fun down scrambling on endless talus. I kept my climbing shoes on for better purchase most of the way. My toes did not like this in the least bit. In good time we arrived at a suitable point to don our hiking shoes. My toes reveled in the roominess of the generous camp four toe box. I was elated to be back on flat ground and spongy duff.
flat ground is awesome!
flat ground is awesome!
Credit: Josh Nash

this is the video of the complete trip. It was a really good time.
https://vimeo.com/50550675

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Josh Nash
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Josh Nash is a hiker from riverbank ca.

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Josh Nash

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riverbank ca
Author's Reply  Oct 2, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
bump for update
corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity
  Oct 2, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
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splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
  Oct 3, 2012 - 12:59pm PT
Nice! I was there this weekend as well. Or were you out the previous weekend? Stunning area. Cooold Saturday morning.
RP3

Big Wall climber
Twain Harte
  Oct 3, 2012 - 01:25pm PT
TFPU. Looks like a great day in the hills!
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
  Oct 3, 2012 - 08:16pm PT
Looks like a fun outing. Thanks!
Zander

climber
  Oct 4, 2012 - 12:10am PT
It is beautiful up there. Thanks for posting.
Z
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Oct 4, 2012 - 12:14am PT
I wish I had done that.
Josh Nash

Social climber
riverbank ca
Author's Reply  Oct 4, 2012 - 03:46am PT
It was this past weekend. The same weekend as facelift. I felt bad for not checking in but did a little part by packing out some trash found on the trail. It was a bit cool but I don't mind the cold.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Oct 4, 2012 - 04:02am PT
nice J!

will watch the full vid later, but looks like a worthy time!
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