North Ridge 5.5

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Lone Pine Peak

High Sierra, California USA

Trip Report
Lone Pine Peak - North Ridge - July 4th 2017
Monday July 10, 2017 1:13pm

20 hours car-to-car.... Woke up in the portal around 3:30am started hiking in around 4:30am Tuesday. Reached the summit around 6/7pm.... went down the wrong descent gully and luckily able to traverse to the correct one with some easy 5th class down climbing. Reached the upper lake just as night fell and relaxed for about 45min filtering water. Scrambled through boulders, annoying bushes, soggy ground and finally reached a trail with wet approach shoes. Hiked 6 miles back to the car where we arrived at 12:30am Wednesday. Brought ice axes but didn't need. Starving nothing open in Lone Pine so ate a Frozen Burrito at gas station, drove 4 hours back to LA arriving a little after 5am. Showered, laid down for a few then woke up at 8am for work. I was haggard for a few days after.... ugghhh but fun I guess :-)

Somewhere up on Lone Pine Peak 7/4/17
Somewhere up on Lone Pine Peak 7/4/17
Credit: Esparza

My boss Uri on the first pitch of the headwall... Zigzag start.
My boss Uri on the first pitch of the headwall... Zigzag start.
Credit: Esparza

Lone Pine Peak
Lone Pine Peak
Credit: Esparza

Me leading up some 5.8 stuff... We got offroute somewhere.... easy to ...
Me leading up some 5.8 stuff... We got offroute somewhere.... easy to do.... just keep moving.
Credit: Esparza

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About the Author
Esparza is a trad climber from Westminster, CA.


Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jul 10, 2017 - 01:15pm PT

and thx for the conditions info

Trad climber
Westminster, CA
Author's Reply  Jul 10, 2017 - 01:16pm PT
It was super hot up on the ridge.... We would have ran out of water if it were not for some random snow patches we came across.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
  Jul 10, 2017 - 03:20pm PT
....back to LA for work.

A familiar story.

Thanks for the trip report.
looks easy from here

Santa Cruzish
  Jul 10, 2017 - 09:40pm PT
My boss Uri on the first pitch of the headwall

Not sure if this should have made it easier or harder to call in sick the next day.
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
  Jul 11, 2017 - 11:20am PT
That's a fairly burly day's worth of effort! Nicely done. Also, cool pics so thanks for taking the time to post this up.

Trad climber
berkeley ca
  Jul 23, 2017 - 08:57am PT
Cool trip! Thanks for the inspiration!! Didi you guys start at the start of the ridge or at the ledge that leads in per the most popular way?

Trad climber
  Sep 1, 2017 - 02:04pm PT
How was the route??? How much water did you take?? Food? Rack??? I hope you can answer these questions. Thanks Buddy
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Sep 2, 2017 - 03:30am PT
Proud effort!
Thank you.
Lone Pine Peak - North Ridge 5.5 - High Sierra, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak.
Photo: Dan Mingori