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Mt. Conness


Tuolumne Meadows, California USA


Trip Report
September Weekend in Tuolumne: N. Ridge of Conness and North Peak Scramble
Friday October 1, 2010 10:49am
This past weekend, Jeremy, Ryan, Matt and I headed up to the high country for another, yet typical, amazing Tuolumne weekend. Late Friday after driving from Berkeley and listening to the Giants, I was left in Ranger Camp. I woke up and met my good buddy Matt and his new home, ready to climb the N. Ridge of Conness.
Matt's new home.  Awesome.
Matt's new home. Awesome.
Credit: Byrner

Everything ready, we hiked on the W. side of Saddlebag Lake and headed up.
Matt and North Peak.
Matt and North Peak.
Credit: Byrner

We ascend through the Hall Research Area past the Conness Lakes.
Credit: Byrner
And through the bit of 4th to the ridge between Conness and North Peak...
And through the bit of 4th to the ridge between Conness and North Peak.
Credit: Byrner

Now we go for the first tower. No need to rope up here. Easy 3rd and a few 4th class moves. Definitely not old school Clyde 4th.

Up to the 1st tower.
Up to the 1st tower.
Credit: Byrner

We make a few moves and downclimb to start heading up to the second tower and rapp. We didn't pull out the ropes until we reached the raps.

Matt downclimbs below the first tower.
Matt downclimbs below the first tower.
Credit: Byrner

Cool view of the summit push after rapping.

N. Ridge of Conness and Conness Glacier.
N. Ridge of Conness and Conness Glacier.
Credit: Byrner

We made quick work of the route after the rapps by simuling. I think if I went back, I'd solo the route. Everything was super solid all the way to the summit.

Matt tops out and swings just right of the highest tower on the summit...
Matt tops out and swings just right of the highest tower on the summit ridge.
Credit: Byrner
Another great day in the mountains.
Another great day in the mountains.
Credit: Byrner

I couldn't get enough of the beauty of the Conness Lakes area, so Sunday Ryan, Jeremy and I met up and decided to take a nice stroll up North Peak. It's September and the Giants are gunning for 1st, so if not talking about climbing, we were talking about Giants baseball.

September.  Only two things on the mind.
September. Only two things on the mind.
Credit: Byrner

Coming from Saddlebag Lake, the approach to gain the ridge was similar to that of Conness' N. Ridge. We scrambled up scree and made a few 4th class moves, then got on a broad plateau. Once there, we hugged the ridge to the right so we could do some easy scrambling and enjoy the views out to the North and East.

Jeremy scrambles his way to the summit.
Jeremy scrambles his way to the summit.
Credit: Byrner

Hurrah! We bagged another one!

Ryan and Jeremy celebrate North Peak.
Ryan and Jeremy celebrate North Peak.
Credit: Byrner

We scrambled down some 3rd class ledges to the East to shorten our return to Saddlebag. After some scree skiing, we kicked it at the lake for a bit with the hacky sack, then headed to Tuolumne for beers in the meadows.

Hackin' by the lake.
Hackin' by the lake.
Credit: Byrner
Here's to another great weekend in our favorite place.
Here's to another great weekend in our favorite place.
Credit: Byrner

And, per usual, Olmsted Point was lookin' fine when we drove by on the way back to the Bay.

Credit: Byrner


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cowpoke

climber
  Sep 17, 2010 - 09:30am PT
nice report with some beautiful pictures. looks like good times!

but...go Rockies! gonna be a fun race, eh?
Byrner

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
Author's Reply  Sep 17, 2010 - 09:32am PT
Heheheh, you better believe it! Gotta love September when baseball's heating up and the Sierra cools off and dries out.
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

Trad climber
  Sep 17, 2010 - 01:51pm PT
Cool TR - looks like a great weekend.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
  Sep 17, 2010 - 02:01pm PT
Nice. We were on the West Ridge, wondering how the Giants were doing!
Byrner

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
Author's Reply  Sep 17, 2010 - 02:18pm PT
Ha! We were bummed with that result on Saturday, but all's well now! There was a healthy group of climbers on the summit last saturday from both ridges. Fun atmosphere.
Phil_B

Social climber
CHC, en zed
  Sep 17, 2010 - 02:26pm PT
Nice! Thanks for sharing
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  Sep 20, 2010 - 02:29pm PT
Great pics, especially like that parting shot. It's always a melancholy feeling leaving the Sierra back for the Bay.
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Sep 20, 2010 - 03:17pm PT
Bump!
Gene

climber
  Sep 20, 2010 - 03:31pm PT
Lovely.
Byrner

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
Author's Reply  Sep 20, 2010 - 07:21pm PT
le bruce: Sunday evenings in the Meadows always make me question whether or not I should keep my job... Then again, it pays the bills so I can get out.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
  Sep 20, 2010 - 07:29pm PT
Great looking trip!
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