The Peak Climbing Section

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings - John Muir

The Peak Climbing Section (PCS) is an activity section of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. Most of our members live near the San Francisco Peninsula.

Come join us as we explore the high peaks of the Sierra, in summer, winter, spring and fall! We love the views from the top, but you'll find that we also take great pleasure in identifying the flowers, birds and trees as we pass through the meadows and forests on our way to the alpine zone. Not to mention, capturing some cool photos!

Hiking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding in the backcountry of the Sierra - we embrace it all, with a focus on non-technical ascents of peaks. We climb those peaks over rock, snow and ice, descend the canyons, and relax in the meadows.

But it's not just about the Sierras. We also have local training hikes, and occasional trips to the high mountains of the world. Club members have climbed in Alaska, Mexico, Ecuador, the spine of the Andes, Antarctica, the Himalayas and the peaks of Africa. Back in the Bay Area, we get together to practice our skills and to swap tall tales.

We welcome newcomers and invite you to join us on an introductory trip or at one of our monthly meetings. At these get-togethers, members and notable climbers share their excitement and expertise about their adventures. Recent meetings have featured slideshows on the Bugaboos, the Khumbhu, Afghanistan, Everest, and the High Peaks of Bolivia.

Our focus is on non-technical ascents of peaks in the Sierra Nevada. Each month we publish our newsletter, Scree.

Advanced Trip Schedule

This trips are planned to occur in the Spring and Summer. They are subject to change until they appear on the Chapter schedule, but are listed here for planning purposes. Advanced Trip Schedule.

Our Next Meeting

Our meetings are held at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto. You are welcome to attend.

Fair Weather Is Rare In The Fairweather Range: An Ascent of Mt Crillon - Slideshow by Terry Cline

September 9, 2014 from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM

Mt Crillon, 12,726 ft, lies less than ten miles from the shores of Lituya Bay on the Pacific Ocean and sits in the middle of what is now Glacier Bay National Park and is the second highest peak in the Fairweather Range. It was first climbed via its southern slopes in 1934 by a team led by Bradford Washburn that included Charlie Houston of K2 and high altitude medicine fame. It was not climbed again until in June 1972 a group of Juneau climbers ascended the West Ridge after approaching up the North Crillon Glacier that dumps into the sea at Lituya Bay.

In July 1977, inspired by a Bradford Washburn aerial photo of Crillon’s North Ridge in the 1973 AAC Journal, Walt Vennum, Dave Dahl, Terry Cline, and Bruce Tickell, who had been on the second ascent, flew into Lituya Bay to attempt the North Ridge. After being bombarded by rockfall on a reconnaissance of the 2500 ft wall leading to the ridge crest and noting the dangerous avalanche hazard on the entire north side of the peak, they decided to repeat the West Ridge route. That turned out to be adventure enough and they succeeded in making the second ascent of the route and third of the mountain after 25 days of storms interrupted by climbing. They also got in a little salmon fishing waiting for a flight back to Juneau. Crillon awaits its fourth ascent.

Terry is currently Chairman of the PCS, has been climbing for over 40 years, and loves the Sierra Nevada and the Canadian Rockies, though for very different reasons.

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