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Ice Axe and Crampon Practice

Practice snow climbing techniques and maybe climb a peak

Spend a weekend at Carson Pass brushing up on ice axe and crampon skills. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners, but you'll get the most out of it if you do some studying in advance. My favorite all-round mountaineering skills book is Freedom of the Hills. Participants must supply their own equipment. There is a good chance we'll climb a peak. Be prepared to spend full days away from the car, and a lot of time lying down in wet snow (full rain gear). We'll car camp in a dry campground. Contact Kelly for further details. (kellymbase-pcs@yahoo.com or my kamaas4.. address) or 408-378-5311.

Carson Pass
Kelly A Maas


Center Basin Trip

Mt. Keith (13,977'), Mt. Bradley (13,289'), and possibly University Peak (13,632')

Day 1: Start at Onion Valley, go over Kearsage Pass, head south on the John Muir Trail, camp near Golden Bear Lake - 14 miles.
Days 2 and 3: Climb Keith and Bradley.
Day 4: Pack up and return to the trailhead.
We may throw in University for good measure, depending on time, weather, and the desires of the participants and whims of the leader. The trek to Center Basin is quite long, but the trip should be easy from a technical point of view.
Email: jschou AT solar.stanford.edu

Class 2 or perhaps 3
Independence, East Side
Jesper Schou


Mount Shasta

Mt. Shasta (14,162')

We will climb the mountain by the Avalanche Gulch route. Drive Friday afternoon to the trailhead, get up early Saturday (2 am) and start climbing. Come back down the mountain the same day and drive home.

Participants need to have experience with ice axe, crampons, and self-arrest, and be in reasonable shape to climb the mountain as a day hike.

Send email to Ron Karpel, ronny@karpel.org, with experience and conditioning, and ice axe/crampons experience, H & W phones, and ride share info.

Must be in good shape, and have experience with ice axe, crampons and self-arrest.
Mount Shasta
Ron Karpel


Julius Caesar (13,200'+)

Mt. Julius Caesar (13,200'+)

This is a restricted trip requiring Sierra Club membership. Saturday we will backpack to Honeymoon Lake (10,400') for our camp, 6.4 miles, 3000 ft gain. Sunday will be a long day with a very early start. We will climb Julius Caesar (13,200'+), 10 miles round trip with about 3000' of elevation gain. Monday hike out.
This is a moderately difficult trip. We plan to use skis or snowshoes in Granite Basin (expect good corn snow for skiing). Early morning snow will be firm for travel with crampons and ice axes. The peak is class 2. One leader will be on skis and the other on snowshoes. Mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, recent travel at altitude, excellent physical condition, and snow camping experience are all required. Equipment required: boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, snow camping gear, and snowshoes or skis, skins, poles, and ski crampons. Recent snowshoe or backcountry skiing experience are required.
Contact Louise Wholey at louisewholey@yahoo.com

Recent mountaineering experience required
Pine Creek, Eastside
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Mt. Thompson and Mt. Powell

Mt. Thompson (13494,' class 2) and Mt. Powell (13356', class 2)

We'll enter the John Muir Wilderness at Lake Sabrina (above the town of Bishop), and hike on-and-off trail past rockbound lake basins to our camp at Sunset Lake, below the stunning cliff face of Mt. Powell. We'll trek up to the saddle between our two peaks, and then climb them from the gentler southwest and southeast sides. From the summits, we'll enjoy spectacular views of the north faces of the Palisades. We'll camp a second night at Sunset Lake and hike back out the way we entered.
Email: a.j.schuman AT gmail.com

Class 2
Sabrina Lake, Eastside
Aaron Schuman


Piute, Petit, and Volunteer

Piute (10541'), Petit (10788'), Volunteer (10481')

This is a "fast and light" style trip designed to cover many miles per day. The plan is: Day 1: Hike to Seavey Pass from Twin Lakes; 15.2 mi, 2000' climbing; Day 2: Climb Volunteer and Petit from camp, 15.5 mi, 3600' climbing; Day 3: Climb Piute, hike to Peeler Lake, 14.4 mi, 5400' climbing; Day 4: Hike out, 8 mi. A trip report describing the route and climbing is available in the October 2008 Scree. Strong and fast backpacking skills plus recent mountaineering experience required. Contact Louise Wholey: louisewholey at yahoo.com

Note: Trip is full, but with a waitlist.

Strenuous
Twin Lakes, Northern Yosemite
Louise Wholey
Aaron Schuman


Haeckel & Wallace

Haeckel (13418') & Wallace (13377')

Join us on a spring snow climb of Mt. Haeckel and Mt. Wallace. We'll be using ice axe, crampons, and helmets, and camping in the spring snow.
From Lake Sabrina TH, we'll hike in to Sailor Lake, over snow. We might take snowshoes, some may want to ski in. It will depend on the ability of the group.
Day 1: Lake Sabrina to Sailor Lake, 6.5 miles, 2500' gain;
Day 2: Sailor Lake to Haeckel & Wallace and return, 5.5 miles, 3500' gain;
Day 3: Hike out or climb other peaks with trip leader on a private trip

Contact Lisa at 650-493-8099, or lisa.barboza@gd-ais.com

Must be experienced in snow climbing, use of ice axe and crampons. Helmets are required.
Sabrina Lake, Eastside
Lisa Barboza
Stephane Mouradian


Mt. Sill

Mt. Sill (14,162')

Mt. Sill: One guide book quotes Walter Starr, Jr as having written ". . . it can be said to be the [ultimate] of all Sierra peaks in the extent and quality of the views it offers." It's also part of the main Palisades massif, overlooking the largest glacier in the Sierra. I'll lead a crack team of qualified adventurers up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek, across this glacier and up the North Couloir route. The difficult section isn't long, but participants must be solid on class 3 and must have some ice axe and crampon experience. A rope will be used. If you think you have what it takes, send me your resume.

Map: Tom Harrison Kings Canyon High Country, or North Palisade & Split Mtn USGS 7.5 min.
Leader: Kelly Maas, 408-378-5311, kellymbase-pcs@yahoo.com

Class 4 and snow
Big Pine, Eastside
Kelly A Maas


Mt. Gayley

Mt. Gayley (13, 510')

We will backpack up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek to Sam Mack Meadow via Black Lake. This is about 8 miles and climbs from 7600' to 11,000'. There may be snow covering the trail. For the peak climb to Glacier Notch (13,080') via Palisade Glacier and a chute covered with snow over loose rock, class 3 - ice axe and crampons needed. Follow the 'Yellow Brick Road' (ledges on the right hand side of the SW ridge) to the summit.

This is a difficult trip. We may consider using skis or snowshoes to get to camp. An early morning departure should make the snow firm enough for travel using crampons and ice axe. The route is class 3.

Extensive recent mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, recent travel at altitude, excellent physical condition, and snow camping experience are all required. Equipment required: boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, snow camping gear, and possibly snowshoes or skis, skins, poles, and ski crampons. Recent snowshoe or backcountry skiing experience are required.

This trip requires Sierra Club membership, filling out a medical form, and signing a liability waiver.

Contact: louisewholey@yahoo.com

Recent mountaineering experience required
Mammoth Area, Eastside
Louise Wholey


Mts. Bago and Rixford

This is a moderate intermediate level trip. Backpack from Onion Valley over Kearsarge Pass to Kearsarge Lakes. Climb Bago (11870) and Rixford (12887) from camp on the second day. Some climbing may require ice axes and crampons due to frozen snow. We may use snowshoes to prevent pole-holing late in the day. We may climb Gould (class 3 summit block) if time permits on the way in or out. Gould
has a class 3 summit block.

Mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, recent travel at altitude, excellent physical condition, and snow camping experience are all required. Equipment required: boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, snow camping gear.

This trip requires Sierra Club membership, filling out a medical form, and signing a liability waiver.

Possible ice axe, crampons, class 3
Onion Valley
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


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