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Run the Table - Table Mountain and More

Backpack over Shepherd Pass and up the Milestone drainage to camp (2 days). Climb Table from the southeast, class 3, move camp to JMT. Climb Cal Tech from the SE, move camp to Bighorn Plateau. Climb Barnard and Trojan via SW slope of Barnard, traverse to Trojan. Climb Tunnabora via Wallace Lake if time and start hiking out. Hike out. If we get ahead of schedule, maybe climb Picket Guard.

This is a moderately difficult trip with some challenging class 3 climbing and difficult route-finding on Table. The other peaks are much easier - class 2. Getting over Shepherd Pass may require ice axe and crampons.

Mountaineering experience is required, including travel over snow using ice axe and crampons, recent travel at altitude, excellent physical condition are all required. Equipment required: crampons, ice axe, helmet. People need to know how to handle being belayed.

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

Shepherd Pass, Eastside
Louise Wholey
Aaron Schuman

Castle Peak Day Hike

Castle Peak

We will meet at the north end of the Castle Peak - Boreal Ridge turnoff road from Highway 80 (0.6 miles west of Donner Pass). This will be a beginners day hike up Castle Peak, and a likely return along a ridge to Basin Mountain and back past Peter Grubb hut.
Contact James Wholey at jnwholey AT; phone 530-550-9286

Class 1
Donner Summit
James Wholey


Mt. Harrington (11,009')

This is a restricted mountaineering trip requiring Sierra Club membership.

Wednesday we will backpack to Frypan Meadows via Deer Cove trail 7.6 miles and ~3000 ft. Thursday we will climb Harrington (11,009), class 3, about 10 miles round trip with about 3000 feet elevation gain and hike out.

This is a moderately difficult trip. We may have to carry skis or snowshoes to use on snow accessing Harrington. Early morning snow will likely be firm enough to use crampons. The peak is class 3.

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 for those taking that gear.

Contact Louise Wholey at

Recent mountaineering experience required
Sequoia National Forest on Kings Canyon entry road
Louise Wholey
Lisa Barboza

McGee Creek

Mt. Baldwin (12,615'), Red Slate (13,123'), possibly Red & White (12,816')

Join us for this intermediate to strenuous trip up in the eastern Sierra to attempt to climb 3 peaks in three days. This area is of particular geological interest because of the dolomitic rock formations and the large number of hanging roof pendants, as well as the unique wildflower biomes that this geology supports.

Day 1: Hike in up McGee Creek 1200 feet, climb Mr. Baldwin, class 2, 3000' gain. (12,615'). Then camp at 9600 feet.
Day 2: Move camp 2 miles, 1000 feet. Then climb Red Slate, class 1, 3000' gain, (13,123'). Possibly climb Red & White (12,816'). Then back to camp after a long day.
Day 3: Hike out and drive home.

You must be in good condition and have experience in class 3 climbing if you want to do all 3 peaks. If you're just interested in seeing some great wildflowers and some very interesting metamorphic rocks, and just want to climb the class 2 peaks, that's fine too. This has been a high snow year. Equipment required: boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, snow camping gear. This trip requires a completed medical form, and signing a liability waiver.

If interested, please send your climbing resume to Lisa Barboza AT

Intermediate to Strenuous
McGee Creek Trailhead, East Side of the Sierras
Lisa Barboza

Lodgepole to Mineral King

Ten Peaks In Ten Days!

Join us for 10 peaks in 10 days starting with a hike on the High
Sierra Trail from Crescent Meadow and ending in Mineral King.

The targeted peaks are Lion Rock (12,360+'), Triple Divide (12,634'),
Stewart (12,200+'), Eagle Scout (12,000+'), Red Kaweah (13,720+'), Mt.
Kaweah (13,802'), Lippincott (12,265'), Eisen (12,160+'), Sawtooth
(12,343'), and Needham (12,520+'). Peaks are class 2 - 3.

An option exists to do the first part of the trip with us as a 6 day
trip, Sun Aug 8 to Fri Aug 13, starting and ending at Crescent Meadow,
climbing Lion Rock (12,360+'), Triple Divide (12,634'), and Stewart
(12,200+').  Eagle Scout (12,000+') could be added by staying another

Another option is to enter at Mineral King around Saturday Aug 14 (on
your own permit) to join us for the latter part of the trip, that is,
the peaks above Big Arroyo, Red Kaweah (13,720+'), Mt. Kaweah
(13,802'), Lippincott (12,265'), Eisen (12,160+'), as well as Sawtooth
(12,343'), and Needham (12,520+').   Contact

Strenuous, long trip, recent mountaineering experience required
Sequoia National Park
Louise Wholey

Tehipite Dome, Tunemah

Tehipite Dome (7,708') and Tunemah Peak (11,894')

Hike through the lovely forests of the southern parts of Sierra National Forest through Crown Valley to Tehipite Dome. We plan to climb the dome and return to camp below Kettle Dome the first day, covering about 20 miles. The second day is a 20-mile day hike into the NP through Blue Canyon to climb Tunemah and return to camp. The last day hike out, about 15 miles.

Participants should be extremely well-conditioned for long light-weight backpacking and long multiple-day hikes.


Strenuous, very long hike
Wishon Reservoir, Rancheria TH
Louise Wholey
Alex Sapozhnikov

Merced Peak

Merced Peak (11,726')

Backpack from Sky Ranch Road to Upper Ottoway Lake via Chiquito and Merced Passes. This route takes us about 15 miles to camp through the southernmost regions of Yosemite National Park. Sunday climb Merced Peak (class 2) and hike out. Contact:

Note: Trip is full but with a waitlist

Yosemite National Park
Louise Wholey
Emilie Cortes

Lyell and Parsons

Lyell (13,114') and Parsons (12,040')


We will drive up on Friday and hopefully get a permit early Saturday morning. Long day on Saturday: hike in to Ireland Lake, drop our packs and climb Parsons. Another long day, Sunday, when we will move damp and climb Lyell. Hike out on Monday. I will have my 12-year-old son Gavin with me. These are the high points of Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties. Please email if interested: Leader: Jeff Fisher, 650-207-9632.

Class 2 and 3. Possible glacier travel on Lyell; crampons and ice axe may be necessary.
Tulomne Meadows, Yosemite
Jeff Fisher

Vitamin and Mineral King

Mineral Peak (11,550') and Needham Mtn (12,520')

During the month of October, the aspens of Mineral King are clothed in gold. On Day 1, we'll hike 4 miles from the trailhead (7,830') to our camp at Crystal Lake (10,800') and make a side jaunt to nearby Mineral Peak (11,550'). On Day 2, we'll cross the tricky third class col (11,500'), drop down to Amphitheater Lake (11,100'), go up to Needham Mountain (12,520'), and finally return to camp the way we came. On easy Day 3, we'll hike out and drive home. Contact Aaron Schuman: <>

Class 3
Mineral King, Sequoia National Park
Aaron Schuman

Mt Johnson and Mt. Gilbert

Mt. Johnson (12,871'. class 2/3); Mt. Gilbert (13,106', class 2)

Friday we'll hike up to Treasure Lakes where we'll set up camp and enjoy the scenery. Saturday we'll split up with the faster party heading for Mt. Gillbert. After a successful visit to the summit, they will join the slower party relaxing on Mt. Johnson, before all head back to camp. Then on Sunday we'll hike back out.

This will be a relatively slow-paced trip (for the slower party), and the climbing will for the most part be easy., so it should be appropriate for relative beginners who have done a bit of climbing.

Contact Leader: Charles Schafer; (408) 829-0381 or Co-Leader Bob Suzuki:

Class 2/3
Eastside of the Sierras
Charles Schafer
Bob Suzuki