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Mather's Day

Striped (13,179'), Bolton Brown (13,491'), Prater (14,471'), Thumb (13,356'), Birch (13,602'), Wynne (13,179'), Pinchot (13,494'), Perkins (12,566')

Devote an entire week to exploring the High Passes region of the Sierra Nevada and climbing many of the spectacular, rugged peaks in the area. We’ll begin with a grunt up Taboose Pass, from its desert trailhead (5400) up to the Pacific Crest (11400). We can climb Striped Mtn (13120) there. We’ll move to the lovely and little visited Upper Basin (11599), from which we’ll be in position to climb Mt Bolton Brown (13538) and Mt Prater (13329). We’ll pack over Mather Pass (12080) and camp at Upper Palisade Lake (11767), in order to climb The Thumb (13665) and Birch Mtn (13665). Then returning over Mather Pass, we’ll camp near Lake Marjorie (11440), from which we’ll be set up to climb Mt Wynne (13179), Mt Pinchot (13495), and Mt Perkins (12591), with a day hike over Pinchot Pass (12500). We’ll return the way we came, down the long, dry Taboose trail. The days will be strenuous, but the rewards will be incomparable.

Leader: Aaron Schuman 650-968-9184

Class 2 with possible snow
Above Independence, Kings Canyon NP
Aaron Schuman

Zinfandel and Chardonnay

Red & White Mountain (12,816')

From McGee Creek trailhead (8100) we’ll hike up the trail to Big McGee Lake (10400), probably encountering spring slush before we make camp. We have the option of climbing the big southeast snow slope of Red & White Mountain (12816) on Saturday or Sunday. Previous climbers promise that we’ll enjoy the impressive summit that rises hundreds of feet above the ridge, looking tough, but turning out to be a pleasant scramble up a colorful mass of unexposed rock.

Leader: Aaron Schuman 650-968-9184
Co-leader: Joe Baker

Class 2 Snow Climb
South of Mammoth, John Muir Wilderness
Aaron Schuman
Joe Baker

Rocky Mountain High Points

Kings (Utah high point) class 2, 3-day hike; Borah (Idaho high point) class 2, 3-very-steep-day-hike; Granite (Montana high point) class 3, 3-day-hike

Tim Hult will be climbing the high points of three states in this period: Utah (Kings peak), Idaho (Borah Peak), Montana (Granite). All are worthy peaks set in spectacular settings. None of these are walk ups, Kings and Granite will require multi-day backpacking trip, and Borah is a stiff day hike. I plan to fly to some convenient start / stop point, rent a car and drive to all of the destinations. I'm looking for someone to share the expenses, and enjoy the climbs with. We will be meeting Steve Eckert for the Montana climb. Please contact Tim Hult: tim d hult at sbcglobal dot net (no spaces, use appropriate substitutions)

Class 2, 3 and possible use of ice axe and crampons
Utah, Idaho, Montana
Tim Hult

Round Top Redo

Round Top (10,381')

This was slated to happen on the spring weekend in March but
the weather did not cooperate. I am hoping for a better weather window
this time around.

Day trip on snow, ice-axe, crampons, skis or snowshoes. Skis with
skins or snowshoes needed for the approach then ice-axe and
crampons for the summit area.

Meet at 8.30am at Carson Pass Sno-Park on Highway-88, ready to go.
To park there you will need a sno-park permit. They are strict about this
and you will be cited (heavy fine) in case you do not have a sno-park permit.

Difficulty: Snow/winter conditions but otherwise intermediate level
skiing and you have to have experience with axe/crampons
and be able to handle the altitude of over 10k ft, early in the

Contact Arun Mahajan:

Intermediate level skiing, experience with ice axe and crampons
Carson Pass, Hwy 88
Arun Mahajan


Cloudripper (13,625')

Plan to ski up the north fork of Big Pine Creek to a campsite somewhere between First Lake and Seventh Lake, depending mostly on how far the road is open. Snow camp Friday night, climb Cloudripper Saturday, ski out and return home Sunday. Leaders will be on skis.

Requires high altitude experience (camp will be 10-11,000 ft), excellent physical condition, avalanche safety training, winter snow travel and climbing skills.

Leader: Louise Wholey,

Co-leader: Stephane Mouradian,

Class 2 snow climb, class 3 summit block
Big Pine Creek, North Fork
Louise Wholey
Stephane Mouradian

Makalu base camp to Khumbu trek over East Col, West Col, and Mera La (6000+M passes x2)

Mera Peak (optional ascent) 6476m

I'm trying to put together a small group of like-minded folks for the "world's highest trek" in Nepal- the traverse from Makalu base camp to the Khumbu. Two passes over 6000M, option of ascending Mera 6476M. I'm a physician at PAMF and have no commercial interest in any trip. A few of my "patients" (fitter than me!) are members of the Loma Prieta peak climbing section. I will provide medical backup in route but will not be in any official role- just a participant. I have contacts with several Nepali guides and and will act as intermediary for setting up the trip *without* any financial interest at all. I've recently trekked with a large mixed group that was ill-suited for the challenges we faced- I'm hoping to put together a great group with a good Nepali Sherpa crew.

Trek info: A rigorous 4 week technical trek with sustained high altitudes over 5,000M. Two passes over 6000m and option of ascending Mera Peak at 6400+M. Roped descents of two passes. Alpine experience with fantastic view of Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Chamlang. and Baruntse. The road much less traveled into the over-traveled Everest area. Experience at altitude and glacier travel essential.


Leader and contact info: Tom McDonald;

This is a rigorous 4-week technical trek with sustained altitudes over 5,000m


Mount Perkins (12,566')

Friday, 5/27/11 Camp up the Armstrong Canyon Road – either hike in, or drive on 4WD road, depending on conditions
Saturday, 5/28/11 climb Perkins, near Armstrong Col, and traverse ridge to Perkins
Sunday, 5/29/11 drive or hike out.

Participants must be proficient on snow, helmet, iceaxe, crampons required. Co-leader wanted.
Contact, or 650/493-8099

Proficient on snow, and use of ice axe and crampons
Eastside of the Sierras
Lisa Barboza

Memorial Day Trip Peak Baggers Special

Goode (13085'), Gilbert (13106'), Johnson (12,871'), Giraud (12,608')

Join us in this intermediate trip to peaks near Bishop Pass, on a spring trip. There will be snow, so be prepared for snow camping.
Sunday, May 29th, hike in partway to Bishop Pass
Monday, drop packs in northern Dusy Basin at camp, climb Goode
Tuesday, climb Gilbert, Johnson via traverse route
Wednesday, climb Giraud, hike out

Participants should be in excellent condition,, proficient on snow, helmet, iceaxe, crampons required. Be prepared for snow. Co-leader wanted.
Contact, or 650/493-8099

Proficient on snow, and use of ice axe and crampons
South Lake, Eastside of the Sierras
Lisa Barboza

Ski Day Peaks or Deerhorn

Day Peaks or Deerhorn (13,281')

Depending on road openings and interest we will either ski to and climb Deerhorn or do Cloudripper and some other peaks. The descent of the ME gully of Deerhorn is 35 degrees. Winter camping for Deerhorn; Bishop lodging or camping for Cloudripper et al.


Eastside of the Sierras
Louise Wholey

North Palisade (14,248')

North Palisade

From the "Glacier Lodge" trailhead above Big Pine, hike up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek to a camp at Sam Mack Meadow. From there, cross the Palisade Glacier - the largest glacier in the Sierra Nevada - and climb the U-Notch Couloir (snow and possible ice, to 40 degrees).

From the notch, climb two pitches up the 5.4 "chimney", then the follow the easier class 3+ ridge to the top. Return home on the 3rd day.
Participants must have proven skills and must be known to the leaders. Trip currently full, but waiting list is being kept.

Contact: Kelly Maas kamaas444 (at), Louise Wholey

Rating 3E3 (class 5 + snow/ice)
Near Big Pine, East Side, Inyo National Forest
Kelly A Maas
Louise Wholey