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Scree for August, 1999

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                  August, 1999	Vol. 33 No. 8
     Deadline for submissions to the next Scree is Sunday 8/29/99

This issue of Scree will be on the Official PCS Website at

Next general meeting (PCS meetings are the second tuesday of each month)

Date:	Tuesday, August 10
Time:	8:00 PM
Program:	Escapade in Escalante

Follow Cecil and Kai down the strenuous canyons of 
the Grand Staircase. Will they be turned back by the 
deep waters of the Escalante? Will their camp be 
destroyed by flash floods?  Will the deer flies drive 
Kai screaming into the river? Will the petroglyphs of 
Scorpion Gulch reveal the secret to their escape? 
Find the answers to these questions and more as we 
weave our way beneath the towering canyon walls

Location:	Western Mountaineering, Santa Clara
(PDF version has a drawn map here)

Directions:	2344 El Camino Real, Santa 
Clara (between San Thomas and Los Padres), 
parking in the rear.

From 101: Exit at San Thomas Expressway, Go 
South to El Camino Real. Turn left and the Western 
Mountaineering will be immediately to your right.

Official, Unofficial, and Private Trips

Recently, George Van Gorden and I were approached by the new 
chair of the Mountaineering Oversight Committee Bill Oliver 
regarding the loose distinction the PCS was making between 
"Official" and "Private" or "Unofficial" trips.  The concern Bill 
raised is that people on a private trip may mistakenly think they 
are on a Sierra Club sponsored activity.  In case of an accident the 
club may be legibly, because we do not make it clear that private 
trips published in the Scree are not affiliated with the Sierra 

Both George and I agreed that the ability to advertise private trips 
in the PCS publications is an important service to our community, 
particularly because the club cannot sponsor all the trips our 
members like to run.  At the same time, Bill Oliver has a valid 
concern.  The Sierra Club had been conceived as a deep pocket, 
and been dragged into litigation for lesser things.  We need to do 
our best to protect the club, so we can continue to enjoy its 
services.  Following are the issues that were raised and how we 
like to solve them.

Private or Unofficial:

One of the issues raised was how we call trips that are not 
affiliated with the PCS.  We should not call them "Private PCS 
Trips" and we shouldn't call them "Unofficial PCS Trips", 
because that creates the impression that those are PCS affiliated 
trips (guess who was caught making this mistake.)  We should 
simply call them "Private Trips" (no PCS in there), as that is 
what they are.  I know we are all very proud in the fact that we 
are members of the PCS and would like to express that when we 
talk about our trip or sign the summit register.  But let's try to be 
careful not to create the impression that we are on a trip affiliated 
with the PCS when it is not. I recently started to sign summit 
registers adding, on a separate line, the phrase "Friends of the 
PCS".  I think "Members of the PCS" will work too. I know first 
amendment gives every person some rights, but we ask that in 
exchange for having your trip advertised in the PCS publication, 
you try to be considerate of the PCS needs.

Scree Issues:

There were some mistake made in the list of "Official PCS Trips" 
in the Scree.  They were partly my mistakes, and partly other's.  
We came up with a new scheme that will help reduce mistakes in 
the list and also make the list available on line.  See the "PCS 
Calendar" link in the PCS web page. We also added stronger 
words to the disclaimer leading to the private trips section in the 

Web Page Issues:

The "Calendar" link in the web page used to point to our advance 
trip list which listed both private and official trips together.  We 
have changed that so official trips are listed in the calendar and 
all other trips in the advance list.  We will be careful to keep the 
2 lists separate. We also improved the disclaimer.

What We Tell Participants:

We ask leaders that have their private trips listed in the scree to 
make sure all their participants know that the trip is not affiliated 
with the Sierra Club or the PCS.  I am aware of situations where 
participants of a private trip thought they where on an official trip 
of the PCS...  not a good thing.  A private trip leader who doesn't 
make it clear to his/her participants that they are on a private trip 
may loose the right to use PCS publications for their private trips. 

This apparently is not the first time the issue is raised.  In the 
past, a few changes were made to try to address this problem, 
apparently we need to revisit this issue every so often.  One 
problem seems to be that the PCS has no representation in the 
MOC, and so our activity and procedures get scrutinized without 
us having a say in the manner.  This time we requested and been 
promised a PCS representative in the MOC.  For now George, as 
the PCS chair, will appoint someone to represent us.  We may 
want to add this position to the PCS bylaws for the future.

"Vy can't ve chust climb?" - John Salathe

-- Ron Karpel

Sleeping Bag Care

Here are various comments on sleeping bag care from the 
broadcast list.

-- Bob Bynum, Scree Editor

Most down bags would rather be cleaned with gentle detergent 
(such as REI's LOFT soap, not Tide) than with dry-cleaning 

The feathers do have some natural oils, and I've been told by 
highend bag makers that dry cleaning can shorten the life of the 
bag. I run mine down to the Laundromat every other year, putting 
just one bag in one of the huge side-loading washers, then air dry 
it for about an hour in one of the huge side-loading dryers. No old 
shoe needed, the tumbling works just fine. Go easy on the soap.

-- Steve Eckert

I just took mine to a local dry cleaner. Nearly all of the ones near 
my home offer sleeping bag cleaning, though they all send the 
bag somewhere else. 

The results were impressive, besides being clean, my bag came 
back twice the size it was when I sent it in. I half expected it to 
be ruined, but it turned out fine. 

-- Eric.Busboom

I put both my SD down bag in the washer on 
"gentle/warm/warm" for 2 cycles (about 45 minutes) and fluff 
dried it on low heat for 1 hr and it also was twice the size as 
before...and warmer and wonderfully clean!

DO NOT PUT SOFTNER (It is oil and you don't want Exxon 
Valdez in your dryer or bag).

This is all according to the directions that came with my bags.

I must have done this 5-6 times in the last 2 years, but I use in 
over 90 days per year so it needed it.

-- Rich Calliger

I bought some REI down soap and cleaned my own bag some 
years ago. It came out very nice. However, I was very careful and 
used a big laundry/work tub to do the work. I wouldn't 
recommend a machine, too rough. Probably also makes a 
difference if you're synth vs. down.

Mine was/is down and it took some days to dry between an 
outdoor line (be sure you've got sunny weather for a few days) 
and the cool-tumble dryer setting. I also think the more you wash 
a bag, the shorter its lifespan. 

I typically sleep in a "clean layer" to postpone the need for 

-- Mark Adrian

Mt Morrison, 12227 ft. - June 27, 1999

A note on the conditions found on Morrison yesterday and a route description.

There is no need for an ice axe. Wear gaiters to avoid getting 
scree in the boots. Everything on this mountain ambles, slips, 
shifts, slithers and falls. In combination with nearly 5000 ft of 
gain within very few miles, it gets to be a strenuous day.

The description of the route in Secor is dead-on and so are the 
PCS and SPS trip reports.

Here is an attempt at describing the route:

Drive to the left end of Convict Lake as far as the road will take 
you and park at the furthest parking lot.

You are 2/3rd of the way of the length of the lake.

Hike through brush to the first ridge line on the left of the lot. 
You will meet an old jeep road, follow it till it ends in a short 
distance at a stream. Follow this stream up, keeping it to your 
right as it comes down a beautiful verdant valley. The stream 
seems to originate from a small tarn. There is another tarn further 
up which looks like it is turning into a meadow and then there is 
a much larger tarn further up.

By following the stream, you are going behind (south) the front 
peak (10800+) that blocks the view of Morrison.

Turn right (west) at the small tarn towards a cirque like valley 
that is on the lower reaches of Mt Morrison.

A steep trail switchbacks through this valley till it tops out below 
Morrison's east face. One of the many options to reach the 
summit is to go straight up this face over class-2 and sometimes 
easy class-3 stuff. This is the worst part of the climb. The summit 
has outstanding views of Red Slate, the Minarets, Ritter, Banner, 
the Inyos and the black, foreboding face of that equally loose and 
unstable peak, Red and White.

Thanks to the many listeners on the PCS/SPS email broadcast 
who offered useful tips and suggestions when I had asked about 
conditions at Convict Lake and on Mt Morrison.

-- Arun Mahajan

Official (PCS) Trips

PCS trips must be submitted through the Scheduler (see back 
cover for details). Trips not received from the Scheduler will be 
listed as PRIVATE, without recourse.

*** Mt. Bolton Brown
Peak:	Mt. Bolton Brown, Class 2, 13,538'
Dates:	August 1-3 (3 days)
Leader:		Debbie Benham, h: 650/964-0558 benham4x@aol.com

After reading about Bolton's first ascents, and seeing Lucy 
Brown's footpath, my curiosity was peaked. This summit hides 
from viewing via Hwy 395 behind the magnificent eastern Sierra 
skyline.  We'll see! Could be just a pile of old' scree. Trailhead is 
Birch Lake, out of McMurphy Meadows, off Glacier Lodge Road.  
Permit for 6. $3 covers permit fee

*** Dragon Weekend
Peaks:	Dragon Peak (12,955) Class 3 and Kearsarge Peak (12,598) Class 2
Dates:	August 7-8 (Sat.-Sun.)
Map:	Kearsarge Peak and Mt. Clarence King 7.5'
Leader: 		Bill Isherwood925-254-0739 (h) 925-423-5058 (w), isherwood2@llnl.gov

We will meet Saturday morning at 9 AM at the trailhead for 
Golden Trout Lake on Onion Valley Road out of Independence. A 
2000-ft. climb will bring us to a camp near one of the two 
unnamed lakes just north of Golden Trout Lake. For the ambitious, 
Kearsarge Peak may be climbed Saturday. Sunday, we will climb 
Dragon Peak from the col immediately south of the peak. Hike out 
Sunday afternoon. Send a $10 deposit (call first) to secure your 
spot. Trip limited to 8.

*** Grand Canyon of The Tuolumne
Backpack:	Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, Class 1/2, Yosemite National Park
Dates:	August 20-22 (3 days)
Leaders:	Debbie Benham, (h) 650/964-0558, email: benham4x@aol.com
		Bill Kirkpatrick, (w) 408/279-3450, wmkirk@earthlink.net

Join us for a 'reverse' peak trip through a pristine wilderness 
canyon in beautiful Yosemite National Park! We will be out three 
days, walking approximately 23 miles total with roughly 4-5000' 
elevation loss and gain. We'll start at White Wolf Campground and 
finish at Lembert Dome in Tuolumne Meadows, a one-way jaunt 
up the canyon. $10 deposit required on sign-up and fully 
refundable at the trailhead. Permit for 8. Co-listed with 
Backpacking Section/Loma Prieta Chapter.

*** Blank Slate (Red)
Peak:	Red Slate Mtn, class 2, 13123
Dates:	Aug 21-22, Sat-Sun
Maps:	Morrison 15" or Convict Lake 7.5"
Leaders:	Charles Schafer cgschafer@lucent.com H 408-354-1545, W 408-324-6003
		Aaron Schuman aaron_schuman@yahoo.com H 650-968-9184, W 650-943-7532
		Kelly Maas	maas@idt.com H 408-279-2054, W 408-330-1717
Details: http://sj.znet.com/~cynthiam/redslate.html

Climb lovely and scenic (if somewhat fractured) Red Slate 
Mountain from Convict Lake.  Believe it or not, there's no peak in 
the Sierra Nevada to the north of Red Slate that is taller than Red 

*** Merced Peak
Peak:		Merced Peak, Class 2, 11,726', Yosemite National Park
Dates:	August 27-29 (3 days)
Leader(s): 	Debbie Benham, h: 650/964-0558, benham4x@aol.com
		Anouchka Gaillard, h: 408/737-9770, anouchka@cup.hp.com

A long hike in to another classic of the Clark Range set in lovely 
Yosemite National Park! Approximately 16 miles (one way) to the 
summit with 4,000' gain/loss over three days. We'll climb the 
northeast ridge after leaving the Red Peak Pass Trail near Upper 
Ottoway Lake. Hearty and fit newcomers are welcome, and must 
be able to carry full pack a long way on trail! Deposit of $10 
required for signup which is refundable minus $3, charge for 
permit. 10 on permit.

*** Mt. Langley
 Peak:	 Mt. Langley (14,042), Class 1
 Dates:	August 28-29 (Sat.-Sun.)
 Maps:	Mt. Langley and Cirque Peak 7.5'
 Leader:	Bill Isherwood, 925-254-0739 (h) 925-423-5058 (w), isherwood2@llnl.gov

This is the southernmost 14,000-foot peak in the High Sierra. 
Clarence King and Paul Pinson climbed it in 1871, believing that 
they were making the first ascent of Mt. Whitney. They found a 
cairn with an arrow on the summit.

 We will meet Saturday morning at the Cottonwood Lakes 
trailhead (driving instructions from Lone Pine are available) at 10 
AM. We will camp at Long Lake (11,135) on Saturday and climb 
the South Slope to the summit via the New Army Pass trail on 
Sunday. Drive home Sunday night. Join us for a leisurely climb 
with time to enjoy the scenery. There is a $10 sign-up fee, 
refundable at the trailhead, less the cost of the permit. Send check 
to Bill Isherwood, 37 La Encinal, and Orinda, CA 94563. Space is 
limited to 8.

*** Mt. Goddard
Peak:	Mt Goddard, Class 2, 13,568'
Dates:	September 3-6 (4 days)
Leader:		Debbie Benham, h: 650/964-0558, benham4x@aol.com
Co-Leader:	Nancy Fitzsimmons, h: 408/957-9683, pkclimber@aol.com

This magnificant, stand-alone, peak is a showstopper from all 
vantage points  in the high Sierra. A long, long hike in (approx 20 
mi), where we'll camp at  Martha Lake, then summit via the 
southwest ridge. I'm asking each  participant to bring an ice axe 
for summit day and all who participate should  be proficient with 
ice axe use. This is an MOC approved trip and participants must 
be current Sierra Club members.  $10 deposit required on sign-up 
and fully refundable at the trailhead. Permit for 8.

*** Yosemite: Petit, Piute, and Volunteer
Peaks:	Petit, Piute, and Volunteer Class 2
Dates:	Sep 4-6 (Sat-Mon) Labor Day weekend
Leader:	Steve Eckert 
Co-Leader: Erik Siering

Help the leader celebrate finishing the SPS Peaks List in good 
style. The 9-mile pack in, over almost-flat terrain with uncrowded 
camping, should give rise to a nice party Saturday. A quick 7-mile 
romp to the peak on Sunday and we're back in camp for the stroll 
back to the cars. Reserve a spot early and pack the good stuff (for 
the mother of all happy hours)! Co-listed with the Angeles Chapter SPS.

Climbing Schools

Here is a list of climbing schools recommended by various PCS members.

Mountain Adventure                    http://www.mtadventure.com/
Sierra Mountain Center, Bishop, CA    http://www.sierramountaincenter.com/
Nidever Mountain Guides June Lake, CA http://www.themountainguide.com/
American Mountain Guide Association   http://www.amga.com/
Moving Over Stone                     http://www.movingoverstone.com
Mountain Adventure                    http://www.mtadventures.com 
Sierra Wilderness Seminars            http://www.swsmntns.com.  
Alpine Skills International           http://www.aplineskills.com

Rainier, A Summit Too High - Memorial Day 1999, May 29-30

We were sitting on a downhill lip of a crevasse which formed a 
small platform at 13,000 ft.  The wind was relentless, and the 
temperature around 5 degree.  It was too cold to stay sitting on 
the ice, so after barely 5 minutes, I got up and said, "Let's go."  
The group ahead of us got up too, but instead of going up, they 
turned around and went down.  I guess they had enough.  I started 
to pull ahead.  My teammates following.  After less then 50 ft. I 
stopped to catch my breath.  I was very tired and could only 
managed a few steps before stopping.  Our progress was 
extremely slow.  I looked back.  The tail of our rope was dragging 
on the ice.  Something must be wrong.  Last time I checked, there 
was someone attached to the rope at that end.  I needed a whole 
minute to figure it out in the thin air at this altitude.  Our 4th 
teammate untied himself from the rope and remained sitting at 
the edge of the crevasse.  A minute later we were on our way 
down back to camp.

I am not in a habit of writing trip reports for not climbing a 
mountain, but some people ask that I write this one.  During our 
planing for this early season trip we were told that the 
Disappointment Cleaver Route was still closed and that the 
preferred rout was the Ingraham Headwall.  By the time we 
climbed, the DC route was in full operation with a nicely cut trail 
in the snow and a fixed rope for the lower stepper section.  By 
the look of things, I think the headwall would have made a fine 
rout too, but we climbed the cleaver.

We had an uneventful trip to Paradise trailhead and to the start of 
our climb.  Luckily we had permit reservation, because they fill 
up the quota for both Muir Camp and the Ingraham Glacier.  The 
ranger office was busy and filled with many happy smiling faces.  
We were promised that the weather forecast is excellent and that 
we should have little or no problem climbing, except that 
everybody else in the Northwest was going to be there too. Our 
plan was to hike up to Ingraham Flat and setup our high camp. 
Then climb from there the next morning.

We made it in good time to Muir Camp.  There were hundred of 
people on the trail which made it into a giant staircase in the 
snow.  Most people, day hiked just to Muir Camp and return to 
Paradise.  A few remained at Muir Camp, and we could see only 
one group ahead of us crossing the Cowlitz

Glacier on the way to Ingraham Flat.  We roped up and 
continued.  With full packs and after climbing all the way from 
Paradise it took us a couple of hours to get from Muir Camp to 
the "flats".  The total for the day was 5,500-ft elevation gain.  If I 
had to do it over again, I would have spent a night just below 
Muir Camp to break the climb and get acclimatized.  It was 6PM 
when we arrived at Ingraham Flats.  Digging up tents platforms, 
fixing dinner, and fighting the wind pushed bad time to 9 PM.  
Not much rest since we had 1:30 AM wake up on the following 

Our 2 AM start time got pushed to 2:30.  We were tired and 
disoriented a bit and couldn't get organized quickly enough.  
There were already several groups on the route when we started.  
We simply followed.  Even before we reached DC, one of our 
teammate decided to return to camp and get a full night sleep... a 
good idea indeed, as it turned out.

We followed several groups ahead of us up the Disappointment 

Climbing the knife-edge of the Cleaver was the first time I 
realized how bad the wind was.  I had to lean hard against my ice 
axe to avoid getting knocked over.  We stopped at the top of the 
Cleaver to rest.  The trail at this point merges with the old trail 
leading up from Ingraham Headwall.

Starting up again, we passed by a group that camped the night 
there and was just getting out to return down.  The view up was a 
reminiscent of the biblical story of Jacob's ladder.  There were 
groups going up, and there were groups coming down.  It seems 
as if the trail was blocked at some point farther up, because no 
one was going farther up, but I couldn't see why.  And it was 
crowded.  The trail at this point was just a trace of many 
crampons stomping the ice.  It went back and forth twisting 
around crevasses and climbing over snow bridges.  We continued 
the exhausting climb at a slow pace, and by 7:00 AM got to the 
edge of the crevasse and the end of our climb, as I mentioned at 
the opening paragraph.

Upon returning to camp, we crawled into our slipping bags to 
complete the night sleep.  By the time we got up, clouds were 
moving in obscuring the otherwise clear sky.  Concluding that 
Monday is not going to be any batter, we packed our stuff and 
returned home.

Participants: Nancy Fitzsimmons, Stephan Meier, Stephane 
Mouradian, Ted Raczek, and your faithful scribe Ron Karpel.

-- Ron Karpel

Climb High Sweet Charlotte - June 19, 1999

The Stoic and I climbed the S. Face of Charlotte Dome last 
Saturday, the route made famous in Roper's "50 Crowded Climbs 
of N. America." Here's a full description if you want the details.

For me, the crux was the approach, although the Stoic described 
it simply as "okay." We came in from the west, from Road's End 
near Cedar Grove. The initial 7-8 mile hike up Bubbs Cr. was 
lovely and pleasant, but the 1-2 miles of rugged cross-country 
climbing 2000' up Charlotte Cr. was, for me, sheer Hell. When I 
am encumbered with a heavy climbing pack, my damaged right 
ankle does not perform well on loose or brushy terrain, and this 
approach had both in spades, often at the same time. I think that 
most mountaineering folks would have found it to be a rugged 
and strenuous but otherwise unremarkable little hike. We camped 
in a small stand of trees about 300 vertical feet below the dome 
with an excellent view of the route. The entire approach took us a 
bit less than 7 hours at my paraplegic pace.

The next morning, we left camp at a rather leisurely 6:30 AM. 
The initial brush gave way to friction slabs and headwalls, but 
nothing that should have been particularly difficult. 
Unfortunately, in getting over the final headwall, we made a poor 
choice of route, and ended up standing foolishly together on a 
small sloping ledge, blocked by steep wet slimy slabs and unable 
to downclimb safely. So, we were forced to break out a rope, slam 
in a few pieces of pro, and I took a delicate and largely 
unprotected lead up the marshy slab. Finally, we were able to get 
to the base of the dome. About 300' of class 3-4 climbing brought 
us to our first belay and the actual start of the technical climbing.

And that was pretty much that. The crux was the approach, as I 
said earlier, and the rest of the climb was sweet but highly 
uneventful. The weather was superlative for the entire day. 
Insects were negligible.

Never before have I done a climb that matched the route 
description so precisely (see Moynier and Fiddler for a topo). 
About 12 years ago, I climbed Charlotte Dome with my original 
mentor, John Woodworth, and, I think, never once managed to 
find a pitch of the "classic" South Face route, although we had a 
very good time. Our difficulty, I think was trying to find the route 
by observing the dome from the east, for we had approached over 
Kearsarge Pass. The start of the route, and many of its features, 
only become obvious when the dome is viewed from the south.

The Stoic and I traded leads steadily over the 11-pitch climb. The 
first 3 pitches I would have described as easy class 5 as opposed 
to class 4. The "Slot Pitch" was my lead, and very pleasing. 
Although steep, the rock of Charlotte is so featured with knobs 
and edges that is always possible to make progress without much 
difficulty. In fact, the combination of substantial holds and high 
angle makes for satisfyingly gymnastic moves -- great fun! The 
Stoic got the

"ambiguous and runout face," and did an excellent (and stoical, 
of course) job of both tolerating the runout (30-40') and finding a 
nice, 5.7 line through the ambiguity. I was graced with the lead 
on the "Furrows" pitch, and this has got to be one of the best bits 
of alpine climbing I've ever encountered. This formation is a long 
sequence of deep-water grooves and solution pockets in a vertical 
portion of the face. You could stem them, mantle them, or just 
pull hard, but after each fun sequence you were again standing on 
a substantial ledge -- the floor of the solution pocket above.

Repeat this many times and you have one heckuva fun pitch! No 
memorable alpine route is complete without at least a little bit of 
silly difficulty, and, on my last lead, I carelessly went astray. This 
pitch is labeled "5.6, many ways to go" on the topo, but, I 
discovered at least one of those ways was not 5.6. My choice of 
"crack up, friction traverse L, bulge, and reverse hand traverse R" 
is probably to be avoided in favor of simpler and more aesthetic 

We arrived at the summit at about 6 PM. There is a summit 
register on top, but someone, probably a climber that doesn't 
approve of summit registers, appears to have hammered the 
register tube permanently shut. The summit vista, and that of 
whole climb, in fact, is very nice, featuring the Brewer group, 
Stanford, Deerhorn, the Videttes, Gould and Dragon, and many 
others. Not bad for a little (10,690') bump on the map!

The descent from the summit initially involved a fairly tricky 
class 3 traverse that would be difficult to do in the dark. The 
remaining descent was an easy walk down slabs to the east, 
followed by a pleasant 120-degree rotary traverse at the base of 
the dome in a rocky gully and adjacent slabs. An obligatory bit of 
bushwhacking brought us back to camp at about 8 PM.

The next morning, we descended back to Road's End without 
mishap. To keep me from sobbing and whining about my ruined 
joints, the Stoic took down a double load of climbing gear, an 
extra 10 pounds. (When I look at him just right, you know, I can 
see a halo...) The 9-10 mile walk took my weak body about 4 
hours, and we arrived at the car at about 1 PM. I was tired but 
very happy and satisfied. The Stoic, of course, was a bit 
dissatisfied because he hadn't gotten enough of workout." Next 
time, darn it, I'm gonna give him the double load of rock gear on 
the way up, too!

-- David Ress

The Rolls Royce of Climbs - June 20, 1999

I know the "Rolls Merriam" trip title confused a lot of people, but 
it's not too much of a stretch from Rolls Royce to Royce and 
Merriam to Rolls Merriam, is it?

Anyway, Robert Evans, Larry Sokolsky, Dylan Schwilk, and I 
headed up the Pine Creek trailhead in what felt like the first 
summer climb of the season - no jackets even at 7am, a 
cacophony of birdsong to wake us up, and only occasional wafts 
of sulfur from the local titanium mine... but strangely enough 
there were few mosquitoes at the trailhead and none once we 
climbed a few hundred feet.

The first major stream crossing left us looking at a sawn log 
bridge under four inches of fast moving water, so we headed for 
the lake outlet "cross country" on a good use trail and waded on 
shallow flat rocks. (On the way out I discovered it was possible to 
do the crossing with only one ski-pole-vault and keep your boots 
dry, but others waded.) There was no snow at to speak of until 
the Honeymoon Lake /Pine Creek Pass junction (which we 
missed) and above that we tried hard to avoid the soft thin slush.

At the pass, at 1pm, Robert headed toward an apparent ridge to 
survey the amount of snow between Royce Lakes and us while 
the rest of us contemplated our navels and enjoyed the warm 
afternoon. I was concerned about dry campsites and running 
water, others about postholing in the snow with full packs the 
next afternoon. We decided the pass campsites were too good to 
pass up, but it turned out the higher lakes were more ice-free 
than the ones at the pass and there would have been dry (if 
somewhat unprotected and boring) campsites.

Starting before 6am, we were on the summit of Royce by 830am 
and spent an hour up there reveling in the view and the warm air. 
Dylan and I climbed both bumps just to make sure the register 
was on the higher one and for hero shots (the lower bump is the 
more photogenic, I think), then we stormed down the sand to the 
saddle and rested briefly before heading for Merriam. We met 
two other climbers who had camped at the upper lakes, but since 
they chose the opposite peak to climb first each group had each 
mountain to themselves. It was often possible to choose between 
sandy walking, boulder hopping, or third class moves to make 
things more interesting.

We spent less time on Merriam, and also climbed both bumps, 
and returned once again to the saddle. The permanent snowfield 
between the saddle and the lakes had not required crampons on 
the way up, and by now it was so mushy that a standing glissade 
only worked for a short distance. (It's 45 degrees at the top, but 
only that steep for 100' or so.) The rest of the snow required a 
glissade pad or slick nylon pants but was enjoyably fast with the 
right gear.

Breaking camp was made tedious by the wilting heat - overnight 
it barely froze dew on my bivy bag, but in the early afternoon it 
was scorching in the sun. Summer Solstice or some such thing. 
Anyway, we squished our way back down to the cars as the day 
cooled, bottoming out around 6pm. Larry opted out of the second 
peak, and hiked back to his car alone with only a surprise bath in 
a stream crossing to mar the day. No bugs, no bruises, both peaks 
in good weather. What more can you ask for?

-- Steve Eckert

Mt. Sill (14,153') - July 3-5 1999 - Unofficial trip

Arun Mahajan (leader), Stephan Meier, Noriko Sekikawa, Karon 
MacLean (got to write it down)

Arun planned this trip 6 months ago with rosy dreams of 
following a friend up Sill's 5.5 Swiss Arete, on the east side of 
the Palisades. Two weeks before the trip the friend dropped out 
and Arun had to content himself with our company and Sill's 
North Couloir. Lucky for me - I got the spot and this was one of 
the nicest trips I've been on.

We zoomed out of the Bay Area Friday night in Stephan's rolling 
bordello of an SUV, mysteriously encountering no holiday traffic 
whatsoever. Reached Mammoth a little after 1am and caught a 
few hours of sleep off of Glass Flow Road. Croissants and lots of 
coffee at Schatt's, and onward to the Glacier Lodge trailhead 
where we hoped to run into Kelly Maas and party, allegedly 
attempting Middle Pal the same weekend but nowhere to be seen; 
walking at 9:30.

The weather was hot and clear. We wended our leisurely way up 
Big Pine Creek's North Fork trail and then south towards Sam 
Mack Meadow, climbing past tiers of lakes and increasingly 
stunning mountain views - excepting poor Alice, looming over 
the approach and identified by Arun with characteristic lyricism 
as a "festering maggot-ridden heap of slag". We made it to Sam 
Mack Meadow by about 4:30pm due to Arun's heroic navigation 
skills (it helped that there was a fine trail with only two 

After luxuriating awhile in the lush, crag-cradled green of this 
alpine oasis, we crossed the stream and headed southeast up the 
Glacier trail. We hoped to camp near the east edge of the Palisade 
Glacier, where indeed the next day we found excellent campsites. 
An hour out of Sam Mack Meadow, however, the wind rose and 
one of our number was feeling a touch of altitude sickness, so 
around 6pm we found a slightly protected spot near a pool of 
snowmelt and camped at around 11,500'. 

The altitude sickness sadly persisted throughout the weekend, 
and as a result the travel times listed here are generally slower 
than a typical PCS pace. 

I probably should have posted this to GEAR... 

Dinnertime turned into a windy adventure when both MSR stoves 
(a 10-year-old Whisperlite and a new Shaker Jet) and the two of 
the three pumps between us malfunctioned. We fixed the one that 
was just leaking through dry seals (bring your mineral oil, it's dry 
there) and got by. When Karon unzipped her flapping tent, 
humped up the hill by Stephan, she discovered a headlamp left 
there by her last tentmate. But if you hear Stephan grumble about 
hauling the Coleman lantern 

Karon sneaked into his pack, it's not true. It was only a Petzl 

The wind gusted wildly all night, leaving a thick skin of ice on 
the pool and inducing drowsy hallucinations of shredded tent flys. 
Between the racket and the brilliant moonlight, we didn't sleep at 
all. We stumbled bleary-eyed out of bed, questioning the sense of 
an ascent in the gale from a vantage high above camp while 
debating which shade of rose-gold Gayley's rugged pyramid and 
Sill's regal, towering profile would turn at the sun's first rays. 
But the wind died down and we hit the trail at 7am.

The Glacier trail hugs the northeast edge of a two-lobed moraine, 
and turns into a duck-marked scramble up to a ridge bordering 
the glacier's northeast edge, then a tedious boulder hop to the 
glacier itself which was the first real snow. Still in the shade, the 
surface was icy enough to merit crampons but otherwise easy 

The bergschrund, pronounced everywhere else around the 
glacier's upper edge, leaves a good path to Glacier 

Notch (we also heard there was still a weak bridge allowing 
access to the U-Notch and North Pal). We reached the notch at 
11:45, which Arun celebrated with his latest selection of Cliff 
bars direct from Whole Foods, featuring the For Women Only 
"Lemon Luna Bar". He extolled its superiority over the dozen or 
so in his lunchbag, and we decided that the principal difference 
being the shape, we would refrain from suggesting a sex change 
but refer him to a marketing focus group.

Stephan and Noriko elected to rest awhile and enjoy the already-
impressive spectacle and then attempt Gayley (class 3), while 
Arun and Karon went after Sill. The plan was to do both and we 
weren't sure of the difficulty of the route up Sill, so we figured 
we'd try it first while we were fresh. Secor calls the North 
Couloir Class 4 (also the North Couloir Descent Route, although 
these look like the same thing to me), but others had told us it 
was hard Class 3. Climbers on their way down reported one 
tricky spot where we might want a rope.

We quickly climbed up the L-shaped couloir between Sill and 
Apex to its north - iceaxe but no crampons. As we neared the 
saddle between Sill and Apex, we eyed Sill's north ridge and 
guessed at the route and the nasty class 4 move. As it turns out, 
we were looking at something that was probably in the low 5's; 
the North Couloir route isn't visible even from the saddle. When 
we turned south on the saddle and climbed a few feet, an actual 
trail materialized along a ledge to our right, on Sill's southwest 

The trail soon dies out, but the route remains clear through lack 
of options - it is mostly a fun class 3 scramble that circles and 
rises counterclockwise more than 180 degrees around the 
mountain and finally comes out on the summit ridge. Some slings 
hung in one spot on the southwest rib, indicating that some 
people rap down through this spot, and we wondered if we would 
have trouble on the way back. We summited one hour from the 
Sill-Apex saddle. Arun whistled at the orange spot on the rocks 
below which was Noriko's parka, but got no response. The day 
was clear, and all I can say is that Secor's claim that Sill has the 
best view from any summit in the Sierra may be right on. 

We hurried back down, having no problem on the class 4 section 
(no rope required, a good thing since we didn't have one); and 
reached Glacier Notch three hours after leaving it. Stephan was 
on his way back from a try at Gayley; at 1/3 of the way up he 
determined it was better completed with friends nearby. Arun and 
Karon decided that Sill was so satisfying we didn't need Gayley 
either, and we all dived off the Notch and glissaded down the 
glacier to the dread boulder field and back to camp. 

Along the way we met two groups who had done North Pal (one 
pair hiked all the way from the cars in plastic boots, ouch) and 
decided we wanted to do it next. After a scenic detour when we 
missed the exact point where the Glacier route goes around the 
moraine's eastern lobe, we reached camp at 7pm. 

We found it swarming with mosquitoes, and missed the wind of 
the night before. Stephan and Arun got to perform some class 5 
moves after all, undoing the knots Karon tied when she hung the 
food in the trees. Arun's couscous wouldn't cook and Karon's 
water filter (a Pur) stopped working (dry seals again). But we 
slept like babies. We left at 7:45 the next morning, to Sam Mack 
Meadow in 30 minutes and the parking lot by noon. 

However, the adventure had only begun. On the road out of the 
park, just before hitting 395, we found ourselves on the front line 
of a brush fire, cheering on heroic firemen and water trucks and 
helicopters. After half an hour, we were advised that it would be 
a while and there was a back way. we led our caravan back up 
the road, where there was a roadblock and, uh oh, a Winnebago 
just turning onto the perilously rutted jeep trail. With dread we 
followed its swaying, hesitant progress for a mile, past a paddock 
crammed with alarmed and staring cows - evidently their first RV 
- and finally out to the road. 

Yosemite was uneventful, but just east of Oakdale we drove 
through another forest fire. And the crowning oddity: in a 
roadside pen outside Escalon, a ten-minute-old calf wobbled to 
its feet trailing umbilical cord and maternal slime.  

Home at 9pm, delightfully mystified once again by the total 
absence of traffic.

-- Karon MacLean

Foerster Peak, Electra Peak - July 16-19, 1999

Elena Sherman and I picked up our permit at the Tuolomne 
Meadows Permit Station, which now opens at 7am.  I thought it 
opened at 8, so it was 8:15 before we hit the trail.  We parked by 
the permit station since I didn t know you could drive a half mile 
to a closer parking lot near the lodge.  We hiked in approximately 
17 miles and 3000  of gain to where the Lyell Fork crosses the 
Isberg Pass trail, dragging into camp a few minutes after 8pm.  

Due to our late arrival and long first day, we left the next 
morning about 7:30, later than planned. We followed the north 
side of the Lyell Fork, passing both lake 10217  and the two lakes 
at 10400  on the north side.  From here we left the drainage and 
headed directly to the small lake just below lake 10999 .  At this 
point we broke out ice axes and headed mostly on snow up the 
north west bowl of Electra.  We eventually climbed out to the 
west ridge near the summit which was reached at 2pm.  This 
route is class 2. There was no register, but fortunately Tina 
Bowman had provided me with a register to take. The cannister 
was fortunately still there.  Rodgers seemed too far to get back to 
camp in daylight so we decided to leave it for another time. We 
returned the same way to camp.

The next morning we retraced our steps up the Lyell Fork, but 
crossed the creek with some difficulty at approximately 9500 .  
We headed south to the first saddle immediately east of Peak 
11210 , then traversed onto the northwest ridge of Foerster.  The 
greatest difficulty encountered was class 

2. Once on the summit, lassitude started to set in.  Although 
Florence was beckoning, we lounged for an hour and a half on the 
summit, then headed back to camp to get a start on the hike out. 
On the way down, we found a much better crossing just below 
Hutchings Creek.

Split over two days, the hike out was much more enjoyable.  We 
also had to contend with lots of mosquitos, including a few even 
on the summits.  All in all it was a pleasant first Sierra trip of the 
year for us.

-- Scott Sullivan

Private Trips

Private trips may be submitted directly to the Scree Editor, but 
are not insured, sponsored, or supervised by the Sierra Club. 
They are listed here because they may be of interest to PCS 

*** McDuffie, Black Giant, Charybdis, Fiske, etc.
Peaks:		McDuffie, Black Giant, Charybdis, Fiske, Huxley, etc. (Class 3)
Dates:	August 7 thru 15         Sat thru Sun (9 days)
Maps:        	North Palisade, Mt. Thompson & Mt. Goddard
Contact:		Charles Schafer (408) 324-6003 (w) cgschafer@lucent.com    
Co-Contact:	Bob Suzuki(510) 657-7555 (w)  bobszk@bigfoot .com

If you've ever climbed to the top of Bishop Pass, looked off into the 
interior of the Sierra, and thought that those magnificent peaks on 
the horizon looked awfully appealing; then this trip is for you. .  We 
will hike in over Echo Col on Saturday and set up camp near 
Helen Lake (at Muir Pass).

Secor says McDuffie, Black Giant & Charybdis are easily day 
hiked from there, so we want to give them a try.  There are also a 
number of other peaks in that area that are worth climbing, and 
between Bob and I we'll go after most of them.  Towards the end 
of the trip we will move south and climb Wheel, and perhaps 
others in that neighborhood.  Saturday and Sunday we will hike 
out over Bishop Pass.

This should be a lot of fun, but it is a pretty ambitious trip so we 
are looking for experienced class 3 climbers to join us.  Ice axes 
and possibly crampons will be required.

*** School's Out
Peaks:	Recess, Gabb, and Hilgard
Dates:	Aug 13-16 (Fri-Mon)
Contact:	Steve Eckert, eckert@climber.org

A somewhat mellow west-side trip starting near Lake Edison. The 
permit is full, but there is a short wait list if you want to get in line. 
You could also get another permit and join us!

*** Agassiz & Winchell
Peaks:   	 Agassiz (13,893'), Winchell (13,775') class 2,3
Maps:    	 Big Pine, Mt Goddard 15' topo
Dates:   	 August 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
Contact: 	 Bob Suzuki, w: 510-657-7555, >8pm: 408-259-0772, bobszk@bigfoot.com
         	 Nancy Fitzsimmons, w: 408-764-1761, h: 408-957-9683, Pkclimber@aol.com

Last fall our attempt to climb these 2 magnificent peaks in the 
Palisades never got beyond Sam Mack Meadow. Constant snow 
almost from the trailhead encouraged us to save these high peaks 
for another weekend. We'll try again this August.

A fast hike in to basecamp will be followed by an assault on 
Agassiz via the class 2 south ridge. Sunday won't be easier. We'll 
enjoy the classic east arete of Winchell, then backpack out to the 
cars for a late return to the BA, hopefully, with fond memories of 
two successful climbs.

*** Clarence King & Gardiner
Peaks:	Clarence King and Gardiner.
Dates:	Sept 3-6
Contact:	Rick Booth at 408-354-7291 or rick_booth@worldnet.att.net 
	Dee Booth, rdbooth@worldnet.att.net

Pack in from Onion Valley over Kearsarge Pass and Glenn Pass 
into Rae lakes and eventually into Sixty Lakes Basin.  Estimated 
distance is 10 miles. This is kind of a chug. 

Clarence King has a fifth class summit block requiring a few 
moves of about 5.4.  Gardiner has a longish fourth-class summit 

Requirements: Both peaks require rope and modest rock climbing 
skills. You should know my wife or myself.

*** Middle Pal & Norman Clyde
Peaks:	Middle Palisade (14,040'), Norman 	Clyde (13,920'), Class:   3, 4
Map:	Mt. Goddard 15' topo
Dates:	Sept. 4-6 (Sat-Mon)
Contact:	Bob Suzuki     day: 510-657-7555 >8pm: 408-259-0772, bobszk@bigfoot.com
		Rich Leiker   <2pm: 408-378-9522 >3pm: 408-453-4253 leiker@san-jose.tt.slb.com

This 3 day outing will be tough, but good. Saturday we'll drop our 
packs at our basecamp near Finger Lake then tackle the northeast 
face of Middle Palisade. We'll take all of Sunday to try our luck 
with a class 4 route on the north-northeast ridge or north face of 
Norman Clyde Peak. Only fast, strong peak climbers with 
previous class 4 and roped climbing experience will be considered 
for this outing.

*** Capitol Peak, Colorado
Peak:	Capitol Peak, Colorado (14,130'), Class 3-4
Dates:	Sept 4-6 (Sat-Mon)
Contact:	 Bill Isherwood, 925-254-0739 (h)925-423-5058 (w)isherwood2@llnl.gov

This is a class 3-4 climb up one of Colorado's more difficult 14'ers, 
noted for its exposed knife-edge ridge. The plan would be to fly to 
Denver Friday evening, drive to the mountain and hike in to a high 
camp on Saturday, make the climb on Sunday and hike out, 
staying overnight in the Aspen area. We would return to the 
Denver airport on Monday for return home. Roped climbing 
experience required. Contact leader for coordination of travel 

*** Needsaw, Hamtooth
Peaks:	Needham (12467), Sawtooth (12343) class 2
Dates:	Sep 18-19 (Sat-Sun)
Contact:	Steve Eckert 

Depending on who signs up, we'll do the standard grunt to 
Needham over the top of Sawtooth, or we'll skip Monarch Lake 
and go directly to Needham (which might involve a bit of class 3 
scrambling on an unscouted route). This area is great in the fall, 
when the bugs are dead and the marmots have their fill of salt 
bush (so your car doesn't look like a buffet). Needham could be 
done as a ver

*** Annual Tuolomne Group Camp
Peaks:	(Need volunteer to lead day trips)
Dates:	September 18-19
Leader: Cecil Ann  (408) 395-4525 	 cecilann@earthlink.net

Join us Friday night through Sunday for the annual PCS group 
camping trip. Historically, we've had fabulous dayclimbs/dayhikes 
and this year will be no exception.  Camping will be at a group site 
in Tuolumne campground.  Children, seniors, non-climbers, etc. 
are welcome.

*** Mt. Clark & Starr King
Date: Sept. 24-26
Peaks: Mt. Clark and Starr King
Contact: George Sinclair 650-941-2160; geosinc@aol.com

Description: Join the leader as he returns to the peak he first 
climbed 25 years ago when he first began leading Sierra Club 
trips.  One peak, and perhaps both will require the use of rope.  
Interested people should have some experience doing class 3 and 
know how to rappel.

*** Cherry Creek Canyon
Peak:	None - Cherry Creek Canyon
Date:	October 9-10
Leader:	Kai Wiedman (650) 347-5234

Don't miss this adventure backpack into one of the most beautiful 
granite canyons near Yosemite.  Witness Cherry Creek charge 
forcefully through narrow slots. Gaze at granite domes in the 
distance. The scenery of this 25-mile loop backpack will dazzle 
you as you experience one of the Sierras' best kept secrets.

*** Nepal  October 1999
Peak:	Chulu West, 20,500Ft
Date:	October 1999
Contact:	Warren Storkman	Phone 650-493-8959 dstorkman@AOL.com

Middle Palisade - July 3-5, 1999

Over the July 4 weekend, several of us had a great time climbing 
Middle Palisade.  With three days to do the climb and get home, 
we were not rushed.  We marveled at the beautiful flowers (wild 
rose, lupine, columbine, shooting star, cactus, Indian paintbrush, 
buttercup, penstimen, etc.) as we hiked in, but our attention soon 
turned to a rushing S. Fork of Big Pine Creek that we had to 

It wasn't very wide, but it was thigh deep, and it delayed us 
several minutes.  It would no doubt pose little trouble later in the 
season.  We then battled mosquitoes as we passed near Willow 
Lake, causing us to rush up the trail to Brainerd Lake without a 
rest.  Fortunately good tent sites outnumbered mosquitoes at 
beautiful Finger Lake, so that's where we dropped our packs for 
the night.

I had a permit for 5, but we ended up with 10 at our camp.  Chris 
and John Kerr had gotten their own permit and joined us, and 
some of their friends had a permit that they were using to climb 
Norman Clyde Pk.  It was a great group and they made my job as 
leader an easy one.

Sunday morning dawned windy but otherwise beautiful.  7:00 
saw us heading for the peak.  As if on an expedition climb, 
almost everyone had crampons and helmet as well as an ice axe.  
The crampons were nice to have early in the morning but were 
not essential for the more experienced.  We donned the helmets 
when we stepped off the glacier, as we had heard of loose rocks 
in the gullies.  It proved to be a good idea for a group our size.

As with many previous parties, our group spent some time 
wondering what gully was what as we struggled to match the 
guide book descriptions with what we were encountering.  Only 
after we were done with the climb and I did a little more scouting 
did we come to a real understanding of the route(s).  After an 
incorrect start on some terribly loose rock (one person turned 
back), we ended up climbing the same gully that Peter Maxwell's 
group did almost 6 years ago.  His description is right on - it's an 
enjoyable climb, but rather stimulating at times as there were a 
couple of class 4 moves.  While we were all able to climb it, none 
of us wanted to down climb it.  A stimulating but short traverse 
of the ridge took us to the summit, which itself is non-trivial.

After lunch and a rest and some fantastic views on the summit, 
we descended the "correct" chute which directly intersects the 

Again echoing Peter, this was an easier but less exciting chute, 
with a bit more loose rock.  With 7 people, we went slowly to 
minimize knocking down loose rock, which was impossible to 
avoid.  We all got off safely and enjoyed glissading and boot 
skiing back to camp.

That evening the mosquitoes arrived with warmer temperatures.  
We tried to linger and socialize after dinner but these pests drove 
us to our tents, where we soon fell asleep.  The hike out Monday 
morning was a bit over 3 hours.  While some of us rushed home, 
others stopped for a relaxing swim in Hot Creek.

The participants were Jeff Fischer, Wendy Wason, Landa 
Robillard, Dave Erskine, John and Chris Kerr, Mark Wallace and 
Kelly Maas (scribe and organizer).

So what's the secret of the Northeast face route on Middle 
Palisade?  I don't normally engage in protracted route 
descriptions, but this time I can't resist - probably because we 
goofed - but with good results.

Our mistake was that we didn't start at the correct place.  As 
David Harris says in his report, the key is to find the ledge, which 
is above the moraine.  We got off the glacier and onto the buttress 
too low, on some rotten red rock.  We should have known better 
since there was no ledge, and we were below the top of the 
moraine.  I later found the ledge and it is much better.

All of my guidebooks (Secor (1992), Roper and Moynier/Fiddler) 
correctly say to follow the ledge into a chute.  Note where you 
enter this chute so that you can find it on your way down - it's the 
only way off.  At the top of the chute, Secor and Roper both say to 
"traverse right" at a particular colored rock, but this is confusing.  
Topping out of this gully (by a small pinnacle) is obvious - you 
get a much improved view of the face of the mountain.  

A large couloir comes up from the right and splits at a point 
about 100 feet lower down.  (From a distance, this is the wide 
chute immediately to the right of what I call the "lower buttress" 
of the face.) 

The left fork is the "correct" gully, and during our early July 
climb it had a patch of snow in it.  (The snow was easy to avoid 
and will probably be gone by the end of July, but it made a great 
landmark since it was the largest snow patch on the face.)  To 
take this easier way up the mountain, just climb straight up and 
into this chute.  Higher up, take the left fork when it branches.  
This takes you directly to the summit.

The right fork is the "wrong" gully, which our group climbed.  If 
you wish to take this route (a good route, but not for novices), 
traverse across the left fork to get to the right fork.  This will also 
require about 100 feet of descent.  As with the other route, take 
the left fork when it branches higher up.  A traverse left along the 
summit ridge takes you to the summit.

-- Kelly Maas


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