While the climbing itself was easy, moving quickly up the mountain was tougher on me from a cardio standpoint than I expected. I can’t wait! I wish I could have been better than average, but I’ll have to keep training harder for the next one. 1-2 Sep 2001 - by Rick Booth. North Ridge of North Peak to North Ridge of Mt. Beauty is not just seeing something pretty. Access to this peak in traditional summer climbing conditions is limited to a couple of months a year. Awesome trail, great views and a killer workout! Could only make it up to about 12,000 feet due to snow. Wes and I left from Riverside on Friday afternoon and got to the east side of Yosemite by early evening. Mt Conness via the North Ridge. If you look down you can practice your thousand… 5. A week after leading 5 pitches on Half Dome's Snake Dike (5.7) I decided not to pass on the opportunity to climb Mount Conness (12,590 feet). Copyright 2021 Bryan Feller, All rights reserved. I want to do a lot more of these kinds of adventures and I’m going to continue to train so that I can – all the way into my 80s if that’s possible. My app clocked in 9ish miles. It is a prominent peak on the eastern boundary of Yosemite National Park, whose vertical southwest wall (one of the best spots for big wall climbing in the Tuolumne Meadows area) is visible from many points on Tioga Pass Road (Hwy-120). The sweeping North ridge of the mountain makes up the Park’s natural Eastern boundary and is pure alpine rock climbing nirvana. And I got to do this with my son – who gets to do that? You’ll definitely need experience route finding and be using your hands to climb at certain spots. Luckily I don’t mind these hikes at all. Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. After reading about North Ridge (5.6) and West Ridge (5.6) of Conness, it was difficult for me to decide on the route- both seemed equally as awesome. After reading about North Ridge (5.6) and West Ridge (5.6) of Conness in Peter Croft's book, it was difficult for me to decide on the route- both seemed equally as awesome. Length 7.4 miElevation gain 3080 ftRoute type Out & back Or worse, there’s the counterfeit beauty of porn that causes us to see people as commodities to be consumed. Absolutely beautiful day, totally fun hike. Because we had a guide, Wes and I were free to enjoy the views along the way, rather than being 100% focused on our survival. Fortunately, Wes was feeling great. Conness 7. But, after checking out some of the exposed "hero shots" from North Ridge and talking to … I watched it rise and blow easterly with the winds as my eyes filled with tears. As long as you have the map downloaded and know the direction of Alpine Lake, just start heading up. After I got back from OR and #UintasHike16 craziness, Josh asked if I wanted to go solo the northwest ridge of North Peak and the north ridge of Mt. I felt like I would be at the summit in under a few hours. And coming back down, I also took another route than the way I came up. Temps were high 50s which is abnormal for this time of the year and at such a high altitude. Right of Conness one can see the highest ridge of Yosemite NP, with Mount Ritter and Mount Maclure. Neil continued to call out the sections of exposed terrain just before we got to them so we could be present in the moment and not just heads-down climbing to the next move. Conness to kick off the alpine rock climbing season in the High Sierra! There is a large gendarme (pinnacle of rock on a mountain ridge) next to Mount Conness and we soon found ourselves at the top of it. We came from North Peak Wow! Mount Conness is a 12,590 foot (3,840 m) mountain in the Sierra Nevada range, to the west of the Hall Natural Area. Last year, when Wes and I took a trip to the summit of Mount Bago, we looked down on Charlotte Dome and made a pact that we would climb it together. Trail is non-existent around 2 miles in. The trail follows a drainage with views of creeks, small waterfalls, and lakes made of pure glass. Mount Conness is the highest peak in Sierra Nevada north of Tioga Pass Road (Highway 120). Conness to Northwest Butress of Tenaya peak to Southwest Buttress of Cathedral Peak on 8/19/19. Views at the top were awesome, just like most other views at similar peaks. We'll bag it next year with more time to acclimatize. The Conness Glacier lies north of the summit. In that case, looking at an Instagram feed would be fulfilling – but it’s not. This route starts from the Sawmill walk-in campground. We got to the summit and had a snack before heading down the walk-off route. As a consolation, we tucked in a one-day summit loop over Mt. A beautiful initial hike to the start of the route past sparkling lakes and high alpine tundra and meadows takes us to the saddle between North Peak and Mt Conness. It reminds us of a crescendoing symphony that just gets better as it goes. Yes, the north ridge … North Peak (North Couloir) and Mt Conness (North Ridge) 20-22 Jul 2001 - by Jim Ramaker. However, if you are not comfortable with exposure you may have problems with this section. We didn’t sleep well, but we slept well enough. This is the price of admission for every Sierra peak I have been on, but it wasn’t too bad. Made our way up the gully on the north side of the lake. Climbers stroll an easy section of Mt. Did this 10/5 when there was barely any snow present, sunny and clear skies, and slight wind just at the top. This place had all of that. I have no desire to do something like the Conness North Ridge Route again! In the photo below, the lake is so still, it’s hard to tell where the water begins and the terrain begins because the reflection is so flawless. Decided to do White Mountain then made it up to Conness awesome hike!! Do you enjoy endless false summits, creating your own path, and class 2/3 scrambles? I never found myself having to turn around or head back down because it was a “dead end” or no way up it. Conness. It’s after Alpine Lake to the “false summit” is where things kick up a notch. There is a large gendarme (pinnacle of rock on a mountain ridge) next to Mount Conness and we soon found ourselves at the top of it. Conness! Bring jacket because it gets very windy. Went off trail due to snow. At times, I really had to focus on what I was doing rather than take in the views. Soon the class 2 ridge turned to class 3/4 so we roped up alpine style and continued walking. To do the entire stretch of Mt Conness' east ridge, one starts at Saddleback Lake - a roughly 10,000-foot high body of water not far from Tioga Pass, and accessible via a short intermittently gravelled road off of highway 120 near Yosmite National Park's east entrance. Lots of climbing over boulders and granite slabs. The day begins with a pleasant, easy hike in spectacular alpine terrain above Saddlebag Lake. North Peak comes into view as we start out. You’ll likely hit some some brushes and light scrambling whichever way you take to get to Alpine Lake but that’s all pretty manageable. The trail is unmarked and hard to see. There’s no exact trail to the summit after the 1.5-2ish miles and don’t bother trying to follow the exact route proposed on Alltrails. Dana at 13,061 ft). After the first snow of the season, Cam, Matt and I drove out to Yosemite to climb the North Ridge of Mt. We started at the Saddlebag Lake Trailhead on a cool, sunny Tuesday morning. It passes the Carnegie Institute Experimental Station and continues through beautiful high alpine meadows. Conness in particular has claimed a number of lives. Some people say they prefer the North Ridge of Conness, but I can't speak to that yet, since I haven't done it. Conness (North Ridge) and Tresidder Peak. And I was in that place with my son! In that case, looking at an Instagram feed would be fulfilling – but it’s not. Liz, being a climber herself, was gracious enough to let him go, which I am very thankful for. Please see my memorial to Stephen Cook for more information. Conness. As expected, all of the campgrounds were full, so we just found a dirt spot 100 feet off the road and deployed the roof tent. In perfect conditions, no special equipment beyond traditional mountain day-hiking essentials is required for this peak. A few words on the ridge that leads to the last 200 feet of the summit: this is the crux of the climb because of the exposure. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account for more dope hiking adventures! I definitely owe Liz her own adventure! I was so thankful we did this with him. Neil said we did the whole thing in about 10 hours, which was average. Soon after, Liz (Wes’s wife), got pregnant with their first child and it didn’t seem like a great idea to take him on a multi-day climb with a new baby in the house. Located at a relatively low elevation, this climb is usually warm enough to climb up until the first snow of the year (usually in November). I think every outdoorsman should use a guide from time to time. Compared with Cathedral Peak, the North Ridge has less technical … Conness on the northeastern fringe of the park. we were just getting to really fun stuff when my climbing partner got AMS at 11k. Thanks to my friend Shayan. Conness is on the boundary between the Inyo National Forest and Yosemite National Park. Mount Conness Mt. Really amazing views from the top--could see 40 miles out in most directions. But for sure, class 3 scrambling. You will eventually find a 'ramp' that leads you to the pass. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. WARNING THIS IS NOT A TRAIL. Prime climbing will be in July through September of most years. Views from the top are breathtaking! It is very easy to get lost while descending the peak. Conness (named after former California senator John Conness) straddles Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest, forming the eastern border of the Park. Conness is one of the highest peaks along the Tioga Crest and, due to good access, one of the more popular climbs. Posing with the awe-inspiring ridge traverse of… 2. Mount Conness is right behind. The climbing is enjoyable, clean and generally quite easy even for a 5.6. When there is snow in the ascent route chute between Conness and White an ice axe and crampons may be required (along with the necessary skills to use them). We wanted to get an early start to make sure we were off the summit before the forecasted thunderstorms hit. Conness! That said, there were some amazing sections of exposure climbing along the upper ridge. If you walk through the campground you'll eventually find yourself of a well-worn single track trail. From North Peak the ridge did not look all that long and the two towers to be rapelled were quite early on in the scramble. Peaks: Mt Conness, Tresidder Peak (sorted/filed as Conness, Tresidder) Place: California. The North Ridge of Mt. At 12,590 feet, Mt. A guide can allow you to safely get out of your comfort zone, learn some new skills, AND enjoy what you are doing without being terrified you are going to get killed or injured. The last quarter mile of the actual summit could test your nerves as there are drop offs but nothing too dangerous as long as you’re careful and take your time. I really enjoyed the hiking. Mount Conness is a 11.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lee Vining, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. This is for you. It is the third highest peak in Yosemite National Park (first is Mt. We soon reached the end of the box canyon and had to climb out toward the North Ridge of Mount Conness. Being the highest peak in the area, the view was unobstructed in all directions. Rated at 5.6 or less, the climbing on Mount Conness was quite easy. Didn't really follow the exact trail-route proposed on AllTrails. By 6am we were on the trail, walking alongside Saddlebag Lake as the sun cast its alpine glow on the mountains ahead. The higher we got, the more spectacular the views were. A classic Yosemite peak, highest in the Sierra north of Highway 120 and holding the second largest glacier in Yosemite. One review said it best: if you like a “pick your own route” kinda hike, scrambling, and false summits, this is it for you. Conness is the jewel of Eastern Yosemite National Park, which has a very different alpine nature than the domelands of adjacent Tuolumne Meadows. … @sertanusanmaz. You scarcely read of a miserable trip report up Mt Conness. Not for faint of heart. The North Ridge of Mount Conness! Conness in preparation for Matthes Crest. From there we rappelled down 300 feet to the upper mountain where we began our climb. Mt Conness (3837m) is one of the highest ... to the northern side of Alpine Lake up northwest to the eastern ridge and then following the ridge westwards to the summit plateau. The north ridge of Conness was directly to the south with basically the entire route laid out before me. There were a few sections of the ridge Neil climbed ahead and gave us a hip belay, but we never needed to set up any belay anchors along the ridge. In fact, moments before summiting, I lost my brand new Arc'teryx hat. There are a handful of backcountry climbs that are reasonable to do in a day car to car and this is one of our favorites. In the photo below, the lake is so still, it’s hard to tell where the water begins and the terrain begins because the reflection is so flawless. Hundreds of snowy peaks in the High Sierra provide the dramatic backdrop for a summit photo after a successful climb of Mt. First 1.5-2 miles is pretty easy with barely any elevation gain. Left of Conness one can find Mount Ritter and Banner Peak. Very steep uphill with many Class 2 and some Class 3 scrambling sections. Mount Conness is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lee Vining, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Conness’ North Ridge, with the upper West Ridge at top right. Lyell at 13,114 ft, second is Mt. And this kind of beauty leaves our souls emptied of any real connection and in despair. From there we rappelled down 300 feet to the upper mountain where we began our climb. Mt Conness, at 12,589', is one of Yosemite's tallest mountains. I literally just looked up and picked a way which I thought would be most direct but also safe. We got up at 4am, had breakfast and coffee, and drove 15 minutes to the trailhead. There is a dimension of beauty that requires us to be a participant, and even to suffer for it, before it can really change us. Mt Conness via the North Ridge. This was a huge blessing. The trail follows a drainage with views of creeks, small waterfalls, and lakes made of pure glass. It's a bit scrambly but for the most part it's simple one-foot-in-front-of-another terrain. Beautiful, this one will whoop ya, Mono and Parker Pass Trail to Spillway Lake, Twenty Lakes Basin and Saddlebag Lake Loop, White Mountain via Sawmill Walk-in Campground, Conness and Cascade Lakes from Saddlebag Lake, Alger Lakes via Mono Pass and Parker Pass Trails. Stunning views below are the reward nearing the top of the North Ridge of Mt. Summited in a couple more hours, quickly signed the register and made my way down the East Ridge. A guide can allow you to safely get out of your comfort zone, learn some new skills, AND enjoy what you are doing without being terrified you are going to get killed or injured. For a classic longer day, traverse the peak via the South Slopes and North Ridge, with a detour to bag the West Ridge in the middle of the day. We had just enough room to walk the ridge. In some mystical way, I was filled with hope, joy, strength, peace, and connection from the experience. Category: Mt. A beautiful initial hike to the start of the route past sparkling lakes and high alpine tundra and . It's more of a scramble most of the way and probably more enjoyable in sneakers than in climbing shoes. Photo by Yao-Min Chen. The North Ridge of Mount Conness In Trip Reports by Howie SchwartzSeptember 10, 2011 Leave a Comment I met Jim at his hotel in Lee Vining at 5am. Conness North Ridge of Mt. SMI founder Kurt Wedberg enjoying the picture perfect day after a successful climb of the North Ridge of Mt. Un pic classique de Yosemite, le plus élevé de la Sierra au nord de la route 120 et contenant le deuxième plus grand glacier de Yosemite. ;-) After drying my eyes, I quickly made haste to Mt Conness by following the North Ridge proper. Which means the 3000ft gain comes in the last 3 or so miles. Posted on July 10, 2020 by smiweb - Alpine Rock Climbing, Mt. Once on the route great climbing leads to the summit, with views of Tuolumne Meadows and beyond. When I got home, and even now as I write this, I can still tap into that feeling. The North Ridge is also a popular moderate climb on Conness. It was off-trail all the way to the trailhead and at least 80 degrees by the time we reached the car. Altitude is a fickle thing. Then mega mainly unmarked scramble. A week after leading 5 pitches on Half Dome's Snake Dike (5.7) I decided not to pass on the opportunity to climb Mount Conness (12,590 feet). More training is needed. Views of the Conness Glacier from the ridge were great. The Conness Glacier lies to the east. This place was so beautiful it was hard to take it all in. I must have been awakened five times that night by headlights of cars trying to find a spot near us. But I couldn’t just leave it alone, so I found the Mount Conness day climb on the Sierra Mountain Guides site and signed up – and talked Wes into going as well. Peaks: North Peak, Mt Conness (sorted/filed as North, Conness) ; Place: California When Bob Suzuki and Charles Schafer invited me to go with them to climb the North Couloir of North Peak and the North Ridge of Mt. Brett scrabbling up the NOrth Ridge 3. That said, the views on the descent were just as spectacular. 6.18 Trip Notes. Mt. "East ridge looked pretty prominent during our climb of the north ridge", they said. First two miles easy. Very exciting and beautiful mountain. There are many routes up Conness varying from relatively straightforward class 2 all the way up to class 5. Great hike with solid class 3 mountaineering. 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