California CLIMBING/HIKING/FLYING TRIP REPORTS


This page provides links to my climbing trip reports (and a Cascade volcanoes aerial photography adventure) in California, including climbs in Yosemite, Tuolumne, the High Sierra, and the South Cascades. I've made several road trips to California to climb over the years, and I plan on returning to climb again and again. I just love the steep granite and splitter cracks. You can access the trip reports by clicking on the interactive map below, scrolling to the list below, or using the sidebar to the left.


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KEY:
  • Some of my favorites are in red.
  •      = summer conditions
  •      = fall conditions
  •      = winter conditions
  •      = spring conditions

SIERRA
SUMMIT / AREA ROUTE DATE / LINK
(Alpine) Climbs
• BEAR CREEK Spire North Arête (5.8, 800')     Aug'13
• CARDINAL Pinnacle 1. Crack Kingdom (5.10c, 5p, 550')
2. V8 Crack (5.10d, 1p, 80')
3. West Face (5.10a, 4p, 500')
1.     Aug'15
2.     Aug'15
3.     Sep'13
• CLYDE Minaret Southeast Face w/ direct start (5.10a, 1400')     Jul'15
• Mt. CONNESS 1. North Ridge (5.6, 80', solo descent)
2. SW Face (Harding Route) (5.10c, 1200')
3. West Ridge (5.6, 1500', solo ascent)
1.     Aug'15
2.     Aug'15
3.     Aug'15
• Mt. GOODE North Buttress (5.9, 800')     Aug'15
• INCREDIBLE HULK 1. Red Dihedral (5.10b, 1200', car-to-car in 2015)
2. Positive Vibrations (5.11a, 1500')
1.     Sep'13/Aug'15
2.     Sep'13
• MERRIAM Peak North Buttress (5.10b, 1000')     Sep'13
• NORMAN CLYDE Peak 1. Firebird Ridge (5.9)
2. Twilight Pillar (5.9)
1.     Jun'13
2.     Jun'13
• PALISADE Crest North to South (IV, 5.8)     Jun'13
• Mt. RITTER from Ediza Lake (3rd)     Oct'05
• ROSY FINCH Peak North Ridge (4th)     Nov'05
• Mt. RUSSELL 1. Bloody Corner (5.10+, 800')
2. 
Fishhook Arête (5.9, 700')
3. Mithral Dihedral (5.9+, 700')
4. Star Trekkin' (5.10-, 700')
5. Western Front (5.10+, 900')
1.     Aug'15
2.
     Aug'13
3.     Jul'15
4.     Aug'15
5.     Jul'15
• SPLIT Mountain North Ridge (3rd)     Sep'05
• TEMPLE CRAG Dark Star (V, 5.10c, 2000')     Jul'15
• THIRD PILLAR of DANA Regular Route (5.10b, 5p, 600')     Jun'13/Aug'15
• Mt. WHITNEY 1. East Buttress (5.7, 1000')
2. East Face (5.7, 1000')
3. via JMT trail (2nd)
1.     Jul'15
2.     Jul'15
3.     Sep'055
Multi-Day/Peak Expeditions
• JOHN MUIR Trail North to South, 222 miles     Sep'05
• PALISADE Traverse THUNDERBOLT-STARLIGHT-N PALISADE-[POLEMONIUM-SILL not reached] (5th)     Jun'10
• Tour de PALISADES NORMAN CLYDE Peak Firebird Ridge (5.9), NORMAN CLYDE Peak Twilight Pillar (5.9), PALISADE CREST (5.8)     Jun'13

SOUTH CASCADES
SUMMIT ROUTE DATE / LINK
Aerial Adventure
• CASCADE VOLCANOES Aerial Photography Tour (winter conditions)
Rainier, Adams, Hood, Jefferson, Three Sisters, Crater Lake, Shasta, Lassen, St. Helens, and more!     Jan'13
Alpine Climbs
• Mt. SHASTA 1. Casaval Ridge (snowy 3rd)
2. Green Butte/Sergeant's Ridge (snowy 3rd)
1.     Apr'05/ May'05
2.     May'05

TAHOE AREA
SUMMIT/AREA ROUTE DATE / LINK
• 5 Days at Lover's Leap (xx routes) 1. Surrealistic Pillar (w/ Direct start) (5.10b, 2-3p, 270')
2.Traveler Buttress (5.9, 4p, 500')
3. The Line (5.9, 2-3p, 400')
4. Eagle Buttress, Right (5.10a, 4-5p, 600')
5. Hospital Corner (5.10a, 2p, 240')
6. Vanishing Point (5.10b, 2p+, 250')
7. Tombstone Terror (5.10c, 1-2p, 80-160')
8. Eeyore's Enigma (5.10, 4p, 500')
9. xxx (5.x, xp, xxx')
10. xxx (5.x, xp, xxx')
    Aug'15

TUOLUMNE
SUMMIT / AREA ROUTE DATE / LINK
Climbs
• CATHEDRAL Peak • SE Buttress (5.6, 700')     Jun'13,
    Aug'13
• COCKSCOMB • via Cathedral Traverse, 4th     Jun'13
• DRUG Dome 1. Crystal Meth (5.8 R-, 3p, 300')
2. 
Oz (5.10d, 4p, 500')
1.     Jul'15
2.     Jun'07,
    Jul'15
• ECHO Peaks • via Cathedral Traverse, 3rd to 5.7     Jun'13
• EICHORN Pinnacle 1. North Face (5.4, 100')
2. West Pillar direct (5.10b, 700')
1.     Jun'13
2.
     Aug'15
• FAIRVIEW Dome 1. Lucky Streaks (5.10d, 6p, 600')
2. North Face aka Regular Route (5.9, 5-12p, 900')
1.     Jun'07
2.     Aug'13
• LAMB Dome 1. Little Sheeba (5.10a, 1p, 90')
2. On the Lamb (5.9, 4p, 500') with Sleeper P3 (5.8 R) / Jailbreak P4 (5.9 R-) finish
1.     Jul'15
2.     Jul'15
• LEMBERT Dome 1. Direct Northwest Face (5.10b, 4p, 400')
2. Truck'N Drive (5.9 R, 3p, 300')
1.     Jul'15
2.     Jul'15
• MARIUOLUMNE Dome 1. Hobbit Book (5.7 R, 4p, 500')
2. Serrated Edge (5.10b, 4p, 500')
1.     Jul'15
2.     Jul'15
• MATTHES Crest South to North (5.7, 1 mile)     Aug'13
• MOUNTAINEERS Dome American Wet Dream (5.10b R, 5p, 500')     Jul'15
• PYWIACK Dome 1. Aqua Knobby (5.9, 4p, 400')
2. Dike Route (5.9, 4.5-6p, 450-600')
1.     Jul'15
2.     Jul'15
• TENAYA Peak • NW Buttress (5.5, 1500')     Aug'13
• UNICORN Peak • via Cathedral Traverse, 4th     Jun'13
Multi-Day/Peak Expeditions
• CATHEDRAL Traverse CATHEDRAL Peak SE Buttress (5.6, 700') - EICHORN Pinnacle N Face (5.4) - ECHO Peaks (3rd to 5.7) - ECHO Ridge (3rd) - COCKSCOMB (4th) - UNICORN Peak (4th)     Jun'13
• "TMC Linkup" TENAYA Peak NW Buttress (5.5, 1500') - MATTHES Crest (5.7, 1 mile) - CATHEDRAL Peak SE Buttress (5.6, 700')     Aug'13

YOSEMITE
SUMMIT / AREA ROUTE DATE / LINK
• ARCH Rock 1. Gripper (5.10b, 2p, 300')
2. New Dimensions (5.11a, 4p, 400')
1.     Jun'07
2.     Jun'07
• MIDDLE CATHEDRAL Rock 1. Central Pillar of Frenzy (5.9, 5p, 550')
2. Ho Chi Minh Trail (5.11, 20p, 2000')
1.     Jun'07,
    Jul'15
2.     Jun'07
• HALF DOME Regular NW Face (5.10d A1, 24p, 2200')     Jun'07
• HIGHER CATHEDRAL Spire Regular Route (5.9, 5p, 300')     Jun'07
• REED'S Pinnacle Reed's Pinnacle Direct (5.10a, 3p, 300')     Jun'07
• ROYAL ARCHES Area 1. Royal Arches (5.7, 16p, 1400')
2. Serenity Crack (5.10d, 3p, 400')
3. Sons of Yesterday (5.10a, 5p, 500')
1.     Dec'05
2.     Jun'07,
    Jul'15
3.     Jul'15
• The SENTINEL Steck-Salathe (5.10b, 15p, 1600')     Jun'07

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