Climbing California's High Sierra Guide Book

by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler (Falcon Guides)
Climbing Californiaand39;s High Sierra  by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler

430pp/maps/sketches/overlay photos
ISBN: 0762710853

Named the Range of Light by John Muir and rising 10,000 feet on its eastern side, California's High Sierra has attracted climbers for more than a century. These mountains are home to clean granite, easy approaches, and classic routes to the summits of the highest peaks in the continental United States. This guide provides the information needed to scale more than 100 of California's most challenging peaks. The climbs range from scrambles to snow and rock routes to technical routes. Includes detailed descriptions of routes, alternative routes, and descents in addition to a brief history of climbing in the Sierra and descriptions of first ascents. Use this guide to discover the rewards and challenges of climbing California's High Sierra.

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Trails from the "Climbing California's High Sierra" Guide Book
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... Preview: This massive tower is located just south of the Third Needle, at the junction of the Muir Crest and the jagged Pinnacle Ridge. The east face of the pinnacle is quite monolithic and characterized by a ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Lone Pine, CA - Climbing - Trail Length:
... Preview: The Angel Wings is the beautiful 1,800-foot granite wall standing as the northern sentinel to the Valhalla Cirque. The sheer south face is the largest rock wall in Sequoia National Park and host to a ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Visalia, CA - Climbing
... Preview: Banner Peak is the impressive mountain lying just to the north of Mt. Ritter. The convoluted east face is a spectacular sight when viewed from Garnet and Thousand Island lakes. Comprised of a series o ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Climbing
... Preview: The first ascent of Banner Peak’s spectacular north skyline was another of those early Class 4 routes that have since been recognized as much harder. Jim Koontz and Sarah Haynes made the first ascent ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Climbing
... Preview: The northern aspect of Bear Creek Spire commands the view of hikers traveling in the Little Lakes Valley. From the Pine Creek drainage, the great south face and east arete of Bear Creek Spire are impr ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Tom's Place, CA - Climbing
... Preview: Bear Creek Spire was another of Norman Clyde’s favorite peaks, and for many years he maintained a spring ski mountaineering camp at its base. David Brower wrote much of his classic 1940 Sierra Club Ma ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Tom's Place, CA - Climbing
... Preview: James Hutchinson, Onis Imus Brown, and Duncan McDuffie made the first ascent of the Black Kaweah in August 1920 by way of the long west ridge. Hutchinson, a charter member of the Sierra Club, was 53 y ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Visalia, CA - Climbing
... Preview: Blacksmith Peak is the prominent granite fin guarding the northwest end of the Sawtooth Ridge. There are four summit towers, with the northwest pinnacle standing the tallest. This pinnacle offers a di ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Bridgeport, CA - Climbing
... Preview: Blacksmith Peak’s northwest face is a great expanse of granite. It is especially impressive from the upper reaches of Blacksmith Canyon, resembling a huge shark’s tooth stuck in the glacier. Following ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Bridgeport, CA - Climbing
... Preview: Named by the Whitney Survey in 1863, Cathedral Peak is one of the most beautiful peaks in the range. Josiah Whitney later wrote in Geology Magazine, “We had a fine view of a very prominent, exceedingl ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Lee Vining, CA - Climbing
... Preview: This enjoyable traverse can provide a welcome respite from the unnerving, runout climbs commonly found on the domes of Tuolumne Meadows. The traverse is a peakbagger’s dream as well, with the possibil ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Lee Vining, CA - Climbing
... Preview: The Whitney Survey first noted the impressive bulk of Charlotte Dome in 1864. The first ascent of the broad south face featured the combined talents of three of America’s finest alpinists: Galen Rowel ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Fresno, CA - Climbing
... Preview: The prominent dome to the east of the Angel Wings is known as Cherubim Dome. E.C. Joe and Richard Leversee climbed a route up the south buttress called Archangel (IV 5.10+ AO) in October of 1985. Joe ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Visalia, CA - Climbing
... Preview: This spire, the tallest of the Minarets, is a worthy memorial to Norman Clyde. Clyde made the first ascent of the peak in June of 1928. His steep and exposed route on the north face was accomplished ( ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Climbing
... Preview: The Third Pillar offers one of the finest alpine rock climbs anywhere and is one of the most popular backcountry routes in the Sierra. In fact, many climbers visiting the Sierra choose this as their o ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Lee Vining, CA - Climbing
... Preview: Devils Crag #1 is the highest and most massive of the jagged line of peaks known as the Devils Crags. Charles Michael, one of the leading climbers of the day, made the first ascent of Crag #1 in July ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Bishop, CA - Climbing
... Preview: When viewing Matterhorn Peak from the trailhead at Twin Lakes, the nearby Dragtooth vies for the climber’s attention. Walter Brem, Glen Dawson, and Jules Eichorn made the first ascent of the Dragtooth ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Bridgeport, CA - Climbing
... Preview: The spectacular Eichorn Pinnacle is an enticing sight from the summit of Cathedral Peak, but few climbers actually venture to the tiny summit perch. Jules Eichorn and Glen Dawson made the first ascent ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Lee Vining, CA - Climbing
... Preview: Norman Clyde first came up with the name Feather Peak after his ascent in 1935. However, his was not the first ascent of the peak. David Brower had made the first ascent of the peak in July of 1933, s ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Bishop, CA - Climbing
... Preview: One of the most beautiful locations in the Sierra is the stunning cirque appropriately named “Valhalla.” This sub-alpine basin cradles the lovely Hamilton Lakes and features a series of waterfalls pou ... From the guidebook "Climbing California's High Sierra"
Visalia, CA - Climbing

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