Mount Haeckel Northwest Arete

Bishop, California

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Theodore Solomons named Mt. Haeckel in honor of Ernst Haeckel, a professor of zoology at the University of Jena in the late 1800s. Solomons named Mt. Darwin and Mt. Wallace for the prominent British biologists who helped develop the theory of evolution. Haeckel was the first German biologist to express his support for these theories, thus earning his place in the naming of the peaks of the Evolution group. Norman Clyde wrote, “Mt. Haeckel is a very beautiful peak tapering to a narrow point, a fine example of what might be termed a Gothic type of peak, whose ascent is a fairly difficult climb.” When viewed from the north, Mt. Haeckel features two jagged aretes leading straight to the twin summit spires. Yvon Chouinard and Choong-Ok Sunwoo climbed the narrow ice gully lying between these aretes in November 1971. The northwest arete is to the right of these two ridges on the jagged Sierra Crest. Jack Riegelhuth, a skilled rock climber and a member of the Cragmont Climbing Club, first climbed the arete. Although his exploits have been somewhat overshadowed by his peers, Glen Dawson and Jules Eichorn, Riegelhuth made many difficult first ascents throughout his career. These included attempting a daring traverse from Devils Crag #1 to #2, which involved descending the loose and tremendously exposed south face of Crag #1.

Mount Haeckel: Northwest Arete Professional Review and Guide

"Theodore Solomons named Mt. Haeckel in honor of Ernst Haeckel, a professor of zoology at the University of Jena in the late 1800s. Solomons named Mt. Darwin and Mt. Wallace for the prominent British biologists who helped develop the theory of evolution. Haeckel was the first German biologist to express his support for these theories, thus earning his place in the naming of the peaks of the Evolution group. Norman Clyde wrote, “Mt. Haeckel is a very beautiful peak tapering to a narrow point, a fine example of what might be termed a Gothic type of peak, whose ascent is a fairly difficult climb.” When viewed from the north, Mt. Haeckel features two jagged aretes leading straight to the twin summit spires. Yvon Chouinard and Choong-Ok Sunwoo climbed the narrow ice gully lying between these aretes in November 1971. The northwest arete is to the right of these two ridges on the jagged Sierra Crest. Jack Riegelhuth, a skilled rock climber and a member of the Cragmont Climbing Club, first climbed the arete. Although his exploits have been somewhat overshadowed by his peers, Glen Dawson and Jules Eichorn, Riegelhuth made many difficult first ascents throughout his career. These included attempting a daring traverse from Devils Crag #1 to #2, which involved descending the loose and tremendously exposed south face of Crag #1."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Bishop
Class: Class 4
Local Contacts: Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Darwin, Mt. Thompson
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Haeckel: Northwest Arete

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