Mount Ericsson Crags Traverse

Independence, California

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Bolton and Lucy Brown made the first ascent of Mt. Ericsson on their 1896 trip into the Upper Kern Basin. Bolton Brown later described their experience. “Facing now southeast, we scrambled on, up among the wild pinnacles and at noon gained the summit crag. The view, especially to the south down the long and peculiarly straight canyon of the Kern, and to the southeast to the Williamson-Tyndall group and southwest to the beautiful, snowy Kaweahs, was extremely interesting and wonderfully beautiful. As it seemed we were the first to make this ascent, we built a monument and left a record, naming it, in honor of Captain John Ericsson.” Captain Ericsson was an engineer, best known for designing the ironclad ship “Monitor,” which fought the “Merrimac” in the Civil War.

Mount Ericsson: Crags Traverse Professional Review and Guide

"Bolton and Lucy Brown made the first ascent of Mt. Ericsson on their 1896 trip into the Upper Kern Basin. Bolton Brown later described their experience. “Facing now southeast, we scrambled on, up among the wild pinnacles and at noon gained the summit crag. The view, especially to the south down the long and peculiarly straight canyon of the Kern, and to the southeast to the Williamson-Tyndall group and southwest to the beautiful, snowy Kaweahs, was extremely interesting and wonderfully beautiful. As it seemed we were the first to make this ascent, we built a monument and left a record, naming it, in honor of Captain John Ericsson.” Captain Ericsson was an engineer, best known for designing the ironclad ship “Monitor,” which fought the “Merrimac” in the Civil War."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Independence
Class: Class 5.9 and above
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park; Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Williamson, Manzanar, Mt. Brewer
Grade: Grade V
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Ericsson: Crags Traverse

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