Mount Conness Southwest Face

Lee Vining, California

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The 1,200 foot southwest face of Mt. Conness is an impressive sight from many places in the Tuolumne Meadows area. This wall was first attempted by a group of Bay area climbers led by Don Goodrich and Krehe Ritter. Goodrich was a skilled climber and had made a number of first ascents in Yosemite Valley. However, his attempt on the wall ended in tragedy when he pulled off a loose block while leading the second pitch and was killed in the fall. A memorial plaque has been placed at the base of the route, providing a sobering reminder of the potentially dangerous nature of backcountry climbing.
Climbing California's High Sierra

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Climbing California's High Sierra

by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler (Falcon Guides)

The 1,200 foot southwest face of Mt. Conness is an impressive sight from many places in the Tuolumne Meadows area. This wall was first attempted by a group of Bay area climbers led by Don Goodrich and Krehe Ritter. Goodrich was a skilled climber and had made a number of first ascents in Yosemite Valley. However, his attempt on the wall ended in tragedy when he pulled off a loose block while leading the second pitch and was killed in the fall. A memorial plaque has been placed at the base of the route, providing a sobering reminder of the potentially dangerous nature of backcountry climbing.

©  John Moynier & Claude Fiddler/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Lee Vining
Class: Class 5 - 5.5
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park; Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Tioga Pass
Grade: Grade V
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Conness: Southwest Face

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