Mount Chamberlain North Face

Lone Pine, California

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This fine peak was named after Thomas Crowder Chamberlain (1843–1928), the prominent glacial geologist of his day. The impressive north face is one of the grand walls of the Sierra. In 1979, Mike Farrell and Galen Rowell climbed an obvious chimney system (V 5.10) up the detached pillar just right of the main wall. Rowell remarked, “The 1,400-foot vertical granite face of this peak is not fully visible from any road or major trail, and thus it escaped the recent heavy pressure of Sierra rock climbing until July when Mike Farrell and I made the roundtrip in two days. The [approach hike] was almost more difficult than the Grade V route itself.”
Climbing California's High Sierra

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Climbing California's High Sierra

by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler (Falcon Guides)

This fine peak was named after Thomas Crowder Chamberlain (1843–1928), the prominent glacial geologist of his day. The impressive north face is one of the grand walls of the Sierra. In 1979, Mike Farrell and Galen Rowell climbed an obvious chimney system (V 5.10) up the detached pillar just right of the main wall. Rowell remarked, “The 1,400-foot vertical granite face of this peak is not fully visible from any road or major trail, and thus it escaped the recent heavy pressure of Sierra rock climbing until July when Mike Farrell and I made the roundtrip in two days. The [approach hike] was almost more difficult than the Grade V route itself.”

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Lone Pine
Class: Class 5 - 5.5
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest; Sequoia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Whitney, Cirque Peak
Grade: Grade V
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Chamberlain: North Face

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