Mount Stewart West Pillar on North Face

Visalia, California

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Mt. Stewart features a north-facing 900 foot wall with many possibilities for fine routes. This peak honors George W. Stewart, who has been called the “father of Sequoia National Park.” His efforts as editor of the Visalia Delta helped to promote the creation of the park. Walter L. Huber was also active in these efforts, first as a Forest Service supervisor, and then as a member of the Sierra Club’s board of directors. He was serving as president of the Sierra Club in 1926 when the bill was passed enlarging Sequoia National Park to nearly its present size. The original route on the face was climbed by Mike Graber, Jack Roberts and Hooman Aprin in August 1973. They followed the left-hand of the two prominent buttresses on the north face (III 5.6). Aprin wrote, “[we] started out on the usually snow-covered platform at the base of the two parallel buttresses directly below the summit. Some 1,500 feet of alpine climbing on good high-altitude granite ended a few feet east of the summit.”

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"Mt. Stewart features a north-facing 900 foot wall with many possibilities for fine routes. This peak honors George W. Stewart, who has been called the “father of Sequoia National Park.” His efforts as editor of the Visalia Delta helped to promote the creation of the park. Walter L. Huber was also active in these efforts, first as a Forest Service supervisor, and then as a member of the Sierra Club’s board of directors. He was serving as president of the Sierra Club in 1926 when the bill was passed enlarging Sequoia National Park to nearly its present size. The original route on the face was climbed by Mike Graber, Jack Roberts and Hooman Aprin in August 1973. They followed the left-hand of the two prominent buttresses on the north face (III 5.6). Aprin wrote, “[we] started out on the usually snow-covered platform at the base of the two parallel buttresses directly below the summit. Some 1,500 feet of alpine climbing on good high-altitude granite ended a few feet east of the summit.”"

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Visalia
Class: Class 5.9 and above
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Lodgepole, Triple Divide Peak
Grade: Grade III
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Stewart: West Pillar on North Face

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