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 Post subject: Mt Williamson 14K Fun
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 3:13 pm 
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5/3 my buddy Matt and I left the Bay for the Eastside Spring Ski Hwy, 395. Slept on a couch in Mammoth and kept moving the next morning. It's a long frickin' way from Oakland to the top of Mt Williamson via <A HREF=http://www.sierradescents.com/stories/2005/approach01.php> its infamous approach.</A> Picked because it sounded like a big pain in the ass, it was a good replacement for our winter-long-hoped-for trip up Mt Brewer. Next year!

Couple of things. It's just huge, massive. And you park ridiculously low, 6,500. Trail to snow? Nah. Thanks but no.
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That point on the right? Nope, not the summit. It's out of sight behind the sub peak, and back a ways. And up, always up.

After 3 hours of hiking up, over, and down sand & gravel slopes, under tree branches, off angle with a wickedly unwieldy pack, we had a net gain of 800 ft.
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Good thing for that HI time alpine start.
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1000 feet straight up brings you at last to a snow gully ~8500,
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and eventually up into the enormous cirque. Amazing.

Finally, after 8 hrs, set up camp just over 11K on an obvious bench with a great view east to the valley and up to the top of the cirque.
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Another HI time alpine start Friday, and we were heading for the summit. Good thing we got to 11K to camp, but it was a long, long way up, and over, and over, and up and back to the summit. A perfect day, but soft snow by 10 a.m. slowed progress. Snow was totally solid below a few soft inches.
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Summit view is amazing, Tyndall (our plans to loop over & down the superbowl thwarted by thin skin & my system failure), Whitney,
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and even over to Brewer. Boarding was soft but fun. Legs were ok, head was not so good at this point.
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Upper snowfield
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Main couloir
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Went back to camp, tossed, slept a bit, and came back to life. With our traverse out, we decided to head out Saturday and go explore elsewhere.
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Trip out took about 5 hours, hurt more than the way in. I can't believe we smiled - at the obvious notch (Richins route).
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After driving up to Rock Creek, we camped across 395, enjoyed a great sunset, standing on dirt, beer,
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and a quick morining run @ RC off Mt Starr
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Could've used one more day along 395 for sure. Guess will just have to head to Saddlebag.

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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 3:33 pm 
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Damn strong work digdoug! :D

So many mtns so little time...So many mtns so little time...So many mtns so little time...So many mtns so little time...


thanks for the inspiration to grab the big ones. 8)


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Righteous!!! You guys killed it. :twisted:
...and makin' it sound relatively easy compared to most attempts up that beast.

Cool pics off the summit and through the couloir.


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 Post subject: good going!
PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 12:26 am 
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thanks for the good pix - glad to see some folks charging the big peaks!


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Hi!
We're going there this week-end. Hiking actually, not skiing.
When did you summited williamson? And by which side? (we are planning to go by the West side)
Thanks in advance!


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we came in from the east side, via north side of n fork baires creek.

i have almost all the loose rock out of my shoes and branches out of my pack. from the west, well, that's some walkin'. have fun :D

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