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Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby maverick » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:57 pm

We have discussed the prettiest lakes before, and currently are the most remote
lakes of the Sierra.
But the Sierra is also about granite, metamorphic rock that is the foundation of this
beautiful range.
With this in mind, think about pieces of granite or any other rock, in the form of
a ridge, mountain, crest, or dome that is your favorite in the Sierra back country.
Here are some example, though most of you probably all already have your favorites
from the many years spent in the back country.

Sawtooth Ridge, Minaret Range, Ridge from Mt LeConte to Peak 4141 in Miter, Kaweah
Ridge, Devil's Craigs, Kearsarge Pinnacles, Palisade Crest, and for peaks, Red & White
Mountain, Matthes Crest, Matterhorn Peak, Picture Peak, North Palisade, Temple Crag
Split Mnt, Tehipite Dome, North Guard to name just a very few.

Personally for me the 3 most unique places are the Devil's Craigs, Minarets, and
Kaweah Ridge. Each have qualities that lift them above most other areas.
One cannot talk about the most uniquely shaped pieces of granite in the Sierra without
including the Devil's Crags. It truly looks like a set of sharks teeth, especially viewed
from the Observation Lakes Basin from where it really shines at its best. One wonders
how these formation could not only take on there unique shapes, but also line up in a
descending fashion as do.
Then there is the ridge line composed of dark metamorphic rock, some of the earliest
rock of the Sierra in the Kaweah Ridge. Extending from Kaweah Queen, Black Kaweah
Red Kaweah, Second Kaweah, and ending with Mount Kaweah, this range is spectacular
either from the west or the east, sunrise or moon glow from the east, and sunset
from the west with its alpenglow are all truly amazing.
Minarets are the Minarets with there sheer, rugged metamorphic walls, and extreme
jagged teeth like pinnacles.The views up close and personal, either from the east or
west, make them one of the finest ridge lines the Sierra has to offer.
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby mokelumnekid » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:56 pm

Great topic Mav! I'm not so crazy about the metamorphic rock as you are because the stuff is sometimes crazy loose. But it is scenic as can be. I'll put Matthes Crest as my favorite romp, tho I still have to do the southern-most bit.
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby sparky » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:48 pm

Im not heavily traveled in the sierra, but the ridgeling south of pterodactyl pass is awesome.
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby BrianF » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:11 pm

My favorite view of a peak has to be Mt Humphries from Humphries basin - it has a dramatic shape and stands alone rather than being part of a crest. The Palisades from the Palisade Glacier is a spectacular ridge. Arrow peak from bench lake, East face of Mt Whitney (favorite for climbing), Mt Banner from 1000 island lake, The minarets are all inspiring views
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby SSSdave » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:11 pm

Let those who know keep sealed lips...

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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby Jimr » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:39 pm

Oh man!! Far too many to even get my head around. Here's one I happen to have a pic of. It' the ridge line from Hell For Sure Pass, rising south to peak 11,837, then onward, down the ridge
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby Flux » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:06 pm

I'll bite, even though I have not been as many places in the Sierra as others.

Convict Canyon stands out to me, but it's tough to capture that one properly on Camera.

Here's some of my pics from Pine Creek and Royce. You get some of the best on this trip up to the heavens.

Brown stiped by the lower lake:
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this was a glorious morning in the range of light. This half lit face of Royce Peak caught my eye:
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there is something sublime about these crumbling spires, especially all painted with morning light
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The Minarets always inspire
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The Face of Clyde, ominous in the sunlight, the pic simply cannot relate the scale of the thing.
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i got some more I will have to dig up. But I don't think there is a place in the Sierra that has not awed me in several ways. Even what might seem like a small ridge or formation is cause for stopping to think. How did that thing rise up like that?? How many thousands of years did the glacier take to cut and polish that face?? How is all this possible??
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby TehipiteTom » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:09 pm

A few random favorites of mine...

Tehipite Dome, of course:
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The Incredible Hulk, above Little Slide Canyon:
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And the Ritter Range is just as spectacular from the west:
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby Jimr » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:54 am

Finger col, just awesome!
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:19 pm

Most will not agree, but in spite of the crowds, popularity, ease of access, regulations, permits, etc, the Sierra crest Whitney to Muir is spectacular. I have climbed the East Face and East Ridge of Whitney, with the spectacular Keeler Needles in view. The granite is clean, light colored, offering wonderful sunrise glows.

I am a "granite" person. I love the way the light rock reflects morning and evening colors and presents a bright and cheery environment. Yes, it is geologically boring compared to the metamorphics. I just do not like dark rock - it kind of depresses me. Plus as a rock climber, I prefer "good rock". Really hate that crumbly stuff.

Another nice granitic crest is Sawtooth Ridge out of Bridgeport. Not nearly as high or as much length of cliffs, but very nice.

The Palisades are also nice although a bit darker rock. The outlet of Barrett Lake is a great place to view this wonderful ridge from the west. I have done all the climbs- different nature than east faces on Whitney area. From the east, you get to see the glaciers. Temple Crag just might be second favorite mountain.

Of all the "dark rock" ridges, I think the Minarettes are the most spectacular.

Are we going to have a rule that you have to have climbed up onto the peak or ridge for it to qualify? After all, we cannot win the "lake" prize unless we have camped at it! I will vote for being more democratic only requiring camping below the feature.
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby markskor » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:08 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:Are we going to have a rule that you have to have climbed up onto the peak or ridge for it to qualify? After all, we cannot win the "lake" prize unless we have camped at it! I will vote for being more democratic only requiring camping below the feature.


Who is in charge of this rule book anyway - Where is it? Maybe we should have one...big prizes and all… would hate to lose on a technicality - but I digress.

Ridge lines? Some of the most dynamic ridge vistas ever experienced often appeared so, not only by virtue of their fine lines/shadows/faces but also because of brief, momentary, weather performances. Mother Nature often does her finest work right after an afternoon thunderstorm. Being in the right place at the right time – Sometimes you get special.

I offer the Cathedrals, captured by our own TehipiteTom, on just such an occasion, Lake Adair.
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Re: Ridge Lines / Crests, and Peaks

Postby maverick » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:33 pm

This is just about what is aesthetically pretty to the individual, it's not meant to be
about climbing routes or views from the summit.
This is not a contest, but just an inquiry about HST backpacker's favorite ridge-crest
or peak, and nothing more.
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