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Dragon Peak (12,995') and Woolyback (12,840')

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:02 am

Saturday, 16 September 2006
Dragon Peak (12,995') via the southeast ridge
Photos: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/554201517LpsGDy


Weekend plans fell apart again, so I sent out an e-mail to see if anyone was hiking. BobR met me at Onion Valley, and we dayclimbed Dragon Peak! I was having altitude problems, and this hike kicked my butt. But it was an awesome climb!!! :D
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Postby Trekker » Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:16 am

Great pics! Great views from the top. BobR was a mountain goat in a previous life! :nod: And that slab! :eek: Hmmm......so is it too late to join the circus and become a tightrope walker? :-k That's probably the training I'd need to traverse that crack that Bob appears so nonchalant on!
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Postby wingding » Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:52 am

SN - Congratulations on Dragon Peak! That's one I'd like to try. Independence Peak is another one I'd like to try in that area.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:28 am

Wingding,
Independence is on my list too. I didn't make it the first time, but on my descent, I found the route that I should have taken. I went a few chutes higher which resulted in a lot of extra climbing. I'll be doing Dragon again next year! Such a kewl peak!! :D


Trekker,
BobR is an animal! At almost 71 he keeps going and going! I was using all 4's and he just walked like there was no exposure. :( I guess with his climbing experience you get used to exposure. :)

Here's an interesting story on his first ascent of Whitney :retard: at age 15:
http://www.ridgenet.net/~rockwell/Climb ... bStory.pdf


I dayclimbed Woolyback on Sunday, out of Cottonwood Lakes. Its not named on the maps, but the guys from CLMRG (China Lake Mountaineering Rescue Group), including BobR, have names for a lot of the unnamed peaks. Woolyback was named by Carl Heller. That's wehre I'm finding out about the peaks I've been climbing lately (Trailmaster, Gamblers Special).

After this hike, I met PatH from this forum! :)
Still working on photos.
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Postby giantbrookie » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:11 am

Nice photos and especially dramatic climbing shots. Bob R is one cool customer. I would be clinging tenaciously to the rock on that traverse if I even had the guts to do it; I suspect I don't.
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Postby madeintahoe » Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:57 pm

SN....Those are really wonderful pictures! Great how you both documented each other on parts of it especially that ledge.

I don't know about that ledge..I too do not know if I would have the guts to cross it :eek: ..I keep going back and looking at the pictures of them and wondering.

The reflection ones are gorgeous..there all beautiful!
Congratulations on another beautiful peak :D
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Postby Ranboze » Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:31 pm

I was getting dizzy just looking at those pictures of Dragonback. You go girl!
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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:28 pm

Thanks, giantbrookie, MadeInTahoe and Ranboze. The exposure is there, but there are good handholds. I couldn't do the 'no hands' thing like Bob. It was a lot easier than the exposure on Russell



Sunday, 17 September 2006
Photos from Woollyback (12,840'):
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/554201605cKZVOO



No one replied for a Sunday hike, so I almost didn't go (tired from Dragon Pk). I went anyway (with no beta/just pics I saw Fri), and made the summit!

Great weekend!
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Postby tomcat_rc » Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:00 pm

Sunday June 10,2007; Rachel and I drove up to Onion Valley to hike Dragon Peak. we started about 730 and had a casual pace to the summit. we only saw one other sole all day long and he thought he was on the way to Keararge Pass. I think he was not happy to find that he had missed Heart Lake - but he got the better trail out of the deal(in my opinion).

saw some Polemonium in bloom. the final push to the summit includes a short(20ft across) class III-IV move that gives an extra thrill to the already stunning views - some chose to bring a short rope for this section.

on the way back down we had about 5 nice glisade runs back to the upper of the 2 unnamed lakes. total trip time was almost 9.5hours. although some clouds did blow in - it was still shorts weather all day. yes I even glissaded in shorts. Dragon Peak tops out at 12,956 so I did not quite get back up to 13k this week.

pictures for the viewing - in a few days I should have some from Rachel to add:
http://tomcat-rc.smugmug.com/gallery/2985672#P-1-15

next time will have to do the Dragon to Gould loop - anyone up for some added mileage
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Postby hikerduane » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:02 pm

Thanks for the shots, great to do a quick up and back trip. Should still be some snow if I can get a permit for a bp trip in late July.
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Postby KathyW » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:33 am

Tom:

It looks like you and Rachel had a nice climb up Dragons. Thanks for sharing your pictures. I'm going to give that one a try eventually, but I know that class 3/4 section is going to scare me.

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Postby tomcat_rc » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:15 pm

thanks Kathy -
go with someone who has done the peak - going with confidence makes all the difference. Sierragator and I did it with a friend who wanted to be roped - problem was he brought too short of a rope. so Sierragator and I put him betweeen us and played the rope pass game to keep him on belay while actually making the moves. that crack is actually much wider than it appears - but it gives great camera angle shots - who am I to argue with optics
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