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TR -- Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Postby quentinc » Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:23 am

Since it seems there haven't been any climbing trip reports this year, I thought I'd post a few pictures of my trip up Mt. Williamson the weekend before last. I thought it was quite a feat to do it in 2 days, but then I discovered a scad of trip reports on Summitpost, etc., of people who do it as a day hike. And they throw in Tyndall since it would be too easy just to do Williamson in a day.

I've had it with Webshots so I tried Photobucket. It doesn't work -- the pictures are too big to reproduce here, so everything is cut off. I love technology.
:puke:

OK, thanks to Copeg and Maverick, I think I've fixed it...
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Although there are a few agonizing switchbacks between Mahogany Flat and Anvil Camp that add close to a mile with virtually no gain :mad: (why why why???), the 11 miles and 6,000 feet up to Shepherd Pass never feels bad. My favorite sign in the Sierra:

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I camped at the lake closest to the peak and had a nice morning jaunt to the top, with no one in sight. Part way up the infamous scree chute:

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Looking back:

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Nearing the top of the chute, it looks quite regal:

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Then there's the Class 3 chimney. The last time I did this, there were tons of people -- I had to figure it out by myself this time. It's hard to capture it from the bottom, so here's a view back down from the top of the chimney. Santa Claus ain't getting down this any time soon:

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A view toward Mt. Tyndall:

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There was a small cairn at the peak this time:

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A zoom of Whitney and Russell from the top:

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And a dedication in the register to my father (I meant to say "your spirit is with me" -- maybe it's just as good as it is):

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Re: TR -- Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Postby gary c. » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:09 am

Congratulations, it looks like a lot of work but very cool.
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Re: TR -- Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:51 pm

Very nice Q! Happy to see you got your pic's up, really like the steepness in the
shot looking back down the chute. Also good to hear you got up/down without
getting injured this time. :unibrow:
Someone had extra time when on the summit to build that cairn or they were trying
to get the peaks summit from 14375 to 14378.
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Re: TR -- Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Postby giantbrookie » Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:20 pm

Nice report. Your photos really capture the essence of that climb. That is indeed a nice peak.
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Re: TR -- Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Postby toejam » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:15 pm

Cool TR! I'm amazed at people who do Big Willie in a day. Heck, two days is quite a feat. If you consider the 11 miles & 6000' to Shepherd Pass, two miles of hopping from one loose boulder to another in the Bowl, 1600' of loose crap in the gully, and climbing a 100' crack at the top, it's the toughest mountain I've climbed.

I was there a week before you. I use Picasa:

https://picasaweb.google.com/toejamhike ... directlink
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Re: TR -- Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Postby STRETCHMAN » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:58 pm

Great report and photos. The class 3 looks scary! :)
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Re: TR -- Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Postby quentinc » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:17 pm

toejam wrote:I was there a week before you. I use Picasa:

https://picasaweb.google.com/toejamhike ... directlink

TJ, I particularly like the summit celebration photo.
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Re: TR -- Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Postby toejam » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:09 am

Learned that from an army colonel on Mt. Rainier. It's so goofy I can't help myself.


The class 3 part isn't bad since it's there's not much exposure. In fact it's a relief compared to the loose crap in the gully. The worst part was that I first tried to avoid the bottom of the crack going up the left side but got to a slick spot with nothing to hold on to.
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