SMI founder Kurt Wedberg enjoying the picture perfect day after a successful climb of the North Ridge of Mt. This place had all of that. As you hike higher up the drainage the trail fades away as people disperse to the different routes up the face of Conness. Temps were high 50s which is abnormal for this time of the year and at such a high altitude. This is for you. Conness 7. Conness (named after former California senator John Conness) straddles Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest, forming the eastern border of the Park. We didn’t sleep well, but we slept well enough. As long as you have the map downloaded and know the direction of Alpine Lake, just start heading up. Climbers: Felix Wong; Richard Schwaninger; WARNING: Please be careful on this mountain (and actually, any mountain!) My app clocked in 9ish miles. Conness to Northwest Butress of Tenaya peak to Southwest Buttress of Cathedral Peak on 8/19/19. Do you enjoy endless false summits, creating your own path, and class 2/3 scrambles? We didn't think there would … First two miles easy. Didn't really follow the exact trail-route proposed on AllTrails. We wanted to get an early start to make sure we were off the summit before the forecasted thunderstorms hit. Very steep uphill with many Class 2 and some Class 3 scrambling sections. Don’t use my recording since I was exploring the region. From there we rappelled down 300 feet to the upper mountain where we began our climb. Conness on the northeastern fringe of the park. This segment of the climb was a slog of loose scree and talus. I think every outdoorsman should use a guide from time to time. The trail follows a drainage with views of creeks, small waterfalls, and lakes made of pure glass. And coming back down, I also took another route than the way I came up. Conness is a spectacularly long and serpentine alpine ridge route skirting the Northeastern boundary of Yosemite National Park. From there we rappelled down 300 feet to the upper mountain where we began our climb. Views of the Conness Glacier from the ridge were great. The North Ridge of Mt. Mount Conness is a 12,590 foot (3,840 m) mountain in the Sierra Nevada range, to the west of the Hall Natural Area. It is the third highest peak in Yosemite National Park (first is Mt. Once we reached the ridge, we put on harnesses and helmets and started the ridge walk. Thanks to my friend Shayan. "East ridge looked pretty prominent during our climb of the north ridge", they said. After reading about North Ridge (5.6) and West Ridge (5.6) of Conness in Peter Croft's book, it was difficult for me to decide on the route- both seemed equally as awesome. Posing with the awe-inspiring ridge traverse of… 2. The North Ridge of Mount Conness! I found myself pondering the idea of beauty while I was on that ridge. Right of Conness one can see the highest ridge of Yosemite NP, with Mount Ritter and Mount Maclure. Conness North Ridge of Mt. In that case, looking at an Instagram feed would be fulfilling – but it’s not. A classic Yosemite peak, highest in the Sierra north of Highway 120 and holding the second largest glacier in Yosemite. There’s no exact trail to the summit after the 1.5-2ish miles and don’t bother trying to follow the exact route proposed on Alltrails. Mt Conness via the North Ridge. There were a few sections of the ridge Neil climbed ahead and gave us a hip belay, but we never needed to set up any belay anchors along the ridge. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account for more dope hiking adventures! After the first snow of the season, Cam, Matt and I drove out to Yosemite to climb the North Ridge of Mt. Wes and I left from Riverside on Friday afternoon and got to the east side of Yosemite by early evening. A beautiful initial hike to the start of the route past sparkling lakes and high alpine tundra and . Really amazing views from the top--could see 40 miles out in most directions. The climbing is enjoyable, clean and generally quite easy even for a 5.6. We ended up scrambling through some sketchy terrain. You scarcely read of a miserable trip report up Mt Conness. After I got back from OR and #UintasHike16 craziness, Josh asked if I wanted to go solo the northwest ridge of North Peak and the north ridge of Mt. It's more of a scramble most of the way and probably more enjoyable in sneakers than in climbing shoes. We got up at 4am, had breakfast and coffee, and drove 15 minutes to the trailhead. It's a bit scrambly but for the most part it's simple one-foot-in-front-of-another terrain. Photo licensing info In that case, looking at an Instagram feed would be fulfilling – but it’s not. I have no desire to do something like the Conness North Ridge Route again! When I got home, and even now as I write this, I can still tap into that feeling. Brett scrabbling up the NOrth Ridge 3. Being in this place and experiencing the beauty of it from a knife-edge exposed ridge felt as though I had been raptured into some kind of third Heaven. Fantastic views from summit. From here the hike is quite easy, following a use trail along the ridge to gain another 1,000 feet until it gets to the foot of the exposed ridge that leads the final 200 feet to the summit. It passes the Carnegie Institute Experimental Station and continues through beautiful high alpine meadows. @sertanusanmaz. Photo by Yao-Min Chen. Conness in preparation for Matthes Crest. Last year, when Wes and I took a trip to the summit of Mount Bago, we looked down on Charlotte Dome and made a pact that we would climb it together. A beautiful initial hike to the start of the route past sparkling lakes and high alpine tundra and meadows takes us to the saddle between North Peak and Mt Conness. I must have been awakened five times that night by headlights of cars trying to find a spot near us. I literally just looked up and picked a way which I thought would be most direct but also safe. The rock is sturdy and hand/foot holds are clear. Views from the top are breathtaking! Stunning views below are the reward nearing the top of the North Ridge of Mt. The trail is unmarked and hard to see. Started at 10am and finished at 4pm, making it to the top at 1:30pm. It was off-trail all the way to the trailhead and at least 80 degrees by the time we reached the car. I felt like I would be at the summit in under a few hours. Mt. Yes, the north ridge … Lyell at 13,114 ft, second is Mt. We soon reached the end of the box canyon and had to climb out toward the North Ridge of Mount Conness. A complete photo gallery from this day can be … Views at the top were awesome, just like most other views at similar peaks. Mount Conness is right behind. The last quarter mile of the actual summit could test your nerves as there are drop offs but nothing too dangerous as long as you’re careful and take your time. Prime climbing will be in July through September of most years. Conness to West Ridge of Mt. Bring jacket because it gets very windy. In perfect conditions, no special equipment beyond traditional mountain day-hiking essentials is required for this peak. The weather and the views were absolutely breathtaking and it was only getting better the farther we went. A week after leading 5 pitches on Half Dome's Snake Dike (5.7) I decided not to pass on the opportunity to climb Mount Conness (12,590 feet). For a classic longer day, traverse the peak via the South Slopes and North Ridge, with a detour to bag the West Ridge in the middle of the day. Or worse, there’s the counterfeit beauty of porn that causes us to see people as commodities to be consumed. The north ridge of Conness was directly to the south with basically the entire route laid out before me. Luckily I don’t mind these hikes at all. You’ll likely hit some some brushes and light scrambling whichever way you take to get to Alpine Lake but that’s all pretty manageable. A few minutes later I was standing on the 12,590-foot summit of Mt Conness. Beauty is not just seeing something pretty. That said, the views on the descent were just as spectacular. And I got to do this with my son – who gets to do that? The Conness Glacier lies to the east. Beauty is not just seeing something pretty. Conness’ North Ridge, with the upper West Ridge at top right. Conness (12,590 ft.) North Ridge (III, 5.6) Mt. I saw some faint signs of a trail here and there but didn’t take that way since it was all sand and seemed slippery to try and head up (versus just scrambling up the rocks). 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