Ascent of Mount Conness on 2016-08-27

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Beth Epstein
Dave Scobie
Debbie Chavez
Chris Alonso
Josie Matute
Aimee Shockett
Catalina Cuellar
Date:Saturday, August 27, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Conness
    Elevation:12590 ft / 3837 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Beth Epstein

Packed in over Lundy Pass for 2 nights at Shamrock Lake. Lundy Pass is steep and loose, definitely a bit unpleasant going up and down. Starting at 6:00 am Saturday morning we headed up onto a north ridge that took us up to the main E-W trending ridgeline of Mt Conness. While getting up there, some of us veered over to get Mount Conness-East Buttress. From the East Buttress we attempted to reach Conness by traveling along the 3rd Class E-W ridgeline. We went up and over the first pinnacle on this ridgeline, then headed up the next one, but not very far along we lost our route and couldn't find a Class 3 way to go, so we dropped down to the south off that ridgeline and followed the little valley over there up until it took us to the main E-W ridgeline, over here it was steep and loose Class 2, we followed this to the top, and then crossed the moonscape terrain to the steps up to the summit of Mt Conness. Great views up top!!

Coming back we stayed off the ridgeline, sticking instead to skree slopes that gave way to boulder valleys as we passed Alpine Lake. Eventually we gained the ridge again at the East Buttress, from there we just followed the same route we took in. It took us just under 12 hours from start to finish. At Happy Hour that night everyone except me, Beth, Chris, and Sridhar decided to skip the next day's climb, so they all signed out and packed out around 9:00 am Sunday morning.

The four of us left camp at 6:00 am again, and we headed up the gentle east ridge of North Peak to the point where it becomes nearly vertical. From here we moved over to the SE face of North and scrambled up the slabs, trying as we did so to avoid the slippery skree covering most surfaces. We finally made our way up to a series of ledges that took us up to the summit ridge; from that summit ridge it's an easy walk up to the summit. Lots of Class 3 travel going up this route; we carried rope, harnesses, etc., but we never really needed to use them. We came off by following the standard route down the skree slopes and then through the Conness Lakes basin. Easy going!! Time up to the summit was just over 4 hours; we were back at camp after a total of about 6.5 hours; once we were packed up it took us about 2.5 hours to get back down to our cars.

Mileage and gain for the entire trip: 21.0 miles, 7,800' gain

Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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