Sierra Climbing Trip in 2022

Betsy and I went on an epic week-long climbing trip in the Sierra at the end of May and beginning of June. We climbed three tall peaks, each via a steep chute topped by a summit plateau and summit pyramid. Here is what we did each day.

Day 0 (May 30): Drive from Del Mar to Lone Pine. Climb giant boulders in the Alabama Hills, and camp at “secluded” Campsite 39 in the Whitney Portal Campground.

Day 1 (May 31): Backpack up the Meysan Lakes Trail from the trailhead at 7,900 ft to Meysan Lake at 11,446 ft. This takes us 9 hours, including finding a good campsite. Online blogs say that the distance is 6 miles, but Betsy’s GPS says it is 7 miles. I packed up this trail in 1978 with Mary, my brother Jay, and climbing buddy Don McEachern.

Day 2 (June 1): Climb Mt Irvine, at 13,770 ft, in 12-and-a-half hours. Betsy’s GPS says that the day’s distance is 10 miles.

Day 3 (June 2): Climb Lone Pine Peak, at 12,944 ft, in 12 hours, 45 minutes. Betsy’s GPS says that the day’s distance is 9 miles.

Day 4 (June 3): Relax, read, and hike on a rest day.

Day 5 (June 4): Climb Mt Mallory, at 13,850 ft, in 12-and-a-half hours. Betsy’s iPhone battery is dead, so we don’t have a GPS distance, but it is probably 10 miles. I climbed Mts Mallory and LeConte in a single day with Mary, Jay, and Don in 1978.

Day 6 (June 5): Backpack out in 4 hours. I drive home, while Betsy joins her friend Emily for another climbing trip 🙂

Photos and commentary follow.

California Climbing and Biking Trip in 2021

Betsy and I spent five glorious days climbing and biking in Joshua Tree National Park and Owens Valley in November. Here is what we did each day.

Day 1 (November 4): Climb in Joshua Tree.
Day 2 (November 5): Bike near Lone Pine.
Day 3 (November 6): Take Smoke’s climbing course in the Buttermilks near Bishop.
Day 4 (November 7): Betsy takes a second day of the course, while Wayne bikes nearby.
Day 5 (November 8): Climb in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine.

Here is my blog of our trip with lots of cool photos by Betsy.

Sierra Climbing and Kayaking Trip in 2021

After missing a year because of the pandemic, Betsy and I were happy to again spend five days backpacking and climbing in the Sierra in June. Our primary objective was the summit of Mount Lyell, the highest peak in Yosemite National Park. The morning of the sixth day we kayaked on Mono Lake to the east. Here is my blog of our trip.

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Sierra Climbing Trip in 2019

Betsy and I spent five days backpacking and climbing in and above Little Lakes Valley in the Sierra in June. Here is my blog of our trip.

Sierra Climbing Trip in 2015

Betsy and I spent five days backpacking and climbing in the Sierra in June 2015. We did a big clockwise loop that took us through the Evolution Basin where many peaks are named after famous scientists who did pioneering work in evolution and genetics. We packed over three passes (one without a trail), got snowed on the last two days, and did not see another person from the time we left the trailhead until just before returned.

My blog of our wilderness adventure follows.

Sierra Climbing Trip in 1978

In May 1978, I joined Mary, my brother Jay, and climbing buddy Don McEachern on a climbing trip in the Sierra. We climbed Mts LeConte and Mallory, two tall peaks on the Sierra Crest southeast of Mt Whitney. Here is our itinerary.

Day 1 (May 27): Pack 5 miles up the Meysan Lakes Trail from Whitney Portal Campground to Grass Lake, which is covered by snow.

Day 2 (May 28): Climb both Mt LeConte, at 13,960 ft, and Mt Mallory, at 13,850 ft, in a single day!

Day 3 (May 29): Pack out.

I scanned my slides in early 2022 and prepared the following blog.