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Shared By: Chris S on Jul 11, 2010
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Description

Technically a sub-peak of Mt Carillon, The Springbok is the right-hand formation that rises up above Lower Boy Scout Lake. Despite being south-facing and excellent Sierra granite, The Springbok gets few ascents from the hoard of climbers passing below on their way to Whitney and Russell. It would be an excellent warm-up peak for a team with an extra afternoon to spare.

References: Secor, The High Sierra, 3rd ed., The Winged Horse, pg 81.

The FA Team of Adios Yahoos chose to name this feature the Springbok to fit with its sister formation, The Impala. Fred Beckey, who was asked about this in June 2010, does not recall if he meant to name his route or the feature, The Winged Horse.

Getting There

Approach via the North Fork of Lone Pine Peak - if you camp at Lower Boy Scout Lake and go no further, you should not need the special Whitney Zone permit. Tell the permitting office that you are climbing a sub-summit of Mt Carillon. This area is best reached from Lower Boy Scout Lake: follow a use trail for the East Face of Mt Carillon to the right of the Springbok, then traverse to the base of the wall.

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FWIW: The original 1972 American Alpine Journal report (Fred's own writing) indicates pretty clearly that Fred named the formation The Winged Horse, and that his route climbed the South Face of said formation. Here's a direct quote from that article: "The Winged Horse, South Face. Rising above Lower Boy Scout Lake and just east of the Impala, the rugged summit crown of the Winged Horse rises above an appealing 600-foot south face." Aug 7, 2018