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Tyndall / Williamson rock climbing routes - doable yet in 2023?

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Callie Ham · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2020 · Points: 0

Looking for intel on whether the technical rock climbing routes are doable yet post-epic snow dump from this past winter. We've got permits to go up this weekend, but we'd definitely prefer to wait until we can climb. Anyone been up there recently? Thank you   

Alex S · · Ridgecrest CA · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 587

Hey Callie,

I think that depends on how you define doable, and exactly which routes you're interested in.  There is still significant snow coverage above 10k across the seirra, and most all routes will have steep snow at the base of the wall that will need to be negotiated to reach the first pitch's of routes, and likely more snow on the descent routes.  Crampons and axes will be a necessity for most trips this summer.

While i haven't been up to the willy bowl myself yet this year, for the views I've seen from other peaks, the north face of Tyndall still has lots of snow, but the east face looks reasonably dry, other than the snow at the base possibly burying the first pitches of the routes.  As for willy, the north face has lots of snow scattered across it still, and trade route on the west side i imagine has to still be filled in with snow and ice thru the 3rd class chimney.

Terry E · · San Francisco, CA · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 43

Looking at the N Face of Tyndall via this webcam, plus Sentinel Weekly on Caltopo, there appears to be a reasonably large area clear of snow, and the eastern side of the N Face looks still snowbound. Unfortunately, the web cam has moved position and doesn’t show Williamson like it used to. Tyndall is on the skyline, far left:

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