Type: Trad, Alpine, Grade IV
FA: IDK
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Shared By: Michael Layton on Jun 29, 2020
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Description

There's  the Tuolumne Triple Crown: Tenya to Full NS Mathes to South Buttress of Cathedral

How about the Alpine Version?

North Ridge North Peak to Conness NR down and around to Conness W Ridge, an outstanding link-up,

Park at Saddlebag Lakes, consider a shuttle car at the Sawmill Campground to save a 2-mile backtrack uphill. Cross the dam and along the N shore of Saddlebag Lake, cut north near Greenstone Lake, and head to Sardine Lake. Cross over and pick your way up to the NR of N Peak, enjoying the views of the rock and ice climbs on N Peak. N Peak NR is very casual with a few spans easily downclimbed in and out. Make sure to summit. Use this 1st route as a litmus test. If you need gear and belays on this route, turn around after the summit or plan on at least two days. Now trudge over to Conness and do the NR. Info provided on that page. After pondering bailing, go down to the West Ridge and climb back to the summit. West Ridge beta on its own page. Now if you want to make it back to your car instead of hiking out sawmill, hike along the East Ridge after exiting the plateau area and downclimbing the scree trail, looking for a low angled snow tongue just a few feet down a rocky gully. If it looks terrifying you aren't there yet. Ax/Spikes needed in all but the slushiest conditions. Now pick your way down whatever way you think is fastest and regain the standard approach for the NR of Conness and back to the car.

Location

Saddle Bag Lakes, just outside the Yosemite Park entrance on the East Side.

Protection

all optional - 0m to 30m to 60 rope, rock shoes, very light rack.

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