North Ridge of Mt. Conness August 5, 2010

On August 5 Scott Bushman joined Kurt Wedberg for an ascent of the classic North Ridge of Mt. Conness 12,590′, 3837m.  Mt. Conness is located near the border with Yosemite National Park.  The mountain is flanked by the Conness Glacier on its north side with the North Ridge forming one side of the glacier’s border.  Rock quality of this granite peak is superb and the views are outstanding offering an excellent vantage point straight into Yosemite Valley.  Scenes of Half Dome and Mt. Lyell are two of the many well known features that stand out during this climb.

The approach is on a broad ridge that leads to an increasingly narrow path.  Eventually a tower is reached requiring a rappel before several pitches of enjoyable climbing lead to the summit.  The difficult rating is anywhere from 5.6 – 5.8 depending on the exact line taken.

Thanks Scott for a great day!

Here are a few highlights.  The entire photo gallery can be found here:  Mt. Conness August 5, 2010.

The North Ridge of Mt. Conness

Scott traversing the increasingly narrow ridge.

Scott ready to rappel the first tower.

The ridge and face beyond the first tower.

View of the first tower as seen after we rappelled it and began climbing higher towards the summit.

Scott climbing on the open face on the 1st pitch after our rappel

Scott approaching the top of pitch #2

Scott on the crest of the North Ridge at pitch #4

Summit Photo

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