Cactus flower next to Symmes Creek, first mile from the trailhead to Sheppards Pass
Saturday monring, rise and shine!
Sunrise over the Inyo Mountains
George brought enough sleeping pads seemingly for all of us.
Geroge navigating the first of four stream crossings over the first 1 1/2 mile up Symmes Creek
Early a.m. blues. Real work has yet to begin.
Austin navigating the last stream crossing over Symmes Creek before 54 switchbacks up to the first saddle.
Looking north into the Owens Valley
Austin nearing the top of the first major switchback section
Howard tending to foot maintenance at the first saddle
More of the same. Site has awesome views!
Mt. Williamson, 14,375'. Awesome north face.
The start of a 500 ft. elevation loss after the first saddle. Bah humbug!
Trail goes up the valley and behind the left-hand skyline ridge.
George sucking down tasty Sierra stream water.
Casading stream above the trail.
George and Austin sharing a brief moment without gear-ladden backpacks.
Austin navigating around boulders to avoid steep snow sloop on the left-hand side
Getting into snow drifts above Anvil Camp
Austin with steep snow field below the pass. One can see the foot path on the snow slope.
Dad and Austin with Sheppards Pass in the background.
Howard near the top and George mid-way up
Firm enough snow so little to no post-holing
Up, up and away!
Dad with another self-take. Austin's reflection can be seen on the left spectacle.
Yeah, air is thin and it's steep as well.
Howard patiently waiting up at the top of Sheppard's Pass.
Entering and leaving point for Sequoia National Park.
One tough hombre of a Pass!
Mt. Tyndell 14,015' from camp. Beautiful peak!
The route Austin and I climbs the center rib to the right of the summit.
Looking towards Diamond Mesa to the west.
Screen-saver material. Late day Alpine glow.
Last rays of light spotlight the summit of Mt. Williamson, 14,375'
Tackling boulder-fields at the start of the climb to Mt. Tyndell.
Our route, the North Rib, Class 3
Looking north towards Diamond Mesa.
Enjoying a brief rest in the thin alpine air.
Lots of blocky terrain to navigate. Most of the boulders were stable, a relief to both of us.
Up, and up and up again.
Glad we had helmets. Lots of loose stuff abounds.
Dad keeping a close eye on Austin. Well kind'a
The Palisades in the background.
We're getting up there now!
Sheppards Pass and our camp is to the left of the frozen lake below.
This picture was taken at the summit ridge.
Austin steering clear of the percepitous drop on the right, or east, side.
O.K., so where do I go now?
Summit register sign-in. Oh yea, "+ Dad"
Northwest face of Mt. Williamson as seen from the summit of Mt. Tyndell. The route Howard and George took ascends the snow tongue on the right-hand side.
Enjoying a well earned respite. Mt Whitney in the far background.
A first for son and Dad.
Looking west from the summit. The Kaweahs are the skyline ridge in the distance.
Telephoto pic of Mt Whitney. Mt. Russell, 14,086' is on the left.
Descending from the summit.
Austin beginning what must have felt to him as the harrowing descend down the same route we ascended.
Proceed with caution!
Yeah, I did it! (Glad to be off it was well)
Crossing snow fields during mid-day was akin to a reflective oven.
Descending the snow sloops below Sheppards Pass. Ice axe time.