|Ping can't believe how good the East Buttress of Whitney is|
When it comes to rock climbing in the mountains, we sure have it made in the Sierra Nevada. The approaches are generally short or on decent trails, the weather is stable and consistent, and the granite is just so dang good! Whether you want to feel the air under your feet and scramble up exposed ridgelines to lofty summits or lace up your climbing shoes and pull difficult moves on alpine walls, there are objectives to satisfy climbers of all abilities.
|High on the Buttress|
We have been quite lucky so far this summer, with clear skies, warm temps and little wildfire smoke to contend with. With these favorable conditions, guests have been coming from around the country to climb some of the most classic High Sierra rock routes with me over the past couple weeks.
|Bear Creek Spire in the evening light|
|Gavin ascends the North Arete|
Intermediate climbers should consider the classic East Buttress of Mount Whitney or the North Arete of Bear Creek Spire. Both are Grade III climbs that ascend moderate technical terrain up to a high summit, and are wildly exposed in places.
|Charlotte Dome, with the Great Western Divide in the distance|
|Melissa follows the infamous Slot pitch|
|The best 5.9 pitch in the universe? You'll have to be the judge!|