Ascent of Mount Lyell on 1986-07-04

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:John Fisanotti
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 4, 1986
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lyell
    Elevation:13114 ft / 3997 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Tuolumne Meadows, John and I backpacked in about 9 miles and set up camp. On day two, we hiked up the John Muir Trail to about 10500' in elevation, then made our way up to the beginning of the Lyle Glacier. We put crampons on, got the ice axes out, then worked our way up the glacier towards the Lyle/Maclure saddle. The snow was perfect for kicking steps and the glacier extended very high on the mountain. We turned left before the saddle, then made our way to the top of the glacier and onto the peak's northwest ridge, which we followed to the summit. I obtained my Sierra Peaks Section Emblem on Mount Lyle. Also, John and I spent 2 hours on top, enjoying the sun, napping and reviewing the summit register instead of climbing Mount Maclure, then we made our way back to camp. On day three, we hiked out back to the vehicle.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4515 ft / 1377 m
    Distance:25 mi / 40.2 km
    Route:Lyell Glacier/northwest ridge
    Trailhead:Tuolumne Meadows  8599 ft / 2620 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2-3
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads

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