Ascent of Mount Lyell on 2013-08-04

Climber: Mike Maki

Others in Party:Mary Maki
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lyell
    Elevation:13114 ft / 3997 m

Ascent Trip Report

We did this in two days though could have been done in one (~20 hours). Got and early 4:00am start in Tuolumne Meadows and set up our camp near the Ireland lake trail about 6 miles in. The hike up Lyell canyon was uneventful with the exception of thinking we had passed the turn to the start of the cross-country section before Donohue Pass. Once we realized we were not there yet, you will definitely know where the turn off is when you get to it, beautiful view of Lyell and the route to it. Met a backcountry ranger coming down from a couple of days in the Lyell Base Camp area with her son. She informed us of an over due hiker, Matthew Greene, who had been missing in the area of Mammoth since July 16 and to check the register if we summited. The first part of the cross-country is relatively easy crossing large slabs of polished granite with a bit of a grade. Once you approach the moraine the task get a bit more tiresome. Large moraine boulders really slowed us down. It was a relief to get to the base of the Lyell snowfield. Here we put on crampons and went almost straight up the snow. The trickiest part was the transition from the snowfield (ice at the top)) to the rock. Once we were off the snow it was a fairly easy scramble to the summit. We signed the register, took a few pics and started down. Unfortunately the Rim Fire was burning west of the park and obscured our view a bit. As usual, going down the transition from rock to ice was a bit more difficult but we made down and back to the trail a couple of hours before dark. Got back to camp about 10:00pm and had good nights sleep. Even I not being the fastest hiker could have made it out in a day trip, but I was pretty beat and glad to camp the night. Slept in a little the next morning for an easy six mile hike back to the car. Pics here:
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Some smoke from Rim FIre
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mike Maki
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