Ascent of Mount Williamson on 1947-08-28

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Ian Mackinlay
Cricket (Ann) Strong
David McCarthy
Murray Brush
Bob Becker
Jim Koontz
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 28, 1947
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Williamson
    Elevation:14373 ft / 4380 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Williamson provided the climax to our week's Sierra outing. Though not technically difficult, it offered some challenging route-finding. The route we generally followed was that of Bolton and Lucy Brown's first ascent in 1896. From our Tyndall Creek camp we headed for the Williamson Bowl from the saddle SE of Shepherd Pass. In the Bowl we passed Lake 3733'and headed for the peak, up talus to the larger black rock stains. After working our way up several chutes (a couple of which were dead ends), we came to the "right" one, which took us up over loose rock almost all the way to the top of the NW buttress. After a traverse to the right(south) to a 60' Class 3 crack, we reached the surprisingly broad, open summit plateau and the summit itself a short distance to the south. It had taken us about 6 hours to make the top from camp and about 3 hours after Lake 3733'. After savoring our success, we returned to camp the same way as we had come. On August 29 we broke camp on Tyndall Creek to begin a leisurely descent over Shepherd Pass to the Symmes Creek TH, spending a night en route at Anvil Camp. We had parked a car before the trip at the TH for a shuttle to our starting point at Onion Valley.(Route description taken from R.J.Secor's "The High Sierra".)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2873 ft / 875 m
    Route:From Williamson Bowl-Bolton Brown route
    Trailhead:Tyndall Creek  11500 ft / 3505 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:

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