Bear Creek Spire (13,713 Feet)

Where: Sierra Nevada, California
When: June 2005
Partners: Mark Beauchamp
Route: Ulrichs Route (Class 4)

Bear Creek Spire from the north

Mark Beauchamp and I made the enjoyable climb up Bear Creek Spire one morning after slogging up the steep and snowy Ulrichs Route in June of a heavy snow year. Walking across a frozen Dade Lake on the way to the summit, a few fun class 3-4 moves up steep cracks above the upper snowfields led to the final, exposed summit block. A quick class 4 move put us on the top!
Looking north from just below the summit

West to Mount Gabb, Mount Dade & Pipsqueak Spire on the descent


Photos courtesy of Rick Kent