North Peak's Northwest Ridge (II 5.3)

Where: Yosemite National Park, California
When: August 2009
Partners: DB & Andy Archibald

Bringing DB up the northwest ridge

We tried to get to North Peak in September 2008 but nasty weather and bitter-cold temperatures kept us away. This time, the forecast called for thunderstorms. So we set out early and tried to beat them.
Summit pose

As it turned out, the weather was just fine. After some excellent scrambling (and just a touch of 5th class climbing), we soon found ourselves on a sunny summit with awesome views in the 360.
Mount Conness from near the North-Conness saddle

The hike out (via the SW slope and Conness Lakes) was easy, quick, and mega-aesthetic. The lakes!
DB at Conness Lakes