This past year has been a thrilling ride full of anxiety. On one hand, I’ve never lived more. On the other hand, I’ve never been so stressed living. Every time I headed out into the mountains, I felt like I was losing years of my life with all the stress and anxiety, but also gaining years of life with the experience.
Here’s a list of my accomplishments/ climbs this year – it’s more for myself but if anyone is curious too. I did have an experienced partner through it all and no climbing experience before this so if I can do it… anyone with the right mindset, training, dedication, and most importantly – partner, can do it too. Most of these peaks are technical to some degree.
This was also the year I completed all 14ers (I did 14/15 of them this year – I hiked Whitney & White Mtn previously). I haven’t set a hiking goal for myself in a long time… not since I first started hiking and did Mount Whitney for the first time actually. I had no intentions of setting any goals this year either – I honestly just wanted to get outside and hike and climb everything… until halfway through the summer, I realized I was on path to complete the CA 14ers if I could work up the courage to attempt the Sill-Thunderbolt Palisade Traverse.
|Peak||Route||Summit Elevation||Mountain Region||Date|
|Matterhorn Peak||East Couloir||12,285 ft / 3,744 m||Sierra Nevada||Feb 28, 2021|
|Mount Baldy||Baldy Bowl||10,064 ft / 3,067 m||Angeles National Forest||Mar 23, 2021|
|Mount Shasta||Avalanche Gulch||14,179 ft / 4,321 m||Cascades||Apr 16, 2021|
|Mount Whitney||Mountaineers Route||14,505 ft / 4,421 m||Sierrra Nevada||Apr 24, 2021|
|Mount Sill||North Couloir||14,153 ft / 4,313 m||Palisades, Sierra Nevada||May 7, 2021|
|Mount Gould||Kearsarge Pass||13,005 ft / 3,963 m||Sierrra Nevada||May 15, 2021|
|Mount Hood||Pearly Gates||11,250 ft / 3,429 m||Cascades||May 22, 2021|
|Tenaya Peak||Yosemite||Jun 7, 2021|
|Crystal Crag||North Arete||10,257 ft / 3,126 m||Mammoth||Jun 10, 2021|
|Mount Gilbert||Engram (North) Couloir||13,106 ft / 3,994 m||Sierra Nevada||Jun 11, 2021|
|Mount Agassiz||West Slope||13,893 ft / 4,234 m||Palisades, Sierra Nevada||Jun 13, 2021|
|Bear Creek Spire||Northeast Ridge||13,726 ft / 4,183 m||Sierra Nevada||Jun 20, 2021|
|Cloudripper||East Ridge||13,524 ft / 4,122 m||Sierra Nevada||Jun 26, 2021|
|North Peak||North Ridge 5.3||12,242 ft / 3,731 m||Sierra Nevada||Jul 4, 2021|
|Mount Conness||North Ridge||12,561 ft / 3,828 m||Sierra Nevada||Jul 5, 2021|
|Volcanic Ridge||11,495 ft / 3,503 m||Sierra Nevada||Jul 11, 2021|
|Split Mountain||North Slope||14,058 ft / 4,285 m||Sierra Nevada||Jul 18, 2021|
|Middle Palisade||Red Rock Route?||14,019 ft / 4,272 m||Sierra Nevada||Jul 25, 2021|
|Mount Humphreys||East Arete 5.5, grade 3||13,993 ft / 4,263 m||Sierra Nevada||Jul 27, 2021|
|Mount Russell||East Ridge||14,086 ft / 4,294 m||Sierra Nevada||Aug 8, 2021|
|Mount Whitney||Whitney Trail||14,505 ft / 4,421 m||Sierra Nevada||Aug 15, 2021|
|Mount Muir||Whitney Trail||14,018 ft / 4,272 m||Sierra Nevada||Aug 15, 2021|
|Mount Langley||South Slope||14,032 ft / 4,276 m||Sierra Nevada||Aug 21, 2021|
|Laurel Mountain||Northeast Gully to NE Ridge||11,824 ft / 3,603 m||Sierra Nevada||Aug 22, 2021|
|Clouds Rest||Sunrise Lakes Trail||Yosemite||Sep 14, 2021|
|Cathedral Peak||Southeast Buttress 5.6||10,927 ft / 3,330 m||Yosemite||Sep 18, 2021|
|Matthes Crest||South Ridge||Yosemite||Sep 29, 2021|
|Mount Sill||Swiss Arete||14,153 ft / 4,313 m||Palisades, Sierra Nevada||Oct 2, 2021|
|Polemonium Peak||Palisade Traverse||14,080 ft / 4,291 m||Palisades, Sierra Nevada||Oct 3, 2021|
|North Palisade||Palisade Traverse||14,242 ft / 4,340 m||Palisades, Sierra Nevada||Oct 3, 2021|
|Starlight Peak||Palisade Traverse||14,200 ft / 4,328 m||Palisades, Sierra Nevada||Oct 3, 2021|
|Thunderbolt Peak||Palisade Traverse||14,003 ft / 4,268 m||Palisades, Sierra Nevada||Oct 4, 2021|
|Mount Tyndall||North Rib||14,026 ft / 4,275 m||Sierra Nevada||Oct 16, 2021|
|Mount Williamson||West Face||14,380 ft / 4,383 m||Sierra Nevada||Oct 17, 2021|
|Renjo La Pass||17,585 ft / 5,360 m||Himalayas, Nepal||Oct 30, 2021|
|Gokyo Ri||17,575 ft / 5,357 m||Himalayas, Nepal||Oct 31, 2021|
A little background as to why I chose each peak / notable distinctions for that climb:
(I did have a mentor/ climbing partner who is knowledgeable and able to recommend peaks that may be of interest to me… so I wasn’t completely shooting in the dark with my objective choices)
- Mount Hood: I’ve always wanted to stand on top of a mountain on my birthday, and although the weather early morning was horrendous, climbing the Pearly Gates to the top of the highest peak in Oregon seemed cool
- Tenaya Peak: my first alpine rock climb
- Mount Gilbert: One of the most classic and steepest climbs in my favorite mountain range. I learned ice climbing earlier this year, it’s the activity that kicked off the rest of the year for me, and wanted to take a stab at it in the great outdoors. The steepest slope was 63 degrees
- Agassiz: easiest major peak in the Palisades
- Bear Creek Spire: 1400 ft alpine rock ridgeline
- Cloudripper: highest peak in the Inconsolable Range. First 13er I ever tried several years ago and failed.
- North Peak & Mount Conness: my first alpine rock link up
- Volcanic Ridge: this was the only permit I booked 6 months prior.. and it was supposed to be a chill backpacking trip through Ansel Adams Wilderness… but then I got addicted to climbing and seeked out a short peak en route… which ended up being class 2-3 with a touch of class 4 at the end to the best view of the Minarets
- Mt. Humphreys: hit a second 13er on the ridge, fun knifeedge ridge, reached 14k on the summit fully stretched out on my tippy toes!
- Mount Russell: said to be one of the finest class 3 scrambles in the Eastern Sierra… and I can 100% vouch for that rock quality!
- Laurel Mtn: My first free solo climb!!! 5.2 and one of the longest climbs in the Eastern Sierra
- Clouds Rest – probably the only regular hiking trail that I’ve done this yr to an unfamiliar peak
Thank you all for following along on my journey into mountaineering and climbing this year! I can’t wait to show you guys what I’m up to in 2022!
HAPPY NEW YEAR