A list of our favorite Pullharder trip reports from the Sierra Nevada, by peak, from roughly South to North. Get out there and crush some of these routes!
Lone Pine Peak
Probably our favorite mountain. A MASSIVE south face and mega-classic ridge climbs on the Northeast. The south face sports ice in the Winter. On the south face the cracks are junky but the faces are amazing… perhaps the future of High Sierra face climbing…
- Michael Strassman Memorial Route (Superdike) (III, 5.10d), First Ascent by Nate, Charles, Scotty
- NE Ridge (IV, 5.7), First Winter Solo by Ben
- N Ridge (IV, 5.5), First Winter Ascent of complete ridge by Nate, Charles, Scotty
- North Ridge (IV, 5,5), Winter gear list by Nate
- NE Ridge Speed Record by Gil
- NE Ridge( IV, 5.7), Second Winter Ascent, by Nate and Scotty
- Michael Strassman Memorial Route (III, 5.10d), First Winter Ascent by Ben and Asa
- Winter Chimney (IV, 5.8, AI 2), First Winter Ascent by Charles and Scotty
- Autumn Ledges (III, 5.8), Winter Ascent, by Shay and Kostas
- Winter Route (IV, 5.8) by Nate and Kostas
- Land of Little Rain (V, 5.10c) by Scotty
- Stone House tour (beta) by Scotty and Charles
California’s southernmost fourteener. Gnarled up north-face and south face with a lot of new route potential still.
- Horizontal Thought Movement (IV 5.8), First Ascent, by Ben C & Nate
- Unstoppable Tower Tango (III, 5.10) First Ascent by Shay and Luke
The High Sierra’s highest, most famous, and most crowded peak. But great granite means that if you climb it by a nonstandard route or off-season you can still have great climbing AND solitude. And, amazingly, there are still routes awaiting their first ascent!
- East Buttress (III, 5.7) and East Face (III, 5.7) Solo Linkup in Winter by Ben
- Badwater to Whitney summit (141 miles) in a day by Ben and Andre
- If At First (V 5.10+) second ascent, car-to-car by Shay and Nate
- Direct East Face (IV, 5.10) car-to-car by Robb and Lindsey
- East Face (III, 5,7), Winter Ukulele Ascent by Charles and Albert
- East Face (III, 5.7) solo by Gil
- Mountaineer’s Route in Winter by Shay and Nate
Looks just like Patagonia, and is even higher in elevation, but with perfect Sierra weather instead of having to wait for a tiny weather window.
- Harding Route (IV, 10c) by Shay and Alex
A hidden wall in the Whitney area that’s even closer than the classic climbs for which the area is best known.
- Cleavage Dreamer (5.10), First Ascent by Nate and Kostas
- Cleavage Dreamer (5.10), First Free Ascent by Scotty and Lindsey
- Bloody Cleaver (5.10a) First Ascent by Gil
- Southeast Arete (II 5.7) First Ascent by Scotty and Nate
Right next to the Cleaver in the high hanging valley, an awesome peak whose routes have seen very few repeats.
- Sweet Carillon (5.10), First Ascent by Shay and Andre
- Pipeline variation (5.10+), First Free Ascent by Josh and Shay
- Pipeline (5.10), First Ascent by Shay and Andre
Excellent rock, three perfect faces and a jillion sharp ridges and aretes. Many people think this is the best mountain in the Sierra; it certainly has the best climbing of any of the fourteeners.
- Fishhook Arete, Winter ascent (III, 5.9) by Ben and Konstantin
- Nelson Pearson Indirect (III, 5.8), First Ascent by Scotty and Lindsey
- Star Trekkin’ (III, 5.10c) car-to-car by Ben and Konstantin
- North Face (II 5.6) First Ascent by Nate and Scotty
- Western Front (III, 10c) by Gil and Scotty
- Mithral Dihedral (III, 5.9) by Konstantin
- Fishhook Arete (III, 5.9) by Gil
An insane number of obvious lines on this complex peak.
- Stoners on a train (III, 5.10), First Ascent by Gil and Scotty
- Psycho Buttress (III, 5.10, c1), First Ascent by Gil and Scotty
Only two routes have been put up on this forgotten gem.
- New Route by Scotty and Nate
This fourteener, the second highest in the Sierra, is a huge, blood-sucking mountain, and worthy of our respect.
- NE Ridge (V), epic Winter Ascent by Kostas and Charles
Yes, another Sierra route that makes the Steck & Roper 50 classics list. But it’s so far in there, the crowds are thinner than comparable routes elsewhere…
- Charlotte Dome (III, 5.8) by Gil
- Charlotte Dome (III, 5.8) car-to-car by Lindsey and Robb
Not a crag, but a monstrous peak, the rock’s reputation is chossy, but the climbing is so good you don’t often get bothered by it.
- Dark Star (V, 5.10c) and Sun Ribbon Arete (IV, 5.10a) back-to-back by Ben
- Venusian Blind Arete (III 5.7), First Winter Ascent by Nate and Ben
- Dark Star (V, 5.10c) in the cold November car-to-car by Konstantin and Robb
- Sun Ribbon Arete (IV, 5.10a) car-to-car by Nate and Charles
- Dark Star (V, 5.10c) car-to-car by Kostas and Shay
With six fourteeners, the most famous subrange in the Sierra was the venue of some the earliest technical Sierra climbing with the Palisade school of Mountaineering (PSOM). Even today the range has countless challenges, some of them yet to be completed. Go big!
- Full Palisade Traverse (VI, 5.9) by Ben, Gil, and Brad
- Temple-Gayley-Sill Traverse (IV, 5.8) solo car-to-car by Gil
- Thunderbolt-to-Sill Traverse (IV, 5.9), Third Winter Ascent by Shay and Konstantin
- Polemonium Peak’s LeConte’s Revenge (II, 5.7), First Ascent by Shay and Kostas
- Thunderbolt to Sill (IV, 5.9) car-to-car by Nate and Paul
Like out of a fantasy novel, this spectacular wall of sheer granite rises from the heart of the Sierra, ten miles West of the Sierra Crest. But the trek is worth it for the incredible scenery back there as well as the excellent climbing.
- Edge of Time Arete (IV, 5.10+), huge day car-to car by Ben and Greg
This subrange is known for its incredible beauty. And its mega-classic ice lines. As well as, of course, the High Sierra’s “50 Favorites” contribution, Peter Croft’s Evolution Traverse, which climbs nine thirteeners on incredible rock.
- Evolution Traverse (VI, 5.9), First Winter Ascent by Shay, Konstantin and Ben
- Evolution Traverse Beta and Gear List by Ben
- Mt. Mendel’s Ice Nine (WI4) by Gil
- First 7 peaks of Evolution Traverse solo by Gil
- First 3 peaks of Evolution Traverse and beta by Shay and Nate
Bishop Area Mountains
These humongous and beautiful mountains loom right over the Owens Valley, beckoning us to big linkups and winter descents.
- Mt. Humphreys East Arete (III, 5.4) solo, by Gil
- Basin Mountain Snowboard descent by Gil
- Basin Mountain on Snowshoes by Gil
- Basin Mountain descent plan (with White mountain) by Gil
- Mt. Dade Snowboard descent by Gil
- Mt. Tom Snowboard descent by Gil
- Pine Creek cragging: Sheila, Beckey Route, and Pratt’s Crack by Robb and Luke
Bear Creek Spire
This famous peak is the monarch of a beautiful remote area of the Sierra.
- NE Ridge (III, 5.6) in Winter by Ben and Konstantin
3rd Pillar Of Dana
This unassuming pillar of rock holds the classic of classic pitches of the High Sierra.
- Regular Route (III, 5.10a) by Josh
- Regular Route (III, 5.10a) by Luke and Konstantin
- The Choss, Moss and the Lichen, by Robb
With excellent easy ridges and one of Peter Croft’s “Big Four” hard Sierra routes, this peak is not to be missed.
- Harding route (V, 5.10c) by Luke and Robb
- West Ridge (III, 5.6) and Harding Route (V, 5.10c) by Scotty and Lindsey
A relatively newly explored High Sierra peak, now its perfect granite is the epicenter of hard Sierra climbing thanks to the development of tireless locals. The walls surrounding it host endless potential for even more lines.
- Lost in the Sun (III 5.12) First Ascent by Luke
- Red Dihedral (IV, 5.10b) and Positive Vibrations (IV, 5.11a) By Luke and Lizzy
- Red Dihedral (IV, 5.10b) and Positive Vibrations (IV, 5.11a) by Luke and Konstantin
- Sunspot Dihedral (IV, 5.11b) and Astrohulk (III, 5.11) by Luke
- Tradewinds (IV, 5.12-) by Luke
- Lucky Streaks (III, 5.10+) by Luke
Yosemite’s forgotten other half, this is the place where dreams are made.
- Matthes Crest full traverse (III, 5.9) by Ben
- Cathedral Peak (III, 5.6) solo by Gil
- Some Easy Classics by Luke
The Valley needs no introduction.
- The Nose in a Day by Josh and Scotty
- The Nose by Luke and Stein
- The Nose by Shay and Albert
- The Nose by Scotty and Ian
- El Cap’s The Shield by Gil
- Winter Ascent of El Cap’s Zenyatta Mondatta by Asa
- “French” Free Rider by Stein
- Half Dome Regular Route in a day by Gil
- Half Dome Regular Route in a day by Roberto
- Half Dome Regular Route by Shay and Nate
- Royal Arches to Crest Jewel Direct (5.10d) by Josh
- Galactic Hitchhiker (5.10a, A0) by Scotty and Shay
- Galactic Hitchhiker free (5.11) by Josh and Roberto
- Astroman by Luke
- The Rostrum by Luke
- Steck-Salathe by Gil
- Taking it Easy at Yosemite by Shay