This was a truly incredible climb! Long approach, almost 5hrs to the base of the route and then a LOT of fun moderate to easy climbing between there and the top so get a good nights sleep and be in good health! We belayed the first 3 or 4 pitches and then simul climbed from there unroping for the last pitch or two.
|At the trailhead ready to go, that's AM in case you can't make out the tiny A in the top left!||This is the view as you leave the trail and head cross country towards to the peak.||Ron looking back at the sunrise over the terrain we just covered.|
|Ridge leading to the bench just below the summit.||The view of the summit as you top out onto the bench. Yep, you walk right past the summit and then down to get to the start of this route.||Photo from the same spot looking the other way into Yosemite. Half Dome is visible in the top right.|
|The West Ridge is the skyline, the Warren Harding route is the notable route on this face||Getting under way. We may have arguably started to the right of the true west ridge route||Looking up with the sun on the wall now|
|Ron approaching the 2nd belay. Gaining some elevation again as the views are starting to take shape||Looking back towards the 3rd belay, feeling like a kid in a candy store about this time!||A little higher, probably simul climbing at this point, loving life!|
|Looking towards North Peak from the summit of Conness.||Same photo spot many hours later! Heading out.|
All photos by Paul Morash and Ron Norton