On Saturday, we did a quick 45 min jaunt up Pincushion mountain (its actually just a hill) and on Sunday we decided to climb something rather obscure, the North East Ridge of Hoffmann Peak.
|Approaching Mount Hoffman from the west side of May Lake.|
Mount Hoffmann is a tourist mountain, it has an easy class 1 trail to the top, but what most people don't realize is that there are more interesting ways up the mountain. One is the North East Ridge, which is a 4th class scramble gained from the col between Mount Hoffmann and Touolmne Peak.
|NE Ridge - Photo SummitPost|
|Teresa on the approach|
After slogging up 800 feet of slabs above May Lake, we found the start of the ridge.
|Looking up the ridge|
A very cold wind picked up. October is here and summer is definitely ending in the High Sierra. We started up on the ridge, with some easy class 3. Soon the ridge narrowed, and the fun began!
|Climbing on the ridge|
We then arrived at some short 4th class sections, a super fun crack with some low 5th class moves. Hand jams, stemming, oh my.
|Teresa into the crack|
|Teresa comes up the chimney|