Lone Pine Peak, North Ridge, 5.5

  • 05/17/2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 05/18/2019
  • 10:00 PM
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Join MAA on Lone Pine Peak to climb the long and stunning North Ridge. This is an adventurous ridge climb with a commanding view of the Owens Valley and the Whitney area. Proficiency at multi-pitch alpine rock climbing required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 4. Hope to have you out with us!

SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified. Thank you! 


  • What's happening: Lone Pine Peak 12,944', North Ridge III, 5.5. In early season we may be dealing with some snow. Even though it is an easy climb, the length, routefinding, and altitude make it a long and strenuous climb. Those attempting need to be in excellent shape and comfortable moving quickly without protection while scrambling with a pack at altitude. It is imperative that the route is climbed quickly, so most of the time we'll be using a running belay. There is also a few pitches to lead traditionally, and some 3rd class and 4th class downclimbing. Some parties have reported lead climbing that feels like 5.7, with exposure. 
  • Where to meet: 9:00 am Lone Pine location, TBD
  • Event Leader: Darren Shutt (916) 872-3399 and Doug Harris
  • Minimum / Maximum: 1-4
  • What to bring: Rock shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, three locking carabiners, PAS, cordellette, prusik, 2 runners, 2 non-locking carabiners, climbing pack, bivy, approach shoes / mountain boots, headlamp, sunglasses, personal items, layers, storm shell, map and compass, food, water, sleeping bag, pad, tent. We'll probably bring just one tent for the team.
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.


  • DAY 1, Friday May 17th: Meet in Lone Pine and hike up to the base of the North Ridge climb. Set up camp and prepare for the climb.
  • DAY 2, Saturday May 18th: With a pre-dawn start and carrying light bivy packs, climb the north ridge to the summit, then descend back to the cars. The climb may take from 8-12 hours. The descent will take 4-5 hours. We will be returning in the dark. 


  • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
  • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
  • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.



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