|Sunrise near Upper Lamarck Lake|
|Mt Darwin and Mt Mendel from Lamarck Col|
|The Sierra Club left a new register|
"East Face. Class 3. From the western edge of the Darwin Glacier, climb a gully that rises diagonally to the right. Take the second ramp system that leads to the left to a chute. Climb the chute, which eventually widens into a sandy gully, leading to the summit headwall. At the base of the headwall, go to the right and climb the ridge (forming the right side of the chute) to some large blocks. Work around the blocks to the right, passing through a notch. Descend slightly and continue up to a 15-foot wall. Turn left and pass through a keyhole that leads up to the summit plateau, and walk to the summit."
|The NE Ridge, as seen from the East|
L-R | Summit, 3rd Tower, 2nd Tower, 1st Tower,
Notch Tower, the Gendarme
The lowest point on the ridge is the 1st Tower-2nd Tower notch
Of course, these are my own given names
|Sunset on Mt Mendel's West Summit|
I reached Lamarck Col again at 7:30pm, and at 8:00pm emailed my friends, "Coming down lamarck col now. all is good. 2 or 2.5 hrs to car. i.ll call @ home." I made it to the car right at 10:30pm, pulled my shoes off my sore feet, and started driving. 17 hours never felt so good before.
Note on the climb's length: I develop a rough estimate of an alpine climb's length by using National Geographic Topo or Google Earth to determine the linear distance of a route, aka as the crow flies, and my own notes to determine the elevation gain. Then I simply plug those numbers into Pythagorean's Theorem to get the distance. In this case the route climbed 1320' in 2322' of distance, therefore the route was approximately 2700' long. - Chris