2016-07-03 - Sherpani Peak Scramble
From the shoulder it's straightforward up to the summit block. Some of our party opted to head up the little snow field there, others went up the rocks along the ridge.
Upon reaching about 10' below the summit we found the "non-exposed" "5th class" moves. There was definitely exposure, and the moves were 5th class (5.easy), so Jacob and I scrambled up the last bit while the rest of the party remained below.
After momentarily soaking in the incredible views from the summit, we hurried down to meet up with our party.
After a quick break we descended the same way we came up. Once we regained the 6200' saddle, we found what appeared to be a climbers' trail. Russ later found some old mine Adits and suspected that this was infact a remnant of mining days. This trail brought us down to ~5750 where we traversed across easy slopes back toward the trail. We met up with the trail at the large switchback at 5600'. So, if you're ascending via our route, turn left at the point of the switchback at 5600'
All together, a great day out in the mountains. While not too strenuous or difficult, and posing very few navigation challenges, the trip had great payoff in the end. The slabs were a joy to walk up, the scrambling to the summit was spicy, and the views were great.
8.9mi roundtrip in 8 hours. Class 4 scramble, BW1.
Approach boots worked well. Carried the ice axe the entire way, but never used it. Lightweight gaiters would have been nice for the snow.