Bob Burd's California Travels

Last Updated: Fri Mar 27 18:26:34 2015

While I still favor the Sierra Nevada, I can no longer claim to only stray now and then. I'm running out of the higher peaks in the Sierra, so I end up rambling about other parts of California as well as nearby states. If you're interested in a particular peak, they are listed in chronological order below, but not all peak names appear if you try to do a search. There is an alphabetized list below that has all of the peaks listed, just select the letter of interest. Almost all of my hiking/scrambling/climbing involves dayhikes of varying durations, some more than 20hrs in length. This is all part of a somewhat haphazard effort to show that any peak in California can be dayhiked given enough determination. That, and I happen to like hiking - a lot. :-)
Latest Comment: 03/17/15 15:16:49 - #970 (#969)
I climbed N. Sister in September 1971 as I was entering the 8th grade. The traverse was completely covered in frozen snow. I think it was mostly a permanent snowfield in those years. We were led by Jon Karakauer (yes THAT Jon Krakauer). Jon was a senior in High School and already a good climber. Jon cut steps across the traverse and all the adults and us 8th graders picked our way across. I was terrified. We had no crampons and just ice axes. If we slipped it would have been the end. Now days in our litigious society, no one would take the risk of leading an inexperienced bunch of school kids on such a climb. No one spoke up and we all did it without voicing our concern or fear. The worst part was I knew we had to recross it on the way back.

The "bowling alley" was clear of snow and just frozen rocks and some verglas. The bowing alley term came in use later. It was just called the final gully. We roped up and climbed up and rappelled back down. I enjoyed seeing your pictures from 2014. It brought back memories of siting on the summit in the warm sun. Jon had forgot his lunch and snacks but we found some pop tarts in the summit register box. He was pretty hungry. But I always wondered what the climb would have been like if the gully was full of snow.

Willi Unsoeld did a winter climb of N. Sister while training for the Everest 63 Expedition. Those were the days of goldline ropes and wool gear. He said the winter weather in the Oregon Cascades met everything he saw in the Himalayas.

I have enjoyed reading about your Sierra Challenge and experiences. Maybe someday I can come down for a day or two when everyone is pooped and you need a partner. I am so impressed when I read your 30 mile days climbing Taboose Pass and Marion Peak. I have some work to do to make it 30 miles. You make it sound easy.

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2012 Sierra Peaks (41)
  • 11/7 
  • North Kettle - Kettle Pinnacle - 2 others
  • 11/6 
  • Sugarloaf
  • 10/16 
  • Tobias - Bull Run - 5 others
  • 10/15 
  • Fish BM - Hermit Rock - 6 others
  • 10/14 
  • Hockett Peak
  • 10/7 
  • Cattle - Junction Butte - Squaw Dome
  • 10/6 
  • Fresno Dome - Iron - 3 others
  • 9/27 
  • Deadwood Peak - Peak 9,205ft
  • 9/26 
  • Tryon Peak - Peak 9,960ft
  • 9/25 
  • Peak 10,833ft - Big Sam - Peak 9,115ft
  • 9/19 
  • Tom - Peak 9,691ft - Musick
  • 9/18 
  • Evon BM - Peak 11,515ft
  • 9/12 
  • Walker - Hanging Valley Ridge - 2 others
  • 9/11 
  • Center - Hawksbeak - 2 others
  • 9/10 
  • Tioga Crest - Mt. Scowden
  • 8/28 
  • Dennison Mountain
  • 8/27 
  • Lawson Peak - Kaweah Queen
  • 8/19 
  • Tyndall West - Polychrome Peak
  • 8/18 
  • Barnard East
  • 8/17 
  • Indian Rock
  • 8/16 
  • Vennacher Needle
  • 8/15 
  • Kid Mtn. - Big Kid Mtn.
  • 8/14 
  • Barrett Peak
  • 8/13 
  • Ski Mountaineers Peak - Peak 13,020ft
  • 8/12 
  • Mt. Gould
  • 8/11 
  • Leonard Minaret
  • 8/10 
  • Eocene Peak - Kettle Peak
  • 8/8 
  • Hiram - Airola - 3 others
  • 7/26 
  • Brown - Nelson - 2 others
  • 7/25 
  • Hoffman - Finger Rock - 3 others
  • 7/19 
  • Paradise Peak - Amphitheater Dome
  • 7/18 
  • Mineral - Peak 12,109ft - Peak 12,100ft
  • 7/12 
  • Palmer Mountain
  • 6/19 
  • Peak 11,357ft - Rafferty - 2 others
  • 6/14 
  • Yosemite's Falls Ridge
  • 6/9 
  • Leaning Tower - Lower Cathedral Rock - 3 others
  • 6/8 
  • Half Dome/Snake Dike
  • 6/7 
  • Royal Arches
  • 6/6 
  • Cathedral - Eichorn Pinnacle - 3 others
  • 4/1 
  • Lincoln - Disney - Crows Nest
  • 3/31 
  • Mt. Judah