Lake Tenaya at the base of Stately Pleasure Dome; Conness in back
We’re back from Mt. Arapiles, Australia, and climbing in one of the most beautiful places in the states – Tuolumne Meadows.
This spring is one of the wettest I’ve seen in the Sierra. Two years ago, we climbed Tenaya Peak on June 15 and the next day we climbed the west ridge of Mt. Conness. Now, it doesn’t look as though it’s possible to do the approach to Conness (from Saddlebag Lake; the one where you climb up over the ridge and descend the other side).
I’d hoped to climb Conness again, as it’s incredibly beautiful and I wanted to climb the route with my son, who’s never been in to Conness.
Not only was Conness and Tenaya inaccessible, but climbing anything north facing involved some snow slogging. Not wanting to hike through knee-deep snow, we settled for climbing on Stately Pleasure Dome, Daff Dome, and Pywiack, where we found many good routes.