Sierra Nevada - Mt. LeConte

On June 22-29, 1963 a combined Sierra Club and Explorer Post 360 group made an attempt on 13,960' Mt. LeConte. There were 40 people in the group of which 16 were Post 360 members and 4 men.

From Whitney Portal we headed up the steep Meysan Creek trail at 8:30. People arrived at Little Mesan Lake between noon and 3:30. Some of the group were altitude sick so we left part camped at Little Meysan Lake and 11 Post 360 Mountaineers plus 11+ Sierra clubbers went to upper Meysan Lake and camped in rocks and wind.

Up at 4:30 a.m. and on the way at 6:30 a.m. We made the 13,300' ridge, 99% on snow by 11:00 a.m. (4.5 hours). The rest of the peak route was too icy to climb so we glissaded 2000' down (15 minutes).

We made it back to cars by 3:30 and home around 11 p.m. A beautiful area and weather.

On May 29-31, 1970 an Explorer Post 360 group of 19 Explorers and 7 men set out to climb 13,850' Mt. Mallory. Beautiful weather. Left cars at 8:30 and made camp about 1:30 except for two stragglers. Camped at 11,200' in meadow below Meysan Lake.

Saturday climbed to LeConte Plateau (16 people) - nine made LeConte - 3 + 3 later made Mallory, 4 stopped at plateau. Much rock fall. Steve Henderson and Carl Foster were hit on head by small rocks. (On LeConte chute).

Back at camp we learned that someone had been injured on the face of Lone Pine Peak and we watched a Helicopter bring in the rescue team.

I didn't make either peak on these two trips.

Mt. LeConte area map
Mt. LeConte area map

These pictures are from the 1963 trip.

Climbing above Lower Mesan Lake - Jun 1963
Climbing above Lower Mesan Lake - Jun 1963
Climbing above Lower Meysan Lake - Jun 1963
Climbing above Lower Meysan Lake - Jun 1963

Mt. Mallory (I think) on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Mt. Mallory (I think) on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Mt. LeConte from the route up - Jun 1963
Mt. LeConte from the route up - Jun 1963

Continuing up the route toward Mt. LeConte on the skyline - Jun 1963
Continuing up the route toward Mt. LeConte on the skyline - Jun 1963

Final climb to camp on way up Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Final climb to camp on way up Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963

Camp in the rocks at Meysan Lake, Mt. LeConte on the skyline above the route up - Jun 1963
Camp in the rocks at Meysan Lake
Mt. LeConte on the skyline above the route up - Jun 1963
Making camp in the rocks at Meysan Lake, Mt. LeConte on the skyline above the route up - Jun 1963
Making camp in the rocks at Meysan Lake
Mt. LeConte on the skyline above the route up - Jun 1963

Early morning ready to start climb of Mt. LeConte at Meysan Lake - Jun 1963
Early morning ready to start climb of Mt. LeConte at Meysan Lake - Jun 1963
Heading out to climb Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Heading out to climb Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963

Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963

Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Above Meysan Lake on the north slope of Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Above Meysan Lake on the north slope of Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963

Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963

Looking down the north slope route to Mt. LeConte at Meysan Lake - Jun 1963
Looking down the north slope route to Mt. LeConte at Meysan Lake - Jun 1963
Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Climbing on the way to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963

View north from saddle on route to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
View north from saddle on route to Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Enjoying the view from high point reached on the route to climb Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963
Enjoying the view from high point reached on the route to climb Mt. LeConte - Jun 1963

We glissaded down the long snow slope toward camp - Jun 1963
We glissaded down the long snow slope toward camp - Jun 1963
Clouds moving up the valley as we descended to camp - Jun 1963
Clouds moving up the valley as we descended to camp - Jun 1963