Ski Mountaineering

Tallac, Dick, Pyramid, Mokelumne, Highland, Round Top

Sep 18-23, 1997

Reiner Stenzel

We often ski around Lake Tahoe in the snow season. It is a complementary fun to climb peaks in this area during summer or fall. This is what I did by joining an SPS trip lead by Al Conrad. The objective was to climb a few listed peaks. A more detailed trip write up is in the SPS archives, although without pictures.

We started near South Lake Tahoe and climbed Dicks Peak and Mt Tallac on the first day. The summit views from Tallac over Lake Tahoe were great. Our group of 6 people was in a happy mood.

On the second day we climbed Pyramid Peak in the Desolation Wilderness. It was hunting season and the gun shots were everywhere. A deer was injured and screamed until several more shots relieved its pain.

On the third day, Sep 20, we climbed Mokelumne from the Tanglefoot trailhead near the Bear River Reservoir. It was a 7 hour round trip on mixed trail and XC terrain. We had a beautiful fall day with nothing but sunshine.

On the last day we climbed Highland Peak, starting near Ebbets Pass where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Hwy 4. It was another 7 hour fun day.

After the end of the scheduled trip I had planned to drive to the Bay Area. Thus I made a small detour to Carson Pass and climbed Round Top in the morning. This ended a week of climbing with a nice group of friends.

See scanned pictures below (click for larger images):

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