Demetria Gianopoulos and Tom Sakowych joined Kurt Wedberg for a climb of the NNE Face of Norman Clyde Peak. This peak is named after the legendary Sierra mountaineering pioneer. Norman Clyde taught school in the Owens Valley and lived in Big Pine creek canyon. This impressive peak is situated just north of Middle Palisade Peak above the glacier that goes by the same name. The NNE Face is an enjoyable 3rd /4th class route offering good rock quality and great views of the Palisades. As one climbs higher views looking north all the way to the Minarets and Boundary Peak are revealed.
On day 1 our approach brought us in to Finger Lake. A pre dawn start on a warm September night got us to the base of the route shortly after sunrise. After reaching the summit we returned to Finger Lake. On day 3 we hiked out.
A few pictures are below. The rest of the pictures are here: Norman Clyde Peak September 16-18, 2010.
Norman Clyde Peak in morning light. The NNE Face is on the far right side of the sunlit part of the massif.
From left to right: Demetria Gianopoulos, Kurt Wedberg, Tom Sakowych
The NNE Face of Norman Clyde Peak
Demetria at a belay high on the NNE Face of Norman Clyde Peak.
Tom climbing one of the 4th class pitches near the top of the NNE Face of Norman Clyde Peak.
Demetria enjoying some of the 4th class climbing near the top of the NNE Face of Norman Clyde Peak.
From the top of the NNE Face looking south on the ridge line that leads to the summit of Norman Clyde Peak.
Tom and Demetria on the summit of Norman Clyde Peak.
Norman Clyde Peak is named after the famous Sierra mountaineering pioneer. It is located just north of Middle Palisade Peak (14,040′). It has several high quality routes leading to its lofty summit and has one of the greatest views of any peak in the Sierra. Because this peak gets overlooked by many mountaineers who focus on the California 14ers Norman Clyde Peak remains a hidden gem and one of the all time classic peaks in the Sierra. The NNE Face is an intricate 3rd and 4th class ascent requiring good route finding skills and efficient climbing to make good time over its intricate route.
Sunrise of Norman Clyde Peak
NNE Ridge of Norman Clyde Peak. Our route on the NNE Face is on the right side of this ridge.
NNE Face of Norman Clyde Peak
Starting the 4th class on the upper NNE Face of Norman Clyde Peak
Greg high on Norman Clyde Peak
The summit ridge of Norman Clyde Peak
Greg on the summit ridge of Norman Clyde Peak
Greg Gerlach on the summit of Norman Clyde Peak on August 1, 2009
Kurt Wedberg on the summit of Norman Clyde Peak, August 1, 2009
View of the Palisades looking north from Norman Clyde Peak