Hermit Rock, first attempt

Hermit Rock is a spire in the Sierra. It is on top of a ridge and requires a short but intense backpack to get to. This is one of the first times I tried to do a technical climb on a backpacking trip. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and we did not get to climb the long classic route. We did do a short route on the back side on this trip.

west face of Hermit Rock

Needles from near Hermit

approaching storm

tent and valley

approaching cloud bank

Fido’s salute

sun setting on the Sierra

Drew on the start of the North Face of Hermit Spire

near the top of the North Face

looking down the East face - another trip

summit of Hermit Spire; Needles in background

looking down the descent route

Drew and Dean summit shot