9 Aug 2000 - by Bob Walton
On August 9th my sons Jeremy and Jon and British mountaineer Dave
Gregory accompanied me to the top of Peak 12,126 (known as Slate Ridge
Peak) north of Excelsior Mountain. We ascended via the east slopes and
south ridge. We found acres of loose talus and enjoyable climbing only
on the steeper section of the NE side of the peak. The trail up from
the Virginia Lakes was mellow and scenic. It took us about three and a
half hours from the car to the top with breaks for nutrition and
snowball fights. The view from the top was spectacular, especially
toward Yosemite. Conditions were clear and a cold wind was blowing from
the west above 11,000'. We spent less than an hour on top. We
considered heading for Excelsior, but the wind changed our minds.
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