Morning Light on Mt. Conness
At the base of the North Peak Couloirs at the start of the North Peak-Conness TraverseKaren S. nearing the summit of North PeakFrances C. cruising the North Ridge of Mt. ConnessNorth Peak and Mt. Conness, late August 2014. photo: Ney Grant

North Peak – Mount Conness Traverse

A classic linkup on the Yosemite frontier. If you like big alpine days, then check this one out.

We offer this trip on a custom private basis only in one big day. Please click HERE to request a reservation and more information.

North Peak - Mount Conness Traverse

North Peak to Mount Conness


photo: Ney Grant

photo: Ney Grant


We offer this alpine enchainment in two ways, by custom private arrangement depending on your preference and ability, and the conditions at the time:

1) Start with one of the North Couloirs on North Peak. This option is best when there is firm neve (ne-vay) snow in the couloir. We can use one axe, crampons, and rock protection which means there is minimal extra weight but it feels like a full value alpine day. Once the snow disappears and it becomes an ice climb later in the summer, it generally requires two technical ice tools and other heavy ice climbing gear. This makes the rest of the climb on Mt. Conness more strenuous but if you are up for it, any time you go it is a super classic alpine linkup.

2) Later in the season, it is quicker and easier to go ultralight and, with only approach shoes and a light rock climbing kit, climb the North Ridge of North Peak, with some fun climbing, then traverse over Conness for a grand skyline tour.




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