Friday & Saturday 8/12 & 8/13/11
Climb Iron Mountain
Located near Mammoth, we hiked 8 miles out of Devil's Postpile on Friday morning to our campsite at Lake Anona. On Saturday we started hiking at 8 a.m. We climbed a steep couloir that required ice-axe and crampons and then out a chute with a chimney formed by snow at the top to gain the ridge to the summit. After summiting at 1 p.m. we were back at camp at 5:30. The group was slow hiking out so I didn't get back to my car until after 10 p.m. (we should have been out by 8:30). I then drove home arriving at 3:45 a.m.
I was in surprisingly good shape for this climb considering I hadn't done any long hikes since June. I am climbing like I was in my 30s except without the knee pain