Class 3 options and Mt Hoffman

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Class 3 options and Mt Hoffman

Post by mdfreiberg » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:11 pm

Hey everyone,

New to the forum and to the NorNev area. I will be researching the forum for answers to my questions, but wanted to put this out there. Assuming Mt Hoffman is accessible (I'm not optimistic it is), does anyone have information about class 3 or 3+ routes? SW Ridge or otherwise? Or know where I can find it because google isn't getting me there. If not, are there any other peaks you would recommend that would be good tune ups for this kind of climbing? For anyone who is going to respond, for a baseline, I am working on getting all of the Colorado 14ers (32/58) done and have a trip planned in August. Just need some good 3, 3+ or 4 options that are within a few hours drive from Reno. Thanks in advance. I know these newby questions pop up a lot, but I will be looking for threads and researching as time goes on. Cheers and thanks in advance.

-Mike Freiberg








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Re: Class 3 options and Mt Hoffman

Post by bobby49 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:50 pm

Are you asking about Mount Hoffmann, 10850' in the center of Yosemite?

Most of the steep climbing is on the north side. The south side has the "thumb," but I haven't been up there in about thirty years.

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Re: Class 3 options and Mt Hoffman

Post by davidsheridan » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:03 am

If you are new to Reno, and have not explored desolation Wilderness yet, it is close by. Here is a link to the desolation triple crown, which strings together three peaks and has class 2 and class 3 sections. http://highsierratopix.com/community/vi ... own#p76828

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Re: Class 3 options and Mt Hoffman

Post by davidsheridan » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:24 am

Here are some other class 3 and class 4 peaks that would be on my list, with a disclaimer that I have not claimed them yet.

Mt. Haeckel (approach from Sabrina Basin)
Middle Palisade (14er)
Mt. Tyndall and Williamson (both 14ers approached from Shepherd Pass)
University peak (from Onion Valley)
Banner Peak combo with Mt. Ritter (longish approach hike but approaching from meadows north lake Ediza or from 1000 island lakes provide beautiful places to camp)
Mt. Conness (approach from Saddlebag lake)

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Re: Class 3 options and Mt Hoffman

Post by davidsheridan » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:37 am

My final mention, as you are new to Reno, I'm not sure if you were aware of the Ogul list of Tahoe area peaks (63 peak list) http://www.tahoeogul.org/

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Re: Class 3 options and Mt Hoffman

Post by c9h13no3 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:09 pm

Castle Peak & Round Top are probably the closest class 3 climbs to Reno in the Sierra I can think of and are easy & fun half days. Jeff Davis has a class 4 rating, but I've heard it's a choss pile. Haven't done it myself. I've heard Needle Peak & Rubicon also have class 3 summit blocks.

But yeah, if you want sustained hundreds of feet of class 3, gotta go further south to Yosemite/Higher Sierra.
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