PETE'S CLASSIC LEADS 1980-1999

Having organized and led over one hundred official activities for the Sierra Club and the California Mountaineering Club, ended in 1999, it is my intent, with this section of the Pete's Thousand Peaks web site, to inform the interested public about the past opportunities for peak climbing about this area of the Pacific West.

Leading a few trips for the Peak and Gorge Division (1968-1998), as well as for the Winter Sports Section and Day Hikes Section, in the period from 1977 to 1980, I then organized and chaired the Climbing-Knapsack Section (1981-1987), which was more ambitious in scope. Some of these trips entailed very strenuous hiking, climbing, and ski mountaineering. Participation was thusly limited to a few. If you could move as we did, you were welcome. A high fitness level, as well as climbing and/or skiing skills, was a prerequisite for signing up for many an activity.

Personally, at the time, I ran or jogged about four miles or more a day. This went up to six miles later. I maintained a regular schedule of challenging activities almost every weekend, at some times. I worked at a day job with required heavy lifting, and standing for long periods of time.

Formerly, too, I was an I-rated leader for the Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. While I obviously have led and completed numerous activities of far greater difficulty than I (intermediate) levels, the Angeles Chapter rules require lectures, check-offs and other proficiency tests, now soon to include current, First-Aid, training. I had no great objection, since I could lead M (moderate), E (exposed), and T (technical) level activities for the California Mountaineering Club. I am no longer a member or have any association with either club.

Currently, in 2015, I am attempting a slight come-back by a local Meet-Up group. It remains to be seen how this goes.

Some omissions are unavoidable. Generally, less substantial ski tours, climbs, hikes, private trips, or other unofficial events are not mentioned here, nor are leads by other groups and climbers. Unless noted, all accompanying photos are taken during the trip described. Please contact me to initiate a live chat session, for questions, comments, or suggestions. And about leading...


LOST COAST May 24-26, 1980

CLOUDS REST AND MT. WARREN June 14-15, 1980

MT. SHASTA June 21, 1980

MT. JULIUS CAESAR July 19-20, 1980

SPLIT MOUNTAIN, MT. PRATER July 25-27, 1980

PALISADES ADVENTURE, SAN JOAQUIN MOUNTAIN September 6-8, 1980

LOST CANNON PEAK September 20, 1980

WHITE MOUNTAIN, WELLS PEAK October 11, 1980

GRANITE PEAK ATTEMPT October 18, 1980

STAR LAKE February 7, 1981

PYRAMID PEAK February 22, 1981

EASTERN SIERRA SKI ADVENTURE April 15-17, 1981

SHERWIN BOWL, SAN JOAQUIN MOUNTAIN May 2-3, 1981

GRANITE PEAK, TOHAKUM PEAK May 9-10, 1981

NEVADA ROAD TRIP May 23-25, 1981

BLACK BUTTES, OLD MAN MOUNTAIN May 30-31, 1981

MT. SHASTA ATTEMPT June 21, 1981

MERRIAM PEAK, ROYCE PEAK July 18-19, 1981

MT. BREWER August 14-16, 1981

MERCED PEAK, OTTOWAY PEAK August 22-23, 1981

MT. GILBERT AND MT. JOHNSON September 5-7, 1981

PEAR LAKE HUT, WINTER ALTA, AND VICINITY April 24-26, 1982

SNOW MOUNTAIN June 5, 1982

MT. EMERSON AND CLOUDRIPPER August 14-15, 1982

TOWER PEAK August 28-29, 1982

MIDDLE PALISADE September 10-11, 1982

BLACKHAWK MOUNTAIN October 2, 1982

SKI MOUNTAINEERS PEAK May 21-22, 1983

MT. MORRISON August 13, 1983

MT. EDDY, KINGS CASTLE, BLACK MARBLE, BLACK BUTTE September 3-5, 1983

MT. ST. HELENA January 2, 1984

SKI MOUNTAINEERS PEAK REVISITED May 19-20, 1984

MT. GILBERT AND MT. JOHNSON 2X June 16, 1984

KAWEAH PEAKS June 30 to July 4, 1984

DICKS AND JACKS PEAKS August 25, 1984

PROVIDENCE MOUNTAINS AND EAGLE MOUNTAIN #2 November 22-25, 1984

ARC DOME AND SOUTH SHOSHONE PEAK May 25-26, 1985

MT. SHASTA June 22, 1985

MT. GODDARD AND MT. HENRY July 4-7, 1985

TUOLUMNE PEAK September 28 ,1985

VILLAGER PEAK, RABBIT PEAK, AND INDIANHEAD November 29-December 1, 1985

RUBICON PEAK January 19, 1986

TWIN RIVERS LOOP, MT. JEFFERSON May 24-26, 1986

MT. SILLIMAN AND ALTA PEAK June 7-8, 1986

UNIVERSITY PEAK AND KEARSARGE PEAK June 21-22, 1986

SPANISH MOUNTAIN, THREE SISTERS, AND EAGLE PEAK July 4-6, 1986

IRON MOUNTAIN AND MT. PATTERSON August 2-3, 1986

TWIN PEAKS August 23, 1986

RUSSIAN PEAK, BOULDER PEAK, AND BASE OF CASTLE CRAGS August 30 to September 1, 1986

OLD MAN MOUNTAIN October 18, 1986

SHEEPHEAD MOUNTAIN, PYRAMID PEAK, TELESCOPE PEAK, AND CRATER MOUNTAIN November 27-30, 1986

MISSION PEAK, LOMA PRIETA January 17-18, 1987

JUNIPERO SERRA PEAK, PINNACLES HIKE March 28-29, 1987

CATHEDRAL PEAK, UNICORN PEAK September 25-26, 1993

MT. RITTER June 25,1994

EAST VIDETTE, WEST VIDETTE, MT. ERICSSON, MT. BREWER July 15-21, 1994

MT. GILBERT, MT. JOHNSON, HURD PEAK, CHOCOLATE PEAK August 13-14, 1994

PINTO MOUNTAIN November 29, 1996

MT. GOETHE, PILOT KNOB (NORTH) August 8-10, 1997

MT. DANA, MT. GIBBS, TIOGA PEAK September 13-14, 1997

TABOOSE PASS PEAKS ATTEMPT September 5-6, 1998

FREEL PEAK September 4, 1999

TWIN PEAKS AND RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN 4X October 7, 2015

SONORA PEAK 6X October 10, 2015

All text is written from these actual activities, and all photos are taken on the actual activity, unless otherwise stated. Some simplification is necessary for the purposes of readability. Due to the time of authorship, some phrases may be written in the present tense. All references are accurate as to the stated time and date of the activity.

DISCLAIMER: In most cases, you should be a well-equipped and highly experienced hiker, climber, or wilderness skier to undertake, duplicate, or repeat these activities. Hazards and great danger, with potential loss, injury, and even death, are implicit in all wilderness travel, and also other forms of travel. Search, rescue and evacuation costs are generally the sole responsibility of the recipient.

My archival page, for older trip reports with photos, is currently under construction.

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