Lone Pine Peak – East Couloir

Sometimes as a writer you just don't know how much information to give. It would be easy to present this as a dashing adventure in which I fearlessly charged into the unknown and triumphed, except that's not at all what it was like. This was an intense struggle that really made me question myself and what I was trying to do..

— April 10, 2008

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

Robert Kieffer April 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

Fantastic article! Absolutely riveting, with stunning pictures. Thank you!

BTW, is "camp Doom" a name you came up with?

Scott Wilson April 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm

This entry is pure inspiration. Thanks for the incredible story!

Bill April 12, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Outstanding Andy. I've eyed that line so many times wondering the same thing. Way to get up there and do it.

Mike Wilson April 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm

This is absolutely the most insane TR i have ever read in taking place in the Eastern Sierra. Inspiring, What an unreal line. I'll be first in line to buy the book.

Michael Ambrose April 14, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Andrew this is a brilliant piece of writing. Well done. You have captured the essence of adventure in the Range of Light with this one. Hope to run into you sometime this spring...maybe Ellery Bowl...

Scott Wilson April 24, 2008 at 12:29 am

Found a snapshot* from the drive up Whitney Portal Road. Just another angle of the Northeast Face and Headwall on Lone Pine Peak.

I have always looked up there from the road and wondered if it was do-able or if anything connected to the top.
Incredible that you answered those questions here, and bagged it just a few days later!

Andrew, thanks again for the amazing T.R. on this line!

Cheers!
S.Wilson

(*apologies for the low quality - it was taken from an iPhone.)

powderjunkie April 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm

I love checking in on your website and seeing what mountain you've conquered. This one blows the others away. Amazing climb and descent and well written as always.

Tim Birkmann January 21, 2009 at 11:55 am

I stumbled upon this article by accident, and I COULDN'T STOP reading til I got the the END ! Awesome TR, and great prose. I almost felt like I was there with you. I, too, love the solo missions (my wife will NEVER understand), and I can just "barely" imagine your elation. THANK YOU for sharing this with your unknown brethren of the Sierras.

I am a skier, and a rock climber, but I have never linked the 2 (except the upper ribbon on the backside of Mt. Baldy in Southern Cal, about 1100 vertical feet of continuous ribbon).

Once again, awesome.

Sam Page April 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Fantastic trip report. I had no idea there was a continuous snow climb (let alone ski descent) up the Northeast Couloir (or Inyo Creek drainage) on Lone Pine Peak. I'll bet it's in great shape right now.

martin July 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Nice, I snowboarded the line this April (in Powder). Walked up the road and climbed from Meysan lakes T-head, accessed the summit plateau via a couloir from the west side.