Leaving camp in the morning, we headed back down the basin. A bit of downhill before the up. We need to go over that ridge with the trees or contour around it and across the lakes basin on the other side before gaining the west ridge of Barnard. It's long but easy.
Some awesome trees through here. There are plenty of big boulders scattered in the terrain but they are easy to avoid. No tedious rock hopping.
Boulder scattered landscape that we have just walked through. Our camp is above the trees and green in the middle. Rockwell pass is the low point on the ridge.
We end up climbing through a drainage on sheep trails (lots of evidence of scat and footprints, but no actual sheep sightings). Now we're in the next lakes basin over and we can see Barnard ahead. The next step is to gain the ridge.
Pavla working her way up.
It's still easy cross country through here.
Open and slabby.
Looking at the summit and the ridge. We need to go right (out of picture) to follow a slope up to the ridge.
We need to gain the ridge ahead of us, so we decide to contour around and follow the draw on the right.
Looking back at some of the lakes in this intermediate basin.
It's sure purty up here.
We're heading up towards the ridge of Barnard now.
We catch the ridge and are treated to some nice views of Whitney, Russell, Mt Randy Morgenson, and other things.
Looking down Wallace Creek to the Kern River
We're on the ridge. Although there was a bit of a steep section to get up here, it's all class 1 travel so far.
Looking up towards the summit. Actual summit not visible - there is a bit of a flat part after the bump ahead from which the summit rises.
A peek at the typical terrain. This is not a difficult climb, just a bit long.
Looking over at Mt Tyndall
There are some interesting boulder piles along the way but they are always easily avoidable.
Tyndall again and a tiny bit of the highest Wright Lake.
Pavla heading up the ridge.
A nice view of some of the terrain we've come through.
Hoppin rocks and dirt on the way up Barnard.
Russell, Morgenson, Whitney, Hale and Wales Lake
There is a lot of this on the way.
Looking back down the ridge we've been walking.
View towards camp - right smack in the middle of this photo.
Yay, a little polemonium flower has hung on for me!
Approaching the final plateau and I see the summit bump ahead.
The Russell, Morgenson, Whitney trio again.
Approaching the final stretch to the summit.
Looking back across the plateau.
Wales Lake and Mt Whitney
Just below the summit I dropped my poles and chose a fun little exposed scramble to the summit next to this dropoff. It's not necessary, just fun.
David ahead on the summit.
Opened the register and the first thing I found was Sooz's entry!
Made it! Highest non-14er in California.
Looking down the north facing wall of barnard with the plateau above.
The upper Wright Lake and Mt Tyndall from the summit of Barnard.
Wright Lakes basin and Mt Tyndall from barnard. Great place!
Tyndall and Williamson
I found another crop of Polemonium up here. Yay!
Wallace and Wales Lakes with Mt Whitney in between.
View toward the Kaweahs and the Great Western Divide