We headed our from our campsite in Wright Lakes basin over Rockwell Pass, a straightforward cross-country pass that cuts off a lot of distance to Shepherd Pass compared to going back to the JMT.
We eventually found a use trail and followed it all the way to the pass.
Approaching the pass. This side is a bit easier than the other side.
Looking back on Wright Lakes basin.
David heading down the north side of the pass.
Heading towards Shepherd Pass
Looking back on Rockwell Pass
Looking across towards Tyndall Creek. It's where we came down the JMT several days back.
Shepherd Pass ahead
Something about this meadowy stuff felt like the Fireswamp. Keeping our eyes open for R.O.U.S.
I've never hiked up this way, it's quite pretty. And the trail is nice and easy.
Old trail, new trail.
Finally I got a peek at the route we'll be taking up Tyndall. It doesn't look quite as steep from here. We'll take the rib that runs up the slabby slopes left to right.
Looking back down the trail to Shepherd Pass and Rockwell Pass (low point to the left of the little point in the middle of the shot)
Approaching the pass. We veer right off the trail to find a campsite at the nearby lake.
We found a great campsite out of sight of other people and the trail. It was a bit protected from the wind and had this great view of Tyndall!
There's even a little snow left up here.
After setting up camp we head towards Tyndall. A small use trail rises from the lake but it fades to nothing pretty quickly. Our route will be the rib that's running up the middle of the face ahead of us.
Looking West towards the Kern Ridge. We saw a coyote hopping across the dirt a few hundred feet away but he disappeared out of sight before I could get a pic.
Looking back on our Lake.
Tyndall ahead. First we have a pile of talus to slog through to get to the base of the rib. Then we'll figure it out.
Talus at the bottom of the Rib. From here, I can't tell if we should stick to the talus on the right side of the rib or move to the slabbier stuff on the rib proper.