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Pyramid Peak

Climb Pyramid Peak! Let's ski or snowshoe a winter favorite while snow conditions are looking good. We will start from Twin Bridges, approximately 4,000 feet of climbing and hopefully ski or snowshoe most of that on the way back down. This is a great training run, and will be a great day out with the club on a non-technical ascent. Maximum 16 climbers. RSVPs open Wednesday, February 27th at 8:00 pm.

How RSVPs work: Prospective members who have joined on Meetup but not yet paid for any membership may attend one event for free. Beyond this, you must be a current official SMG "MEMBER" to attend. All events open for RSVPs at 8:00pm on the Wednesday approximately three weeks prior. RSVPs are first-come first-served and are subject to event organizer review and final approval. All attendees must meet the pre-requisites. Prospective members will still need to sign the SMG Waiver / Assumption of Risk and provide emergency contact information to attend. Please provide the required information when you RSVP. Because this event occurs on public lands it is open to the public.

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Dates: March 23, 2013

Location: Pyramid Peak, Desolation Wilderness, off Hwy 50

Route: South Ridge, potentially some other faces

Appropriate For: Fit, basic level climbers


Fitness and Difficulty Level: Moderate

Max Elevation: 9,983 ft

Starting Elevation: approx. 6,000 ft

Weather: NOAA Forecast

Pre-Requisites: Participants must meet ALL the following

  • Adequate fitness to handle a nearly 4,000 foot winter ascent and descent in one day, moving at 1,000 feet an hour.
  • Knowledge of how to stay warm and dry in winter while working hard.
  • Be an official member of SMG or a prospective member on your first free trip.



Saturday, March 23rd: We'll meetup in Folsom early as indicated and carpool up Hwy 50 to the the Twin Bridges trailhead. We may end up parking at the turnout for the Rocky Creek trail and walking up the highway a bit. People can also meet us there at 8:00 am if they choose, please indicate in your RSVP questions.

We'll ascend the southeast facing ridges all the way to the South Ridge proper and probably go straight for the summit from there. Hopefully we'll have a great view and a snack, then turn tail to ski or snowshoe all the way back down.

This is one of the longest ascents available in the local area, approximately 4,000 feet. It is pretty tough if you are out of shape, so please do not RSVP if you have any doubts about your ability to climb this much elevation on snow, and with a pack. It would be great if we could push the pace a little to get some training out of it. In fact that is why I am choosing this route. It is a great benchmark for fitness. My goal is to climb this at 1,000 feet an hour, summiting at noon.

There will be no ropes or technical climbing on this trip, but you should still bring your crampons, an axe, and a helmet.




  • Wicking, breathable baselayer, top and bottom
  • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer, top and bottom
  • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
  • Insulating fill jacket
  • Socks, liners
  • Mountaineering boots, or ski boots
  • Lightweight liner gloves
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Glacier sunglasses
  • Warm hat - the touque!
  • Sun hat
  • Balaclava


  • 30 - 50 liter pack
  • Trekking poles with snow baskets
  • Food
  • Water bottles or containers. Water bladders not recommended in freezing weather.
  • Headlamp w/extra batteries
  • Compass, GPS also recommended if available
  • Map
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera, extra batteries
  • Small knife
  • Personal items, medications
  • Emergency items - keep it small.


  • Helmet
  • Ice axe
  • Steel crampons, fit to your boots
  • Skis and skins, snowboard, or snowshoes

Group Items

  • First Aid Kit
  • Snow shovel
  • Radios


For questions or more information, please contact: Darren Shutt, SMG Organizer, [masked] or (916)[masked]

Climb on!

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  • Hillary D.

    Anyone else planning on snow-shoeing? Don't want to be the lone ranger...

    March 7, 2013

    • Marek B.

      I'm snowshoeing.

      March 18, 2013

    • Hillary D.

      I was holding off making sure I didn't have to work this wknd, but I do :( Hope you guys have a good trip!

      March 22, 2013

  • Lisa

    Bummed I cannot attend, I have last minute guests coming up for the weekend. Am hoping one of these weekends I will not be insanely busy and able to join you on a trip!

    March 22, 2013

    • Darren S.

      OK Lisa, sorry to hear that. Right now we've got space on some trips in April - Brokeoff for example. Hopefully you can join us on one of those.

      March 22, 2013

  • Christian B.

    I am sorry but I will not be able to attend. I need to take care of some other commitments,

    March 20, 2013

    • Darren S.

      Too bad - I was hoping to meet you. OK we'll catch you on another one Christian!

      March 22, 2013

  • Marek B.

    Anyone driving through Davis and willing to pick me up?

    March 20, 2013

  • Cathy

    Looks like my weekend might clear up, so I might be able to join you on this trip.

    March 18, 2013

  • Darren S.

    Hey all, no matter what you're doing to negotiate the snow - ski, snowboard, are welcome on this trip.

    March 18, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hiked Horsetail Falls today. Looks more like a hike than a ski right now :(

    March 17, 2013

    • Darren S.

      OK, we'll bear that in mind. Thanks for the info.

      March 17, 2013

  • Dan B

    Unfortunately I'll be at work.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How much experience do you need to ski this route?

    March 6, 2013

    • Darren S.

      Trent, it s moderate terrain. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners, and experts would probaly be bored. Just nice cruiser backcountry skiing...

      March 8, 2013

  • Kevin

    Here's a probably not but in case my other plans fall through.

    February 27, 2013

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