Numerous photos on Strava.
I have been projecting the three major parts of this route for over a year:
NW Buttress 5.4yds, Tenaya Peak
Matthes Crest Traverse 5.7yds
SE Buttress 5.6yds, Cathedral Peak
Photos included in Strava
-car to Tenaya summit 51:05
3:11 on summit
-Tenaya to base of Matthes in 58:09
5:51 to change shoes and hydrate
-base of Matthes to south summit in 30:16
1:58 on summit
-south summit downclimb then climb through crux to north summit in 10:56
52 seconds on summit
- 82:15 through remaining Matthes Crest including topping the two final fins of the crest, over the Echo Saddle and across to the base of Cathedral Peak
- 41:13 to climb SE Buttress of Cathedral (including time to change shoes)
1:29 on summit
-65:56 to downclimb Cathedral and run back to Tenaya lake trailhead
This is a MEGA-Classic if run + solo. I definitely lost some time with bad beta on the final two fins of Matthes Crest and could maybe make the bushwhacks a bit faster
What are your thoughts on lot to lot with hitchhiking back to tenaya?
I had read that the point to point was a common way for climbers to complete the route and it does save bushwhacking mileage, which makes sense.
I chose this route/style as it ‘felt’ right for the FKT style and was how the route was described in this forum. It felt cleaner and self-reliant.
So what do you think?
I see in your other comment that you finished the point-to-point variation with a faster time. So let’s weigh in.