Mount Tyndall is a peak in
Whitney region of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the
US state of California.
It rises to , and is the tenth highest peak
in the state. The mountain was named after the British scientist
and mountaineer, John Tyndall
lies on the Sierra Crest, which in this region forms the border
between the John Muir
Wilderness of the Inyo National Forest on the east, and Sequoia National Park on the west; it is also the border between Inyo and Tulare counties. Mount Tyndall is west of the higher
Williamson, and about
north-northeast of Mount Whitney.
Mount Tyndall was first climbed on July 6, 1864 by Clarence King
and Richard Cotter
. They were members of the
, under the overall direction of Josiah Whitney
and the field leadership of
. King and Cotter were
attempting to make the first ascent of Mount Whitney, and had made
a long trek from Kings Canyon only to find that they had not climbed the correct
The easiest route on Mount Tyndall in terms of access and climbing
is the Northwest Ridge, which involves class 2 scrambling
. It is accessed from Shepherd Pass,
about north of the peak. Other non-technical routes exist on the
gently sloped west side of the peak. At least two significant
technical routes lie on the much steeper east face; the first of
these routes was climbed by noted mountaineer Fred Beckey
and Charlie Raymond in 1970.
- Mount Tyndall on Summitpost
- . In Chapter 3 of the free online version of this book, King
gives an account of the first ascent of Mount Tyndall.