A couple of weeks ago we combined a technical climbing route with a backpacking loop by carrying as-light-as-we-could-make-it climbing gear and camping crap up to the summit of North Arête of Matterhorn Peak, part of Sawtooth Ridge and the beginning of the “High Sierra.”
We continued the loop by continuing over the ridge, carrying our [now] camping gear and [now] climbing crap down the backside of the peak and through the alpine country of northern Yosemite, south of Sawtooth Ridge where the Matterhorn lies. The peak bears no real resemblance to the venerable Swiss mountain, but it was aesthetic nonetheless.
Thanks to a great weather forecast, we didn’t even carry a shelter, which made our packs even lighter. We got a classic route on beautiful golden granite, plus alpine lakes, wildflowers, the aftermath of a huge fall windstorm, and no crowds. What’s not to love?