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Ascent of Galena Peak on 2010-07-17

Climber: Robbie Mize

Others in Party:no one
Date:Saturday, July 17, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Galena Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9324 ft / 2841 m

Ascent Trip Report

hottest day of the year so far! left the car at 3:00pm (mistake). near 100degrees. took one full gallon of water plus a liter and half in bottles. Too much water is not a problem for me i could use the extra weight for training. anyways, this mtn kicked my ass. yeah it was mostly the heat, but damn! i was so happy when i reached the top i started screaming at the top of my lungs.

one of the most beautiful and fun mtns i have climbed in socal. not like the rest of the walk-ups typical to the local ranges, Galena provides a more formiddable challenge. Yeah it's not that far and it doesn't have the most elevation gain, but it packs a punch. it's about 3.5-4 miles to the top, maybe 4.5, but the first 2-3 miles are at a VERY gradual incline following the riverbed. (note: at third drainage on the south side of canyon, follow up and right shortly to bypass some scrambling in the riverbed) This leaves the last mile or so of hiking with about 2,000ft elevation gain, give or take. (again these numbers are all estimates). climbing the headwall to reach the jumpoff point was ridiculous... similar to the sand dune park in manhattan beach. i was literally on all fours clawing my way straight up the loose dirt and rock, sliding back down 6 inches for every foot gained upwards. uggghhhhhh. HOWEVER, there was no one around at all and no trails and a real sense of isolation was felt, which was very enjoyable.

once the saddle was reached (the jumpoff point), the ridge was easier to navigate. The ridgeline was very steep and at times very exposed. Fantastic position on the mountain! follow the bighorn sheep trails to the summit. Reached at 5:50pm.Left the summit at 6:01pm.

I descended very quickly to the saddle via some nice scree skiing (6:10), and likewise down to the base of the headwall with more scree skiing (6:15).the way down the canyon was slow going, but still much quicker than the way up because the temps had dropped significantly. i warily stumbled back to the car, EXHAUSTED, at 7:29pm.

this thing was more difficult than anticipated, also i should have chosen a different day probably, one with cooler temps. even still, i had a fantastic outing.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3324 ft / 1013 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:via The Jumpoff Point
    Trailhead:Vivian Creek Trailhead  6000 ft / 1828 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
hottest day of the year so far
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 29 Minutes



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