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Ascent of Tells Peak on 2010-08-21

Climber: Tim Berger

Others in Party:Dave Sendek
Date:Saturday, August 21, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tells Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8872 ft / 2704 m

Ascent Trip Report

Accessed from McConnell peak via ridge linking peaks. Once on Tells,stayed right (west) of summit ridge,following random use trails to summit. Summit indistinct between two short boulder piles. No register found. DO NOT DESCEND to west or follow ridge NW toward Loon Lake, no trail was found,just lots of scrub manzanita. Go back north to ridge intercept with ridge forming north bowl of Forni Lake to descend to Forni Lake.

We bushwacked to Forni Lk outlet and caught the Highland trail back to Van Vleck.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:252 ft / 77 m
    Elevation Loss:2352 ft / 717 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3 on ridge
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
alternating between sun and rain and corn snow showers
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:252 ft / 77 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:ridge with McConnell
    Trailhead:col with McConnell Peak  8620 ft / 2627 m
    Time Up:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2352 ft / 717 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:Forni Lake trail to Highland Trail
    Trailhead:Van Vleck TH  6520 ft / 1987 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: N Crystal Range Traverse (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Red Peak2010-08-21
2Silver Peak2010-08-21
3McConnell Peak2010-08-21
4Tells Peak2010-08-21



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