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Ascent to Granite Mountain-Just above Point 996 on 2011-02-04

Climber: Dan Baxter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, February 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Point Reached:Granite Mountain - Just above Point 996
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3300 ft / 1005 m
    Remaining Elevation:1031 ft / 315 m (31% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

The one peak I wanted most during a week of peakbagging in the SE corner of California, and the one peak which I failed to summit!

The drive in was the longest, most rugged, and most remote. The hike/climb itself - ditto.

I turned back after a scare on unexpectedly loose rock at a point of moderate exposure. Best done later, and not solo!

Addendum: I summited in 2013 with the Sierra Club's Desert Peaks Section. The ridge I ascended on the failed attempt was actually one small ridge over from the one used by the DPS, and had more exposure.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2476 ft / 752 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:DPS Route B
    Trailhead:Palen Pass Road  1224 ft / 373 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear



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