Ascent of Mount McLoughlin on 2003-08-20
|Date:||Wednesday, August 20, 2003|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9495 ft / 2894 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom my Pacific Crest Trail journal (www.trailjournals.com/northerner): So by midafternoon, with clean feet and a full stomach, I continued on, now climbing steadily to the base of Mt. McLoughlin. I passed a couple of horses along the way. It's funny how I've seen so few horses along the trail. Finally I reached the split of the PCT and the McLoughlin Peak Trail. I had a little more than two hours of light left, so I decided I could still run up the 3.5 mile trail and make it back before dark.
I stashed my pack, chugged a bunch of water, and started running up the trail with only my camera. I figured I would give myself an hour and fifteen minutes to peak. Wherever I was at that point, even if I hadn't peaked yet, I would turn around. Early on, I passed by two older guys that essentially told me there was no way I was going to make it. It was on! Now I had to make it just to prove them wrong!
As it became closer to seven (my time limit), it became clear that I wasn't going to make it to the top by then, so I naturally decided that it would be okay to go to 7:15. That was it, though. No matter where I was, that was the last possible minute I would turn around. Well, I was so close to the top by 7:15, I just had to finish the climb, so I went until 7:20 to peak. Many seem to think that experienced outdoors people make smarter decisions out in the wild. I don't think that's true at all. I think we just figure out a way to survive more of our stupid ones.
The sun was low in the west by the time I finally peaked. Mt. Shasta, Brown Mountain, and Fish Lake all lie to the south; Fourmile and Upper Klamath Lakes to the east; and Thielsen to the north. It was cool to see so many landmarks to the north and south along the trail.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Pacific Crest Trail 2003|
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