Ascent of Olancha Peak on 2011-06-11

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Leo Dekelbaum
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Olancha Peak
    Elevation:12123 ft / 3695 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is truly a killer hike- while the trail portion is difficult enough, after over 10 miles, the last little over half a mile is a grueling steep rock slope with no trail that gains over 1500'.

We were fortunate in that the snow had just cleared enough where there were only small patches on the trail.

There was supposedly a shortcut that went up to Bear Trap Meadow, saving some distance and some extra elevation, but we were not able to find it either ascending or descending.

Another challenge is the temperature differential - you can bake on the early part of the trail and freeze on the upper part.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6783 ft / 2066 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6783 ft / 2067 m
    Round-Trip Distance:21.7 mi / 34.9 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6583 ft / 2006 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6283 ft / 1915 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:10.9 mi / 17.5 km
    Route:PCT to southwest face
    Start Trailhead:Sage Flat  5840 ft / 1780 m
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6483 ft / 1976 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 6283 ft / 1915 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Route:PCT to southwest face
    End Trailhead:Sage Flat  5840 ft / 1780 m
    Time:5 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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