Ascent of Morey Peak on 2011-07-17

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Mountain Man Henry The
Tim Newman
Date:Sunday, July 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Morey Peak
    Elevation:10246 ft / 3122 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a very challenging ascent for the relatively short distance and moderate elevation gain. Much of the difficulty was route-finding given steep terrain with poor visibility (due to plants or intervening rocks).

The route starts out easily enough, following an old Jeep trail which is now just an unmaintained trail. From there we planned on staying to the north of what some call Hot Creek North Peak, but got to a point where it was easier to ascend to its ridge than to continue on its side so we actually went through it (we may have tagged the summit later, after a subsequent pass, but given the uncertainty and small prominence did not count it). We had hoped the ridgeline would be traversable, but it wasn't, so we dropped down about 100' on the south side of it to some unpleasant bushwhacking until we reached the main pass in the ridge. From there Morey Peak was a walk in the park.

For the descent we tried taking the main canyon north of Morey. It started out nice, but got very steep quickly. Fortunately we were able to get in some nice scree-glissades to speed the descent (wouldn't want to ascend that way) before it got less steep. Around 9200' the canyon fractured as it went down and the first chute we tried had an exposed 40' class 4 down-climb. So we backed up and went further north finding a wash that led us all the way down. Virtually all of the 100' of extra gain on the way down was all due to route-finding.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2866 ft / 872 m
    Elevation Loss:2866 ft / 872 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2766 ft / 842 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:via peak 0.2 miles SSW of peak
    Trailhead:S. Sixmile Cyn @ 7680'  7680 ft / 2340 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2666 ft / 812 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:via pass 0.1 mile NE of peak
    Trailhead:S. Sixmile Cyn @ 7680'  7680 ft / 2340 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2011 Morey Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Morey Peak2011-07-17
2Morey Peak-North Peak2011-07-17
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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