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Ascent of Mount Newcomb on 2011-08-07

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Others in Party:Corrine Livingston
Date:Sunday, August 7, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Newcomb
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13422 ft / 4091 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following our ascent of Mt. Hitchcock, we dropped down into Crabtree Canyon, hiked over some tedious ups and downs around the north side of the largest Crabtree Lake, then started up the west chute of Mt. Newcomb. We had no information on this route, but it looked like it would go. Secor's Guidebook does not mention this route. He does say there's a class 2 route to the low saddle between Mt. Newcomb and Mt. Chamberlin, but it looked more like class 4-5 to us. Our other possible choice was a col west of Mt. Chamberlin, but we found this col was blocked by a massive snow cornice.

The west chute worked! It was steep class 2 with the usual loose scree. Very loose in spots. We stuck to the more solid rock on the left edge of the chute, which made for some fun climbing much of the way. The chute ends on the sloping summit plateau of Mt. Newcomb, less than a quarter mile from the summit. An easy scramble to the top from here.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Route Conditions:
Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Route:West Chute
    Trailhead:Crabtree Meadow  10922 ft / 3329 m
Descent Statistics



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