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Ascent of Mount Conness on 2011-10-28

Climber: Brad Boester

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Conness
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12590 ft / 3837 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at Saddlebag Lake Trailhead. Fairly easy to folow trail from Carnegie Inst Bldg heading in a westerly direction to head of drainage below White/Conness ridgeline. Trail is marked with intermittent cairns above 10,200ft. If you lose the trail just head west/southwest keeping the main creek to the south of you. It is open area and moderate slopes up to the snowfield at 10,700ft. I used crampons and ski poles to ascend the snow chute to the low point on the White/Conness saddle. The chute had some icey spots and I needed to kick steps the last 200 ft. I would not have attempted the chute without crampons. From the saddle follow a climbers trail for about 1.25 miles just below the ridgeline to the 12300ft point. Here is where the final climb on the summit block starts. It is mostly class II with a couple exposed class III traverses that arent too bad if rock is dry. Alot of handholds to help the ascent. Route is 95% class I. Ascent quality a 5 due to steep snow chute.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3100 ft / 944 m
    Elevation Loss:3100 ft / 944 m
    Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Grade/Class:III
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2750 ft / 838 m
    Extra Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:East side/South Ridge
    Trailhead:Saddlebag Lake Trailhead  10140 ft / 3090 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2800 ft / 853 m
    Extra Gain:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:East side/South Ridge
    Trailhead:Saddlebag Lake Trailhead  10140 ft / 3090 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 



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