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Ascent to Corte Madera Mountain-saddle south west of peak on 2006-03-11

Climber: Larry Edmonds

Others in Party:John Strauch and Terry Flood. Keith Sobarnia had arrived late and cought up with us at the saddle.
Date:Saturday, March 11, 2006
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Corte Madera Mountain - saddle south west of peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Remaining Elevation:657 ft / 200 m (4% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

As in February the plan was to take Espinoza trail from Japatul Valley road and climb the peak from the south-west saddle. It was snowing lightly as we left the trailhead. As we climbed the snow fall was increasing as well as the snow on the ground. As we were climbing towards the south-west saddle John slipped and badly twisted his knee. When we reached the saddle the snow was still comming down, there was about six inches on the ground and very little visibility at all. We decided that in those conditions without crampons we had better turn arround.

On the drive back to the 8 as I rounded the corner there was Keith in his bronco pointing backwards up at me from a ditch along the road. With help from other drivers we were able to push him up out of the ditch and then I escorted him around the other way thru Alpine to the freeway.
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