Ascent of Jeff Davis Peak on 1995-09-17

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:Alan Cooke
Jim Bily
John Besbekos
Bob Buckles
and Oscar Balaguer
Date:Sunday, September 17, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jeff Davis Peak
    Elevation:9065 ft / 2763 m

Ascent Trip Report

I led this as a Sierra Club hike. It was 1 hour climb up to base of peak from a mile south of the saddle on Blue Lakes Road, then cross-country to peak. We went around the peak once, after trying to get up the wrong way, the northeast side, finding only a class 5.6 offwidth crack. I led the first pitch up the usual route, placing 2 or 3 hexes, in addition to using the piton/whatever about 30 feet up. I belayed others up from a good solid boulder 80-100 feet up at the bottom of a tunnel going up to a shelf. Alan Cooke and Jim Bily found a way to get into a squeeze crack to get to some class 2 about 30 feet above the shelf, leading to the summit plateau. It took several hours to complete the climb, with John Besbekos, Bob Buckles, and Oscar Balaguer making the top, while Marily Schmucki, Sandy Hoover, and John Watters (altitude sick) didn't try the climb. We rappeled down the same way we went up in two rappels, the last using a double rope.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:965 ft / 294 m
    Elevation Loss:965 ft / 294 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:965 ft / 294 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:direct from Blue Lakes Road
    Trailhead:7 mi S of 88 on Blue Lakes Rd  8200 ft / 2499 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:865 ft / 264 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:7 mi S of 88 on Blue Lakes Rd  8200 ft / 2499 m

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