Ascent of Caltech Peak on 2010-07-31

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:John Fisanotti
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Caltech Peak
    Elevation:13832 ft / 4215 m

Ascent Trip Report

On day one, John and I backpacked from Onion Valley over Kearsarge Pass down to the John Muir Trail, turned south, and continued up to the junction of the Center Lakes Basin trail and the Muir trail, where we set up camp. The next day, we started hiking at 7:35 a.m. for Caltech Peak. We headed south on the Muir Trail, arriving at 13,200’ high Forester Pass at 11:00. After a short break, we descended to the base of the pass on the trail, then made our way over to Lake 3,800 meters. John and I passed this lake and the next lake (3,820 meters) on their north sides, then followed the inlet stream of the second lake to a bench just below the upper or third lake. From the bench, we made our way up to the east ridge of the peak. Next, we climbed up the east ridge and, at about 4100 meters in elevation, dropped down onto the south side of the ridge. We then made our way to the top, staying about 100' below the ridge, reaching the summit at 2:10. Even though Secor’s guidebook says that the route is class 3, we did not encounter anything harder than class 2. After signing the register, we descended the peak via our accent route back to the Muir Trail. John and I continued up the trail over Forester Pass and down the other side, then to our campsite, arriving at 8:00 p.m. just before dark. On day three, we hiked out to the truck.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:8790 ft / 2678 m
    Elevation Loss:8790 ft / 2678 m
    Distance:36 mi / 57.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:6750 ft / 2057 m
    Extra Loss:2100 ft / 640 m
    Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Route:East ridge
    Trailhead:Onion Valley/JMT  9182 ft / 2798 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:6690 ft / 2038 m
    Extra Gain:2040 ft / 621 m
    Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Route:East ridge
    Trailhead:Onion Valley/JMT  9182 ft / 2798 m

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