Ascent of Table Mountain on 2009-09-01

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Bob Wyka----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Mountain
    Elevation:13632 ft / 4155 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had attempted this peak in 1994, but did not make it due to inadequate beta on the route. This time I came prepared with 8 trip write ups from the Sierra Peaks Section newsletter plus info from the guidebook. Bob and I left our camp at the Kern River and made our way into upper Milestone Basin to an un-named lake located south and a little east of Table at 3620 meters in elevation. We studied the route descriptions that we had, which basically said the same thing: the entry to the ledge system is the crux of the entire climb. We left the lake and climbed up a loose scree and sand filled chute located under a V notch until progress was blocked, then made a right turn and traversed over and then down onto a ledge system, encountering one awkward and hard third class move along the way. Bob and I followed the path of least resistance, generally moving up and down along the ledge system until we came to a broad chute just in front of an arête. We climbed up the left side of the chute, went through a keyhole, then made our way up to the southeast end of the broad summit plateau to the high point, which was marked by a six foot or so high cairn. The route along the ledges is class 2 and easy class 3 and class 1 on the summit plateau. We left the top, made our way back down our assent route, dropped down to about 3800 meters in elevation, then contoured over to Midway’s east ridge. The class 1-2 route was slow, but went very well. Bob and I made our way up the east ridge to the top of Midway, then made our way down into Milestone Basin and back to camp.

Trip stats include an ascent of Midway Mountain. Please see my trip report for Milestone Mountain for additional trip details.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4630 ft / 1411 m
    Elevation Loss:4630 ft / 1411 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3130 ft / 954 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Southeast side
    Trailhead:Kern River  10502 ft / 3201 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4630 ft / 1411 m
    Extra Gain:1500 ft / 457 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Southeast side
    Trailhead:Kern River  10502 ft / 3201 m

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