Ascent of Milestone Mountain on 2009-08-31

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Bob Wyka
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 31, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Milestone Mountain
    Elevation:13638 ft / 4156 m

Ascent Trip Report

I needed Table Mountain, and Bob needed Table, Midway and Milestone. The only way Bob was going to do this trip is if I agreed to do all three peaks, so our trip itinerary was set. We backpacked over Shepherd Pass and down to the Kern River, which took 1-1/2 days. After making camp on day two, we started up Milestone Creek. At about 3,380 meters, Bob and I took the right or north hand branch of Milestone Creek and made our way toward and into the bowl just east of Milestone Mountain. From the top of the bowl, we worked our way up alongside the base of the summit tower, then up a third class chute to the notch just north of the mountain. The chockstone variation of this route mentioned in the guide book did not appear to go easily, so we dropped down about 100’ or so onto the west side of the peak, made our way south around a buttress, then climbed up the easy class 3 west face and ridge to the summit. Afterward, we down climbed the mountain back to the notch, descended from the notch to the bowl, then followed our accent route back to camp, arriving before dark. The next day, we dayhiked both Table and Midway, returning to camp after dark. On the fourth day, we backpacked to the vehicle at the Shepherd Pass trailhead.

Please see my 09/01/2009 Table Mountain and Midway Mountain trip reports for additional trip info and stats.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:11340 ft / 3455 m
    Elevation Loss:11340 ft / 3455 m
    Distance:42 mi / 67.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:9340 ft / 2846 m
    Extra Loss:2000 ft / 609 m
    Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Route:East side from Milestone Creek
    Trailhead:Shepherd Pass trailhead  6298 ft / 1919 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:9340 ft / 2846 m
    Extra Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
    Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Route:East side to Milestone Creek
    Trailhead:Shepherd Pass trailhead  6298 ft / 1919 m

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