Ascent of Mount Inyo on 2013-07-05

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Inyo
    Elevation:10975 ft / 3345 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the third (and Keynot the fourth on the same climb) of four over a three day trip to the Inyos. After climbing White, and then Waucoba, I drove down to Lone Pine and out to the TH for Inyo/Keynot and spent the night. Up before five a.m., I was on the trail (?) to Inyo first. It started out steep and rocky. When the wash narrowed down to nearly a slot, I started up the steep, talus choked use trail to the first saddle at approximately 9200', gaining 4000+ vertical feet in a few miles. From there the grade eased some, passing a traditional dry camp called Bedsprings (there really are some bed springs there) until the main saddle between the two peaks at 10,180'. I turned left, climbed a steep bump only to have to lose about 200' to the next saddle. Up a steep, boulder strewn ridge and avoiding two false summits, I finally made the summit block of Inyo and began a class 2 - low class 3 scramble to the summit. The views were outstanding, bringing in both the Sierras and Death Valley. I then retraced my steps back to the main saddle and began the ascent towards Keynot. It started out benign, but about a few tenths of a mile before the summit there were some "obstacles". Apparently there is an easy by pass, but I missed it and went over the top of these "obstacles", bringing my climbing to a series of class 3 (and some low class 4) climbing. Again, the summit views were great, and saw many notable signatures in the log. Upon returning, I avoided my earlier adventures and found the easier route around the "obstacles". You may note a straight section of track on my descent. I was able to surf the scree here, which helped speed up the descent. I was pretty well shot by the time I got down, after descending for over 6000'. My feet ached, believe me! This was not a trivial outing for an old guy! (The distances and elevation gain are for both peaks combined)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7299 ft / 2225 m
    Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2 and 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:7299 ft / 2225 m
    Extra Loss:1524 ft / 464 m
    Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Trailhead:Union Wash  5200 ft / 1584 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Trailhead:Union Wash  
Ascent Part of Trip: Inyo-Keynot

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Inyo2013-07-05
2Keynot Peak2013-07-05
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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