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Ascent of Split Mountain on 2013-08-13

Climber: James Morehouse

Others in Party:BLMhikergirl Pipps
Date:Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Split Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14058 ft / 4284 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started out at 5:25 a.m. from the trail head wearing head lamps, but quickly took them off. My climbing partner was having some difficulty by 8500' or so, so we agreed to keep in radio contact each hour. At nine a.m. I was nearly to the lower lake at 10,100' or so. An hour later I was at 11,240' and above the higher lake and the lower portion of the moraine. She was just below the first lake by this time. We agreed to check in again in two hours. I thought I might be on the summit by then, but because of the difficulty of passing through the upper moraine and the steep, loose class 3 chute to the summit ridge, I was still about 600' shy of the summit, which I reached at 12:30. Radio contact at the summit was good. The views were the best yet I've seen, with the seemingly endless peaks of the Sierras to the north, west, and south, and the White and Inyo ranges to the east, and the Owens Valley. Up near Bishop the air was still pretty murky from a fire that was burning west of Mammoth. The register box was full to over flowing, and the wing nut that held it together was damaged such that the box couldn't be secured shut without using a large rock. I started down a little after one and was back to the lake about three. There was some confusion about where I was to meet up again with my partner, but the radios were sketchy because of distance and, I believe, the mountain itself, so I missed part of the last transmission, which was that she was going to start back down. I lost close to an hour searching around the upper lake and was giving up when a few back packers were coming around the bend and said she was about two hours ahead of me down the trail. Down I went from there, regretting not bringing my water filter, as I killed the last of my 3 liters of water as I passed below the lower lake. It was a dry last four miles! I made it back to camp around seven, having left the upper lake some time after four (the time down doesn't reflect the time spent looking around the for my partner!). BTW, the best directions for the road in (use a HC, or better, 4x4) are found here:http://www.climber.org/DrivingDirections/redlake.html
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:8170 ft / 2489 m
    Elevation Loss:8170 ft / 2489 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2 and 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:7788 ft / 2373 m
    Extra Loss:382 ft / 116 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Red Lake trail, north face slope from the east.
    Trailhead:Red Lake TH  6652 ft / 2027 m
    Time Up:7 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:7788 ft / 2373 m
    Extra Gain:382 ft / 116 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Same as ascent
    Trailhead:Red Lake TH  6652 ft / 2027 m
    Time Down:5 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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