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Ascent of Mount Tyndall on 2013-08-30

Climber: Rich Stephens

Others in Party:Austin Hubbuch
Date:Friday, August 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Tyndall
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14019 ft / 4272 m

Ascent Trip Report

The plan for this trip was to summit both Tyndall and Williamson as a two day trip and spend one night on the mountain. Austin had the permits for Mt. Williamson so off we went.

We slept at the upper Shepherd’s Pass TH Thursday night. Had we taken my low clearance Jetta, we would have been forced to park at the lower TH that appears to be about 600 hundred feet lower and approx. 1.5 miles longer each way. The road to the upper Shepherd's Pass TH is iffy in some places with rocks and deep ruts but it didn't prove any match for Austin's Land Cruiser tank. Despite the road conditions, we still managed to see some low clearance vehicles parked up there.

The next morning, we left the TH at 0530 to make our way up to Shepherd's Pass and on to Tyndall. The trail starts out along the Symmes Creek and then heads upward into switchbacks (Austin said 53 of them) where it makes its way up and over a saddle and then drops down (yes, you lose elevation) close to Shepherd’s Creek. The first water crossing we came to was a drainage where we filtered water. If you don’t fill up here, the next good place to fill up is several miles up so you need to plan accordingly. On the way back down in this very same spot, this drainage was actually running very silty from a recent storm so we chose not to filter even though I was running low on water.

About 7 hours into the ascent, we eventually made it up and over Shepherd’s Pass and we starting looking for a place to park the tent. Our plan from the start was to camp somewhere around Shepherd’s Pass and close to the base of Tyndall. I was hoping we could camp next to a running stream coming off of Tyndall so we searched a bit and found nothing convenient. We camped close to the base of Tyndall and close to the ascent route in an area that was flat and ideal and next to large boulders that provided some protection in case of wind. To obtain water, we actually hiked Tyndall first and then once back at camp, we dropped down a few hundred feet to a lake named 12182 that provided fresh water. Having to drop down a few hundred feet, filter water, and then hike back to camp was irritating after climbing/hiking over 8000 ft of vertical elevation that day. If we had to do this trip over again, we likely would have camped very close to Shepherd’s Pass and filtered water from nearby lake 12011. We also could have saved some effort of packing our gear the extra distance to the base of Tyndall.

The Tyndall climb was straight forward and we followed faint use trails up the north side. Cairns mark part of the way up but the route was pretty obvious without them. We made our way up to the ridge and then from there headed east to the summit. Despite the low clouds and threatening rain, a clear window opened up for us while we climbed. From the summit, views in every direction were awesome and we had a clear view of Williamson where we started to eye the route for our next day’s summit attempt.

The climb to Mt. Williamson is found in my other trip report.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:8461 ft / 2578 m
    Elevation Loss:2239 ft / 681 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Threatening rain constantly
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:8461 ft / 2578 m
    Extra Loss:750 ft / 228 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Shepherd's Pass/North ridge
    Trailhead:Shepherd's Pass TH  6308 ft / 1922 m
    Time Up:9 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1489 ft / 453 m
    Trailhead:Base Camp  12530 ft / 3819 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Tyndall-Williamson (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Tyndall2013-08-30
2Mount Williamson2013-08-31



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