Ascent of Pyramid Mountain on 2008-07-20

Climber: Ian Curran

Others in Party:Ewen Clark
Robert Ritter
Date:Sunday, July 20, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pyramid Mountain
    Elevation:2763 m / 9065 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Day Trip up Pyramid Mountain from the parking lot at Pyramid Lake and the start of the fire road. Ran in the 12 km to the end of the fire road since my buddy had a broken hand and couldn't ride a bike. Run took two hours.

Ascended standard North East Ridge Route (easy scramble). Quick up past first bench, lunch, then slower progress over car sized boulders for the last 1 km to summit. Met cool dude that hit the summit 30 mins after us who decided to join our party since he was solo.

Decided to descend South West ridge to col then travers south face 300m below peak across 30+ degree fist-sized rock scree funneling down a gully. Crossed gully safely to meet with three ribs with short stretches of very shitty shallow limestone scree over solidish rotten limestone above some 300 m cliff exposure. Pretty simple, just don't say to your buddy "any fall here would be fatal" as it might freeze them in place for a while and hold up progress a litte. Met up with South East Skyline Ridge descended to top of southern bench. Decided to drop down to the lake for a swim. Make sure to stay right if you do this (away from peak) as you'll encounter a solid rock back of serious 4th class terrain if you stay left or in the middle. Ended up not swimming. Would probably continue along bench route next time. Beatiful terrain all the way from the peak down to the lake. Quickly rejoined the fireroad and ran out.

Total distance 28 km with a 1800 m elevation gain. Got back to the cars for a swim in Pyramid lake between 7 and 8pm.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1713 m / 5620 ft
    Route:North East Ridge
    Trailhead:Pyramid Lake  1050 m / 3445 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear

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