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Ascent of Split Mountain on 2014-05-03

Climber: Tomoko Nakajima

Date:Saturday, May 3, 2014
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

I left bay area at 5pm after work and arrived at the campsite near Bishop around 1am on Sat midnight and car-camped. On Sat morning, stopped by White Mtn Ranger Station in Bishop to pick up overnight permit and rent bear canister because ranger told we need to have bear canister.
The driving to the TH is really rough and challenging and it took an hour from paved road. This made me to start hiking at 10am on Sat. I thought it's easy hike to Red Lake from TH which is about 4000 ft elevation gain. But actually, trail is sandy and rocky. Extra effort needed to constantly go up hills. I think I arrived at Red Lake around 2pm which is around 10400 ft elevation. So it took 6 hours which I wasn't expected. Also, it took for a while to find out tent site. It's located at Lake's South side on the sands. After passing sun set, very strong wind started.(8pm-ish) We tried to make stone blocks around tent to prevent coming winds. But it of course doesn't work perfectly. Moreover, strong winds brought sands into the tent. The sleeping bag and pad, everything is covered by sands. I had my backpack in the vestibule but it was also covered by sand. On Sunday morning, I woke up 4am and started ascent at 5am. I started to put on crampon somewhere 11K ft elevation. At steep slope, I started to use axe around 12k ft elevation. I didn't feel perfect and felt like altitude sickness a bit over 12K ft. I was a bit hungry but had a vomiting feeling and I didn't eat anything until I come back to the base camp at Red Lake at 2:30pm. It took 9 hours to ascent and descent between base camp to the summit. Then, wrapped up sleeping bag, pad, tent, stove etc. everything and started to hike out at 3:30pm. Came back to the TH parking lot at 6:30pm. In total, I hiked 12 hours on Sunday.

This mountain is really more challenging than Mt Whitney....
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7406 ft / 2257 m
    Route:via Red Lake
    Trailhead:Red Lake Trailhead  6652 ft / 2027 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Very Windy, Clear
Very Windy on camping night and summit day (next day)
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:11 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:7 Hours 



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