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Ascent of Polychrome Peak on 2014-08-23

Climber: Phillip Katzmann

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Polychrome Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13018 ft / 3967 m

Ascent Trip Report

Straightforward ascent using the south east ridge. Clamored up Shepard Pass, set up camp, and laid around for several hours studying Tyndall and other surrounding peaks. Then set off up and over the south ridge above the lake. Easy climb with beautiful views to the west toward Kern Divide. The top reminded of so many desert peaks in Riverside and San Diego county. Did locate the register, yet no matter. Good wake up for Tyndall the following morning.
Descended the north west ridge back to camp.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:928 ft / 282 m
    Elevation Loss:928 ft / 282 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2/3
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect weather window. Not a cloud in the sky as far as the eye could see
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:928 ft / 282 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Southeast ridge
    Trailhead:Shepard Pass Camp by lake 3661  12090 ft / 3685 m
    Time Up:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:928 ft / 282 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Northwest ridge
    Trailhead:Shepard Pass Camp by lake 3661  12090 ft / 3685 m
    Time Down:40 Minutes



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