Ascent of Mount Winchell on 1947-08-13
|Others in Party:||Ian Mackinlay|
Cricket (Ann) Strong
John Irwin----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, August 13, 1947|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||13775 ft / 4198 m|
Ascent Trip ReportNine of us left the Sierra Club Base Camp at Fifth Lake (10,787') at 8:30A heading for Sam Mack Lake (11,793'). From here we first followed the route we had taken up Agassiz Needle on August 6, then turned SE at the base of the Winchell Glacier and climbed a steep chimney to the base of Mt. Winchell's eastern arete. Although the rocks here were fairly exposed, they were sound and made for easy climbing. We were on top in three hours after leaving camp. The mood on top quickly became celebratory when Ian revealed that today was his 21st birthday. The return to camp would have been uneventful had we not been overtaken by an early afternoon thundershower, causing us to huddle a while under some large overhanging rocks just below Sam Mack Lake. Once the rain abated, we were soon back in camp for a rousing game of Hearts before dinner.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2988 ft / 911 m|
| Trailhead:||Fifth Lake 10787 ft / 3287 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 4|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Rock Climb|
| Weather:||Good in the morning; thundershowers in afternoon|
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
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