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Ascent of Mount Winchell on 1947-08-13

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Ian Mackinlay
Cricket (Ann) Strong
Jack Graham
Jim Koontz
Viv&Doug Douglas
Fritz Gerstacker
John Irwin----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 13, 1947
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Winchell
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13775 ft / 4198 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nine 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 



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