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Ascent of Mammoth Peak on 2016-08-06

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Date:Saturday, August 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mammoth Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12106 ft / 3689 m

Ascent Trip Report

With the 2016 Sierra Challenge. 31 hikers made the 6am start. Great fun meeting up with folks all day along the route.

Jim, Don and I descended on the west side of Mammoth's NNE ridge, which featured lots of precariously-perched boulders, some the size of refrigerators, along with granite slabs that kept cliffing out. The crux involved dropping into a wet, narrow slot and tunneling under a chockstone. Before deciding on the dicey tunnel move -- which saved us from having to climb 30 feet back up a two-way sloping ledge with tons of exposure -- Jim asked me about my waist size. I lied a little and answered "36" but, with his help, was able to squeeze through the tight spot anyway.

Most of the other participants came down the east slope toward Kuna Lake, which turned out to be a much better choice. In retrospect, we got "bobbed" by following Bob's suggested route, a rookie mistake that could have been avoided if only we had read his 2011 trip report.

Including Kuna Crest South and North, 14 miles; 4,200 feet gain. 12h45.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob McLaughlin
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