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Ascent of Polychrome Peak on 2017-09-20

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:James Morehouse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Polychrome Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13018 ft / 3967 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jim Morehouse and I met in Lone Pine at the Inter-Agency Visitor Center at 1:15 to pick up our permit, drove over to the Shepherd Pass trailhead, got ready, then started backpacking up the trail at about 3:00. We arrived at our planned campsite at Symmes Saddle around 5:45, which is a nice place to camp, and even has 4G Verizon internet and cell service; however, we had to haul up enough water for dinner and breakfast.

The next day, Jim and I backpacked up to Anvil camp, set up camp, then day hiked up the trail to Shepherd Pass, arriving at about 12:45 p.m. After a break, we made our way up class 1 slopes to the peak, arriving at about 2:10 in the afternoon. In our estimation, the high point is the class 2 summit rocks located on the northeast side of the summit plateau. Also, we had our eyes on other peaks, Jim Tyndall West and me Tawny Point, but we both realized that we did not have enough time to climb an additional peak, plus the wind had really started to blow. Therefore, Jim and I signed and left a new summit register, then made our way back to Anvil Camp, arriving about 5:15.

On the third day, we awoke to snow flurries, so we quickly packed up our gear and made a hasty retreat to the trailhead, arriving about noon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8800 ft / 2681 m
    Extra Gain:1030 ft / 313 m
    Round-Trip Distance:23.2 mi / 37.3 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Trailhead:Shepherd Pass trailhead  6278 ft / 1913 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1/2
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Gerlach
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