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Ascent of Mount Emerson on 2018-07-30

Climber: John Sheehe

Others in Party:Jason Pair -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, July 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Emerson
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13204 ft / 4024 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a trip report of an ascent via the SE Face/descent via South. Leaving the North Lake Campground at 4:30a we made our way up the trail to the rock field leading to the waterfall route. The weather was quite enjoyable with only a small hint of the Ferguson fire still raging to the north. We roped up two cracks and then proceeded to scramble the boulder/rock field taking our time as we gained our breath and confidence on severally successive exposed areas. A knife ridge closer to the summit was, for me, the most "interesting" part of the ascent. We straddled the 10-15 ft ridge and then located footholds/handholds that relieved us of the pressure down below. After that it was a slow and steady scramble to the top. The summit registry was located and in good condition. We signed it, enjoyed the view a bit longer and then descended the south slope following footprints and staying mostly to the left as advised in several trip reports. A small bit of rain came in during the descent but nothing significant. We reached the trail by Loch Leven and followed it to the trailhead arriving at 4:45p.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy



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