Ascent of Mount Lyell on 2018-08-25

Climber: Lou Hibbard

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Lyell
    Elevation:13114 ft / 3997 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dayhiked this in great weather. Because of a delayed flight and very bad traffic only got three hours sleep - that was on top of a low sleep week. Almost felt like sleepwalking - had trouble staying awake even while walking until it got light. Left at 2AM.
Because I had old pictures with snow on them and there was no snow on the correct approach I made a mistake in route finding. Got sucked into high left of the big buttress. Even a little mixed climbing to peek over the notch. Fixed my mistake but lost a couple of hours. I generally don't follow previous GPS tracks to add to the adventure and this time I paid for it.
Climb itself felt casual compared to my off route meandering. Casual but fun. Did the East Ridge up - NW ridge down. Got back to the trail at dusk. Took a nap and headed down- I had a lot of work to do on Monday.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6067 ft / 1849 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6067 ft / 1848 m
    Round-Trip Distance:30 mi / 48.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6067 ft / 1849 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4431 ft / 1351 m; Extra: 1636 ft / 498m
    Loss on way in:1636 ft / 498 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.8 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Tuolumne Meadows trailhead  8683 ft / 2646 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4431 ft / 1350 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:Northwest Ridge
    End Trailhead:Tuolumne Meadows trailhead  8683 ft / 2646 m

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