Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 2018-10-07

Climber: Megan Birdsill

Others in Party:WTC Experience Trip
Co-led with Saveria Tilden & Geoff Mohan
Date:Sunday, October 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pyramid Peak
    Elevation:6703 ft / 2043 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had another destination scouted & planned for almost a year. And within an hour of leaving home, my co-leader discovered the road is closed for flash-flood damage earlier that week, not an uncommon occurrence in Death Valley. So with a few phone calls, the DPS guide, and advice from fellow climbers on this website (special thanks to Sandy Lara & William Chen), we quickly changed our destination & plan from Last Chance Mtn to this one.

We asked a lot of our participants - to add 2 gallons of water to their packs (we camped over night), and then to tackle this much steeper, more challenging, rockier terrain filled with cactus. And everyone rose to the occasion with an adventurous spirit and a great attitude. I was and am very grateful, and proud.

We followed DPS Route A up and a different route down - the east ridge. More on that later.
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Summit of Pyramid Pk (2018-10-07). Photo by Megan Birdsill.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3703 ft / 1128 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Clear and windy during the day, Some rain overnight.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3703 ft / 1128 m
    Start Trailhead:3000 ft / 914 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Megan Birdsill
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