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Ascent of Mount Hawkins on 2019-01-04

Climber: Scott Sharaga

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Hawkins
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8850 ft / 2697 m

Ascent Trip Report

Temperature was in the 40s at Dawson Saddle. The trail was mostly hard-packed snow with some pretty slick sections, especially as the trail climbs the NE slope of Throop Peak and along the PCT between Throop and Hawkins. Views from the summit were superb in all directions.

This was my second snow hike and I learned how dangerous the mountains can be. Took my glove off to take a picture and it slid ~75 ft down the slope below the PCT near Hawkins. I went after it but ended up losing control of my slow slide and crashed into a tree. I hit feet first and then my head; luckily nothing broken, only some bruises. I retrieved my glove and had to climb up the slope, slowly making indentations in the hardened snowpack. I'm used to running up hills but the slope was so slick that I had no traction. Had to calculate every placement of my hands and feet while climbing slowly back up to the PCT, digging small foot/handholds. A miscalculation could have caused me to slide further down the slope into harm's way. I feel so stupid for going after the glove.

My mistakes:
-going after the glove
-hiking solo in the snow
-not having crampons or an ice axe

Even though I often hike solo, I always tell someone exactly where I will be. Plus, I rarely bag peaks in the snow.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:949 ft / 289 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Dawson Saddle Tr, PCT
    Trailhead:Dawson Saddle  7901 ft / 2408 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear



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