Ascent of Anderson Peak on 2019-01-26

Climber: Yao-Min Chen

Others in Party:Powen Ru
Date:Saturday, January 26, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Anderson Peak
    Elevation:8417 ft / 2565 m

Ascent Trip Report

Plan and execution diverged quite a bit due to the dynamic weather and snow conditions. The original plan was to follow roughly Rafee Memon's 2018-07-14 GPX track, starting out at the Donner Peak trail head, taking PCT to the saddle between Anderson Peak and Tinker Knob, and bagging the two peaks. However, the parking lot for the Donner Peak Trailhead was not plowed so we parked at the Summit Haus parking lot. With deep and fresh snow, there was also no clearly defined PCT trail so we alternated between taking the ridge (for easier orientation) and following the cross-country ski trails. We started the hike shortly before 8am and reached Mount Judah at 9:40am, roughly according to schedule. From Mount Judah to the saddle point below Mount Lincoln, where the PCT passes, the navigation was also quite straightforward. The route finding from there to the base of Mount Anderson became more challenging as we approached Mount Anderson and the wind turned much stronger as well, sometimes reaching 30 mph. At 1:30pm, due to the insufficient daylight for us to return to the trail head and the worsening weather condition we gave up the attempt to summit and tuned around and took a break at John Benson Ski Hut. On the way back we decided to pick up Mount Lincoln to make up for the missed summits. When we got to the base of Mount Lincoln at 4pm, the Sugar Bowl ski lifts had been shut down for the day so after summitting Mount Lincoln we took a direct route, crisscrossing the ski area to the Sugar Bowl parking area.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Yao-Min Chen
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