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Ascent of Mount Morrison on 2013-07-25

Climber: Christopher Wessels

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Morrison
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12270 ft / 3739 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Secor's variation approach--viz., the hanging valley north of Mount Morrison from the inlet side of Convict Lake. I did not particularly enjoy this route, and if it weren't for the obvious beauty and prominence of this peak, I probably wouldn't recommend it. The approach up to the hanging valley from Convict Lake was pretty exhausting. Also, after the saddle between Little Morrison and Morrison, I headed too far south before attempting to ascend the East Face and missed the standard line. This was a mistake. The rock here was extremely loose, and the runout behind me involved big drops over the steep side of aretes and/or cliffs. I was so glad after I finally made the summit to see an obvious use trail below it. This was the standard route I missed on the way up, and I followed it back to the saddle. This route was far less stressful. Descended the standard way through the hanging valley that is east of Peak 3321 m.
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Red Slate from the summit of Mount Morrison (2013-07-25). Photo by Christopher Wessels.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4420 ft / 1347 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4420 ft / 1347 m
    Grade/Class:Dangerously loose cl
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4420 ft / 1347 m
    Route:East Slope Variation
    Start Trailhead:Convict Lake  7850 ft / 2392 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4420 ft / 1347 m
    End Trailhead:Convict Lake  7850 ft / 2392 m



Other Photos

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The dreadful and spectacular north face of Mount Morrison, towering over Convict Lake (2013-07-25). Photo by Christopher Wessels.
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