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Ascent of Pk 10597 on 2019-07-28

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Gina Cogswell
Enrique Martinez
Nina Horwich
Cal Kelly
Stephen McDonnell
Michael Gonzales
Jon Austin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pk 10597
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10597 ft / 3229 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Stephen McDonnell

This trip was a three-day backpack organized to provide WTC students with an Experience Trip to help them graduate from the 2019 course. We started out on Saturday from the Rush Creek trailhead at Silver Lake and packed in to Thousand Island Lake where we made camp. The original intent was to summit Mount Davis, but there was still too much snow along the route to Davis to safely do it (as an I-rated Sierra Club trip). Instead we climbed three peaks (two to the summit) located along the NE edge of the Thousand Island Lake basin to let the students get some cross country experience and to get up on top of something while we were there. First we left our camp and got onto the John Muir Trail, which we followed SE for a bit beyond Ruby Lake and then headed cross country towards the summit of Pk 10351 (marked 3155-T on the topo map). We weren't able to summit this one though because snow covered all the visible non-Class 3 or higher routes, so we relaxed on the summit plateau for a bit instead. From here we traveled SW to cross the JMT and then traveled west to ascend the hill there; then down and up the high point of that area to Pk 10374 (3162-T on the topo). From Pk 10374 we descended its NW ridge to intersect the JMT again at 1000 Island Lake. From here we traveled NW for a bit on the JMT until veering off trail at about 3,050 m and ascending a southern ridge system of Pk 10597 (3230-T on the topo) up to its western ridge, from here we turned NE and moved on up to the summit. On the return we descended off Pk 10597 to a pretty dominant, rocky and relatively vegetation free NW-SE trending ridgeline. We followed this ridgeline back to our camp. The next morning (Mon) we packed up and out the same way we came in.

Absolutely beautiful out there, but the mosquitos were thick. It was kind of hot and a little humid; afternoon thunderclouds but no thunderstorms.

Specs for the three days were 24.6 miles and 6,000' of gain. It took us about 9.5 hours to get in to camp on Saturday, about 7 very leisurely hours to climb the peaks Sunday, and about 5.5 hours to get out on Monday.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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