Ascent of Leavitt Peak on 2019-08-03

Climber: William Inman

Others in Party:D.W. McKinnon
Date:Saturday, August 3, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Leavitt Peak
    Elevation:11569 ft / 3526 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wes (Dave) and I needed another good workout for the upcoming Elbert and Whitney climbs and wanted some time at higher elevation than Mt. Lassen a few weeks ago. Looking at the (somewhat) nearby area(s), and having already climbed Sonora Peak in 2015, the approx. 100' higher Leavitt Peak looked like a good choice. More miles, more climb, and ultimately, higher elevation. Another thing I really liked was that after the initial climb up from Sonora Pass, we would be at well above 10,000' for the rest of the hike.

We had intended to meet at Sonora Pass at about 10:15, and were pretty close to being on target, but then road construction threw a monkey wrench in our plans. After the wait at the flagman, the pilot car took us right past the trailhead and then several miles down the other side. We turned around and went back the other way, again having to wait for the flagman, etc, but this time were able to duck into the parking lot at the summit, following a car ahead of us that did it. We ended up starting the hike at 11:18, approx an hour behind schedule, but then got with the program. As I'm still close to 40 lbs. above ideal weight, but dropping, I wore my heartrate monitor and treated this as a workout. I was pleased that my average heartrate had stayed in the aerobic zone all the way to the summit where I ended the session.

The last 600 to 800 feet to the top were extremely difficult for me - progress being due only to sheer determination as I took "old man steps" (the heel of one foot barely clearing the toe of the other). As we ate the sandwich on the top and discussed the situation (he said it was really hard for him too, even though he still beat me by a LONG ways), he pointed out that we hadn't really had a "lunch" and it was already past 3:30. We had been taking in hourly snacks on the climb, but I think had still let our "tanks run dry". >>>Lesson learned: be sure to take in enough calories during the climb.<<<

Views from the top were spectacular in all directions, as would be expected. Even though I've lived nearby almost my whole life, I still can't get over how beautiful the Sierras are!

We headed back down, and in about a mile, when we hit the uphill section on the return, I started my heartrate monitor again. ...and it averaged in the aerobic zone all the way back to the car, too! ...Even with all the downhill sections and net loss! Not sure why it was so high unless I was just simply exhausted or something. The return HR average was only 3 beats per minute lower than the climb!

Anyway, it was a great workout, spectacular scenery, and really nice weather (it was really cold and blowing horizontal snow on us when we did Sonora Peak in October of 2015), and a good learning moment: consume far more calories on the climb in the future!!!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2871 ft / 874 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2871 ft / 874 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 19.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1 and 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Very nice. Breezy on top, naturally
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2408 ft / 733 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1945 ft / 593 m; Extra: 463 ft / 141m
    Loss on way in:463 ft / 141 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 9.9 km
    Route:.... pct south, then SE riidge
    Start Trailhead:Sonora Pass  9624 ft / 2933 m
    Time:3 Hours 36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2408 ft / 733 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1945 ft / 593 m; Extra: 463 ft / 141m
    Gain on way out:463 ft / 141 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 9.9 km
    Route:Same as ascent
    End Trailhead:same  9624 ft / 2933 m
    Time:2 Hours 58 Minutes

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