Ascent of Vasquez Peak on 2020-05-23

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang; Dan Connors
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Vasquez Peak
    Elevation:12947 ft / 3946 m

Ascent Trip Report

Please excuse my poor GPS track at one point while glissading my pause button was hit and missed some of the downclimb and then my phone battery died on the bushwhack back to the truck so the distance and other features were missed and I have added them in to the stats to correct the 2 missing segments. This track starts at Point 12,707 which we climbed earlier in the day (see TR) now the fun began. We hiked back down again to the saddle between Point 12,707 and South Vasquez then began a series of meandering paths thru open alpine that had no snow occasionally having to cross some steep packs of snow but the line I found allowed us to cross in places where if we fell and needed to self arrest we would come across another grass pack and stop. Kicking steps for HC and Dan, I crosses several snow packs and then headed back down after climbing up and around as much snow as possible to a long narrow band of talus that was free of snow. At around elevation 12,600 we slid north and around the rock finding a surprising stretch of alpine grass between the talus and great wall of snow with nasty cornices above. There was no way to climb up the dry saddle between South Vasquez and Vasquez because the wall would have been a technical snow climb and not for microspikes and poles.

Over climbing the saddle, we slid into the talus and crossed one last safe snow pack and were on the ridge. Suddenly the back side of South Vasquez appeared the north and west face and there was no snow. Today was odd in how many times we found less snow on the faces that should have been worse! From there the climb to the top of Vasquez was a piece of cake but we were exhausted from the previous post-holing and kicking steps in the snow filled gullies. At the summit once again, Dan and I were surprised for the second time this year that we were the first to log in at the summit. According to the register, no-one else had signed it since OCT 2019? If so, we were the first this year.

As HC rested, I ran down to the saddle and got another extra credit in by climbing the now accessible South Peak by myself. Then joined the guys on the saddle and down we went. on the way down we found several optimal glissading places and had fun and worked our way bushwhacking through the snow back to the truck.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:605 ft / 184 m
    Total Elevation Loss:632 ft / 192 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:605 ft / 184 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 240 ft / 73 m; Extra: 365 ft / 111m
    Loss on way in:365 ft / 111 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:12707 ft / 3873 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:267 ft / 81 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:12680 ft / 3864 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Vazquez

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Vasquez Point 127072020-05-23 a2357 ft / 718 m
2Vasquez Peak2020-05-23 b605 ft / 184 m
3South Vazquez Peak2020-05-23 c305 ft / 93 m
Total Trip Gain: 3267 ft / 995 m    Total Trip Loss: 807 ft / 246 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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