Ascent of Rubicon Peak on 2020-08-01

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rubicon Peak
    Elevation:9183 ft / 2798 m

Ascent Trip Report

I’d promised myself that I wouldn't go the whole year without any progress on the OGUL list, despite the pandemic. My plan was to drive straight from home to one peak, then to a campground, then climb a second peak the next day, and return home without stopping for anything other than gas.

I left home around 6:30am and reached the end of Highview Drive around 11:00 due to crazy traffic at the Tahoe beaches. My car thermometer showed 87 degrees at lake level, and it was very warm on the hike, too. The first mile was quite gentle, with an occasional glimpse of the rocky summit pinnacle looming overhead. Then the trail got steep in a hurry. Near the top I lost the cairns and plodded my way uphill through rocks. A group of 6 ahead of me went right at the pinnacle from the northwest and climbed partway up, but not all the way to the top. Not wanting to get too close to them, I continued to the southwest side of the pinnacle and found a straightforward class 3 way to the very top. While I was having my lunch, the other group pulled out a drone and started whizzing it around, taking selfies. The pilot lost control of it and smashed it into the summit rock I was sitting on. Although drones aren’t allowed in wildernesses, I figured it would be better for them to pack it out than to leave it there as trash, so I climbed down and retrieved it. Nothing had broken, so we were able to relaunch it.

Between the heat and my feeling the effects of the altitude, I decided not to go for Peak 9269, the P300 about half a mile farther along the rocky ridge.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2183 ft / 665 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2183 ft / 665 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Rubicon Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:7000 ft / 2133 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes

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