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Ascent of Basin Mountain on 2021-07-17

Climber: Mica Lynn Copernicus

Date:Saturday, July 17, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Basin Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13181 ft / 4017 m

Ascent Trip Report

After staring at this peak all winter while bouldering in the Buttermilks, it's finally time that we climb it! It's wild that you can recognise Buttermilks boulders with your naked eye from the summit of Basin.

The easiest way is the class 2 sand slopes up the back, which is good for dogs. Note if you follow our tracks: we were off route on the way up and ended up on a false summit slightly to the southwest of the true summit. Go directly west from the higher tarn, rather than veering slightly south like we did. We went the correct route on the way down.

Full trip report and photos:
https://daiyi.co/blog/basin-mountain
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A view of Basin Mountain from the Buttermilks (Grandma and Grandpa Peabody in the foreground on the right). (2021-01-24). Photo by Mica Lynn Copernicus.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6083 ft / 1853 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6083 ft / 1853 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.7 mi / 23.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5818 ft / 1773 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5428 ft / 1654 m; Extra: 390 ft / 118m
    Loss on way in:390 ft / 118 m
    Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Route:West Slope
    Start Trailhead:Horton Lakes  7753 ft / 2363 m
    Time:5 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5693 ft / 1735 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5428 ft / 1654 m; Extra: 265 ft / 80m
    Gain on way out:265 ft / 80 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Route:West Slope
    End Trailhead:Horton Lakes  7753 ft / 2363 m
    Time:4 Hours 55 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mica Lynn Copernicus
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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Other Photos

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Me and my human friend ascending the final slabs to the summit (2021-07-17). Photo by Mica Lynn Copernicus.
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