Ascent of Mount Massive on 2012-07-14

Climber: Luke Mullen

Others in Party:Aaron
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Massive
    Elevation:14421 ft / 4395 m

Ascent Trip Report

After descending South Massive to the saddle, we met up with the main Massive trail, and all the crowds coming down from the summit. Having a trail up Massive made the final climb easy compared to the scramble up South Massive, even with bands of hail moving through the area. We made the summit only half an hour after leaving the saddle, and relaxed knowing the long slog back to the trailhead was all that remained between us and the cold beer waiting in the cooler. After a full day of hiking up Massive's southern highpoints, the hike down was long and tiring, but thankfully the excellent trail made it more palatable. Overall, it was a great day; tiring, long, but extremely rewarding. They don't call it Massive for nothing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:521 ft / 158 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4361 ft / 1329 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
mostly clear, with small bands of rain
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:521 ft / 158 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:saddle  13900 ft / 4236 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4361 ft / 1329 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:East Slopes
    End Trailhead:Mount Massive Trailhead  10060 ft / 3066 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Massive (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Massive-Southeast Peak2012-07-144609 ft / 1405 m
2Mount Massive2012-07-14521 ft / 159 m
Total Trip Gain: 5130 ft / 1564 m    Total Trip Loss: 5130 ft / 1563 m

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