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Ascent of Telegraph Peak on 2012-07-28

Climber: Brian Richardsson

Others in Party:SP'er JDuke
Brother Michael
UCIMC'er TG
et al.
Date:Saturday, July 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Telegraph Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8985 ft / 2738 m

Ascent Trip Report

trip totals: 3800' gain / 5000' loss

Got a 6:30 start, which meant of course that we had to take the fire road up from Manker Flat. This didn't really bother me, since I could get a few miles under my feet before hitting the Three T's trail.

Headed up from MF to Baldy Notch, took a pit stop at the cafe, and headed off for Thunder Mountain. The final slog up the ski slope is a pain. Stood on the lump next to the ski lift, took pictures, and headed off.

Took the Three T's trail south down to the Telegraph / Thunder saddle (~400 feet loss) and then back up to Telegraph Peak. Took our first major break and took lots of pictures.

We couldn't sign the register because some ASSCLOWN stole the freaking lid off the summit box, along with the summit register. Who the fark needs a lid from a box as a memento?

Headed down from Telegraph to the Telegraph / Timber saddle (7740') for another ~1200' of loss, then back up to Timber Mountain. By the time we got to the summit turnoff, I was starting to feel my knee, which I had lightly tweaked earlier in the week. Grinded out the last quarter mile to the summit, and took another somewhat longish break.

Finally headed off down the mountain. Started our descent at 12:22. Took a short break at Columbine Springs to fill up three bottles (not for the hike, but for later at home). Continued on our way, and the pounding rock of Icehouse Canyon started to get to me with about a mile and a half to go.

Finally got back to Icehouse Canyon trailhead at just a smidge past 2:00.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:805 ft / 245 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1245 ft / 379 m
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:805 ft / 245 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Three T's trail
    Start Trailhead:Telegraph / Thunder saddle  8180 ft / 2493 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1245 ft / 379 m
    End Trailhead:Timber / Telegraph saddle  7740 ft / 2359 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Three T's 2012-07-28 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Thunder Mountain2012-07-28 a2427 ft / 740 m
2Telegraph Peak2012-07-28 b805 ft / 245 m
3Timber Mountain2012-07-28 c563 ft / 172 m
Total Trip Gain: 3795 ft / 1157 m    Total Trip Loss: 4995 ft / 1522 m



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