Ascent of Midway Mountain on 2009-09-01

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Bob Wyka
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Midway Mountain
    Elevation:13665 ft / 4165 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob and I left our camp at the Kern River and made our way into upper Milestone Basin to an un-named lake located south and a little east of Table Mountain at 3620 meters in elevation. From the lake, we climbed up a loose scree and sand filled chute located under a V notch until progress was blocked, then made a right turn and traversed over and then down onto a ledge system, encountering one awkward and hard third class move along the way. Bob and I followed the path of least resistance, generally moving up and down along the ledge system until we came to a broad chute just in front of an arête. We climbed up the left side of the chute, went through a keyhole, then made our way up to the southeast end of the broad summit plateau to the high point, which was marked by a six foot or so high cairn. The route along the ledges is class 2 and easy class 3 and the route on the summit plateau is class 1. We left the top, made our way back down our assent route, dropped down to about 3800 meters in elevation, then contoured over to Midway’s east ridge. The class 1-2 route was slow, but went very well. Bob and I made our way up the east ridge to the top of Midway, then made our way down into Milestone Basin and back to camp. Please see my 08/31/2009 Milestone Mountain and 09/01/2009 Table Mountains trip reports for additional trip details and trip stats.
Summary Total Data
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:Kern River  
    Grade/Class:Class 2

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