Ascent of Norman Clyde Peak on 2009-08-01

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Kurt Wedberg
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 1, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Norman Clyde Peak
    Elevation:13855 ft / 4223 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was one of two technical peaks that I had left in order to complete the Sierra Peaks Section list. I decided to use Sierra Mountaineering International, a guide service, to climb the peak; also, my guide was Kurt Wedberg. We backpacked up to Finger Lake on day one, then got up and were on our way before dawn on day two, climbing the peak via its north-northeast ridge route, which is class 4. Kurt had me on a short rope, and belayed me up some of the more difficult sections of the peak. We summited around 11:00 a.m., were down and back at Finger Lake around 3:00 p.m., and were back at the trailhead around 8:00 p.m. Norman Clyde Peak is definitely one of the top five hardest peaks on the SPS list. Also, Kurt is an excellent guide, plus a fun person to go with!
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On the summit of Norman Clyde Peak (2009-08-01). Photo by Greg Gerlach.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6055 ft / 1845 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:North-northeast ridge
    Trailhead:Big Pine Creek trailhead  7800 ft / 2377 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3-4
    Gear Used:
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads

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