Ascent of Mount Palmer on 2013-10-19

Climber: James Morehouse

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Joel Brewster
Anji Cerney
Collin Kamholz <1256> and J I
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Palmer
    Elevation:7958 ft / 2425 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left from our camp (approximately 6680' of elevation) and headed up the 4x4 road towards the saddle above, passing the abandoned mine at 6850' on the way. At the saddle we headed up the south west ridge and began the long series of ups and downs along the way. The final ridge line to Palmer begins to get increasingly rocky and passes from loose class 2 to loose (as in loose rock) class 3, with fractured limestone to climb. Hand and foot holds often broke or moved while on this rock, so caution is advised. After the main climb up the loose class 3 chute, there is still at least another 100' or so of gain yet, and some a little distance yet to the peak. The views include, on a clear day, Mount Whitney, Mount Langley, Mount Russell, Mount Sill, the Palisades, most of the main peaks in the Inyo Range, Death Valley, Telescope Peak, and way off to the south, Mount Charleston. The trip back will take as long as the trip up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6943 ft / 2115 m
    Extra Gain:2850 ft / 868 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.8 mi / 19 km
    Route:Up Phinney Canyon to southwest ridge
    Trailhead:6715  6715 ft / 2046 m
    Grade/Class:class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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