Ascent of Panamint Butte on 2013-11-16

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Karen McCann
James Morehouse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Rich Stephens
Matt M
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Panamint Butte
    Elevation:6584 ft / 2006 m

Ascent Trip Report

For the first portion of this trip, please see my report under Towne Benchmark.

From the saddle, we immediately began heading up a fairly gentle ridge toward a series of small peaklets. One of these is listed here in peakbagger (provisionally) but is so minor I opted not to include it as a separate peak. The top of the ridge is mostly covered in a minor rocky outcrop, but is easily bypassed to either side, or climbed. The ridgeline began to veer north, and some debate ensued over which of the two remaining high points on our route was actually Panamint Butte. One spot to our left (west) seemed higher, and some were convinced by their GPS readings that it was the actual peak. Others opted for the one we were sort of on course for (north). A decision was made to head north, then west to the first peak. But Jim and I soon agreed the peak to the west wasn't the correct one, and convinced everyone to head for the north peak, which turned out to be the correct one.

More photos, snacks, and register signings at the summit.

For the trip back to Towne Benchmark, we decided to try a line further to the north that seemed to ascend a more gradual, and hopefully more solid, slope. We hit the valley bottom at a point more to the north and got ready to head up the slope.

For the last portion of this trip, please see my report under Towne Benchmark (second instance, same date). GPS track shown is for the entire outing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1079 ft / 328 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1291 ft / 392 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Sunny but hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1061 ft / 323 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 554 ft / 169 m; Extra: 507 ft / 154m
    Loss on way in:507 ft / 154 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle with Towne Benchmark  6030 ft / 1837 m
    Time:1 Hours 26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:784 ft / 238 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 766 ft / 233 m; Extra: 18 ft / 5m
    Gain on way out:18 ft / 5 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:East Ridge
    End Trailhead:Saddle with Towne Benchmark  5818 ft / 1773 m
    Time:38 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Towne_Panamint (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Towne Benchmark2013-11-16 a3060 ft / 933 m
2Panamint Butte2013-11-16 b1079 ft / 329 m
3Towne Benchmark2013-11-16 c2283 ft / 696 m
Total Trip Gain: 6422 ft / 1958 m    Total Trip Loss: 6422 ft / 1957 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by BMS 914
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