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Ascent of Granite Dome on 2014-06-10

Climber: David Kensiski

Others in Party:Jimmy Butts
Eric Kensiski
John Lovett
Zack Lovett
Kevin McLarty
Jeff Peck
Justis Whalen
Date:Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Dome
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10320 ft / 3145 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day hike on Boy Scout 50-mile backpacking trek. Skirted E side of Upper Relief meadow, then traversed SE up to the saddle at ~9200, then continued SE to ford stream and meadow, then scrambled to attain SW ridge. Ascended ridge to the peak. Return was reverse of ascent. Scouts forged ahead in buddy pairs, but one pair missed the turn NW after descending the ridge and added an extra several miles and 3 hours to their descent. (As an aside, had to cut the trip short because two scouts took ill.)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1536 ft / 468 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:SW ridge
    Trailhead:Upper Relief  8784 ft / 2677 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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