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Ascent of Leavitt Peak on 2014-08-31

Climber: David Kensiski

Others in Party:Eric Kensiski
Jeff Peck
Nick Heyer
Justis Whalen
David Whalen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 31, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Leavitt Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11569 ft / 3526 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day hike on a 3-day Boy Scout trip over Labor Day weekend. Hiked in from Sonora Pass to Latopie via PCT on Saturday, then made our ascent on Sunday, returning to Sonora Pass on Monday. Ascent was via use trail from Latopie, then PCT to use trail up east ridge. Felt the peak ascent was actually easier than hiking in from Sonora Pass the day before. Surprised to find only one other group camping at Latopie and absolutely nobody on the peak. Ran into several groups aiming for Leavitt as we were hiking out the PCT on Monday, but they were far enough off and starting late enough that I suspect most wouldn't succeed.

Very high starting point at Sonora Pass (9624') makes the initial hike that much more challenging. Had one scout (Nick) who had pretty nasty altitude sickness after the ascent on Sunday. Snickers, Tylenol and sleep helped.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1180 ft / 359 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1180 ft / 359 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Wind light until about noon, then picked up
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1180 ft / 359 m
    Route:PCT to East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Latopie Lake  10389 ft / 3166 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1180 ft / 359 m
    End Trailhead:Latopie Lake  10389 ft / 3166 m



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