Ascent of Third Needle on 2015-08-06

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Third Needle
    Elevation:14108 ft / 4300 m

Ascent Trip Report

On day one, Melissa and Kelley Laxamana and me backpacked from Horseshoe Meadow over Cottonwood Pass and then down to the PCT, then north on the PCT to our camp at Rock Creek, a distance of about 13.5 miles. On day 2, we backpacked north on the PCT and then east up the JMT to our camp at Guitar Lake, which is about 12 miles for the day. On day 3, I hike up the JMT to Trail Crest, then made the short class 2 side trip up to the summit of Discovery Pinnacle. Afterwards, I hiked up the Whitney Trail, climbing Aiguille Junior, Aiguille du Paquoir, Aiguille Extra, Third Needle, Crooks Peak, and Keeler Needle from the Whitney Trail, all class 2 except Keeler Needle is class 3. After an ascent of Keeler Needle, I continued up the trail to the summit of Mount Whitney. Meanwhile, Melissa and Kelley hiked up the JMT and then the Whitney Trail all the way to the summit of Mount Whitney, meeting me on top. Later, we returned to our camp at Guitar Lake, arriving just as it started to rain, and with the mileage for the day being about 7.6. On day 4, our group headed back to Horseshoe Meadow, backpacking about 21 miles to our camp at Chicken Spring Lake and, on day 5, we backpacked out the final 4.5 miles to the trailhead. Please see my 08-06-2015 Mount Whitney trip report for trip stats.
Summary Total Data
    Route:See trip report
    Trailhead:Horseshoe Meadow  
    Grade/Class:Class 2

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