Ascent of Mount Kaweah on 1942-07-31

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Oliver Kehrlein (leader)
Cope Palmer
Carolyn Palmer
Paul Hunter
John Thomas Howell
Parker Severson
Peter Kehrlein
Walter Marx
Homer Wellman
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 31, 1942
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Kaweah
    Elevation:13802 ft / 4206 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had this opportunity to climb Mt. Kaweah, my very first Sierra peak, while on a Sierra Club Base Camp, led by Oliver Kehrlein, at Little Five Lakes. Ten of us left Base Camp at 6:00A to climb the "Big" Kaweah while on the way to a one-night camp at Moraine Lake on the Chagoopa Plateau. We descended the High Sierra Trail, passing the old Big Arroyo Patrol Cabin, and at a small, unnamed lake (l0,500') where the trail enters the Chagoopa Plateau cached our packs at 10:00A and started our cross-country ascent of the peak. Our route took us up a variety of Class 2 terrain to the col directly NW of the summit. We rested here briefly in the shelter of rocks out of the wind. A short climb over more boulders took us to the false summit on the NW end of the summit ridge, where we placed a small cairn. Then we crossed a few hundred feet of ridge-rocks to the true summit. The view on this bright, breezy day was incredible--peaks to numerous name, sweeping panoramas--I'll never forget it. Surely one of the best Sierra views. We descended by a different route, heading almost directly to our cached packs. Back on the trail, we finally reached Moraine Lake (9,355') just before dark. Other fellow Base Campers, who had arrived earlier in the day, greeted us with corned beef hash, hot drinks, and a campfire. A very full day of approx. 18 miles
hiked and 4,000' of elevation gain. (Thanks to Paul Hunter for details of this TR).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3402 ft / 1036 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4447 ft / 1355 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ideal, light wind
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3402 ft / 1036 m
    Route:South slopes
    Start Trailhead:Little Five Lakes  10400 ft / 3169 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4447 ft / 1355 m
    Route:South slopes
    End Trailhead:Moraine Lake  9355 ft / 2851 m

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