Ascent of Angels Landing in 2001-10

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Chuck Drake and Wayne Lundberg
Date:October, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Angels Landing
    Elevation:5790 ft / 1764 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice day hike but lots of tourists on journey. I hate tourist-infested hikes, but this a must see in the National Park. Spectacular views and sheer cliff edges. Started at River on second day after climbing the east bank features such as Observation Point and camping on top.

I was surprised at the time we made the top of peak that the NP had not placed saftey rails and other obtrusive features to make it "safe" from law suits and ruin the natural beauty. We were able to stand along the sheer cliff edge. Nice! Saw a teenage girl coming up with her friends crying her eyes out due to fear of heights and clinging on the rail going up the main ascent trail. Poor thing - but she gutted it out.

Tame chipmunks rule the roost at the top and sit in your lap to steal your snacks at the top. Despite the traffic up and back, you have to rate this high due to the vistas alone.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1440 ft / 438 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Grade/Class:class 1+ very steep
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1440 ft / 438 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Main TH
    Start Trailhead:4350 ft / 1325 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    End Trailhead:5790 ft / 1764 m

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