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Ascent of Leavitt Peak on 2016-08-12

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Mr. L -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Leavitt Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11569 ft / 3526 m

Ascent Trip Report

leavitt is a great walk up. i really enjoyed the scenery: very stark and rugged.

i really wasn't enthused by the short-cut ... it sure saves a lot of distance compared to the excessively meandering PCT, but there were two sections on the shortcut which gave me pause. the two sections were steep, slippery, with no holds, or if you thought you found a hold it would crumble off in your hand. this is why i'm marking "scramble" on this hike, there is no scrambling if you stick to the trail. later in the day i'd opt to use the PCT on the descent instead (which is when i learned just how far it meanders, and a temptation to cut the trail kept popping up).

mr. L was waiting for me on the summit. we had prearranged for him to start ahead of me, and apparently he made it to the summit 20 min before i got there. i hung out with him for part of the return, until it was time to go bag the bonus peak 11245.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2689 ft / 818 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1763 ft / 536 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:walk up
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2539 ft / 773 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1939 ft / 591 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.5 km
    Route:PCT w/short-cut
    Start Trailhead:sonora pass  9630 ft / 2935 m
    Time:2 Hours 36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1163 ft / 354 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1013 ft / 309 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    End Trailhead:low point before 11245  10556 ft / 3217 m
    Time:1 Hours 14 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: leavitt

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Leavitt Peak2016-08-12 a2689 ft / 820 m
2Peak 112452016-08-12 b939 ft / 286 m
Total Trip Gain: 3628 ft / 1106 m    Total Trip Loss: 3626 ft / 1105 m



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