Ascent of Sandstone Peak on 2016-12-11

Climber: Amy Huang

Others in Party:Andrea Amato
Charles Gellar
Scott Clossen
Omar Skalli
Saskia Sofia
Bryan Horvat
Carissa Marie
Matt Simonetti
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sandstone Peak
    Elevation:3111 ft / 948 m

Ascent Trip Report

We all met at West Los Angeles Rideshare Point at 11:30AM and left to the trailhead at 12PM. We hit traffic, drove thru Malibu, and a windy road. We arrived at about 1:30PM and commenced our hike at 2:00PM since it took some time to gather everyone. We hiked 1.5 miles to the summit and got there at about 3:30PM and then we hiked another 1.5 miles and reached the parking lot at 5:00PM. Since I had a broken ankle, I found the uneven terrain very tough, especially on the downhill. When we scrambled to the top, I had a difficult time trusting my boot, and later, switched to a hiking shoe to walk around the summit. However, I actually found that it was more uncomfortable in a hiking shoe and the boot offered more stability although it was more slippery on the rock. Luckily I was careful and made sure that I always had my hands grabbing onto tree branches, or supported myself on the rock. At one point, going back down, two people had to help me as I was crab-walking down to avoid falling, and so they wanted me to stand up and walk so it would be easier.

On my way down, I could feel every rock and movement with my broken ankle. Sometimes it felt like my bone was going to protrude through my skin. In retrospect it obviously wasn't a good idea to go, however, I just had to experience it just to be able to say this. I'm sure when my ankle heals, it would be all worth it. But here are the reasons that I went at this time:

1). My friend who knows how to get to the trailhead (which is hard to find) was going at this time.
2). I agreed to co-lead a hike with the Sierra Club.
3). This peak was on my list to do for next year and I thought that I would get a head start.

Benefits; I made new friends and people eager to explore the area and continue hiking. I could teach them many things and these people have just moved to the area. I also reconnected with my old friends and got some awesome pictures with the sun and the clouds as it was foggy. Realizing how important it is to have the boot on at all times.

Disadvantages: The pain of going up, and especially going back down. On the summit, constantly feeling like my left ankle was going to give. Having to put ice on it tonight and praying that it will be okay.
Summary Total Data
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds

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