Ascent of Mount Pinos on 2017-02-11

Climber: Amy Huang

Others in Party:Philip Bates
Rich Gillock
Amanda Horak
Kate Miller
Jan Marie Perry
Kristi Postema
Robert Meyers
Virgil Shields
Dwain Roque
Fiona McGinty
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Pinos
    Elevation:8831 ft / 2691 m

Ascent Trip Report

We met at the Big Gas Station Complex on Frazier Mountain Road at 7:45AM. Then we filed into 5 cars and drove to the Ski Patrol Building/Chula Vista Campground and began at 8:30AM putting our snowshoes on. During the beginning of the trail, my snowshoe straps broke and we had to use cords as shoe laces to tie the snowshoes onto my foot. Then partially onwards, my other snowshoe straps broke, and we needed to do the same thing. We practiced navigation and I was with Virgil for that one. We had to navigate off trail up on a hill, and I had not been paying attention as I was focused on my snowshoes and getting use to walking with the cords. We stayed mostly on trail and stopped every now and then to see where we were. We reached the peak at about 12:20PM and ate lunch there. Then Bob Meyers broke us up into groups of 6 and with his assistants, we had to find an "M" shape with the contour line plus a gully that ran through it. We each took turns leading partially to that point. Afterwards, we headed back and returned to our cars at around 2:40 PM and got back to the gas station at 3PM. There were some moments during the hike where there was sunlight, then as we were walking back from the summit it began to snow. The temperature was scheduled to be 30 degrees. The round trip was about 4.8 miles. It was a great day. I met up with some group 2 folks and also someone that I knew from the Olancha WTC trip. The majority of the people were from the west LA WTC. I learned to pay more attention to what was around me and ensure that things matched up on the map.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Calm, Overcast

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