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Ascent of Alta Peak on 2017-07-09

Climber: Naresh Satyan

Date:Sunday, July 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Alta Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11204 ft / 3414 m

Ascent Trip Report

With Jason Park, Sunny Yi, Susan Kang. The forecast was for a 30% chance of thunderstorms after 11am, and we had slightly tired legs from hiking up to Mount Silliman the previous day, so we slept in the cars at Wolverton and opted for an early 5:30 am start to give ourselves enough time to get back safely. It was a humid day to start, with plenty of mosquitoes as we headed up the trail. 1.5 miles in, I smelled something, then heard loud snapping of wood, and then saw the big bear rooting for insects 30-50 yards uphill from the trail. A strange reversal of senses. He paid no attention to us. The trail was gorgeous, with running creeks every 10 minutes (thanks for making me carry four liters of water, Jason!), lush meadows, colorful wildflowers, singing birds, fluttering butterflies... not to mention amazing views. At 10,500', the trail became a creek, and it was a solid slope of wet snow to the peak. It would've been easy with microspikes, but I had left mine in the car, and no one else had them anyway - so we left the trail, contoured/climbed east along the snow to the ridge, and scrambled to the summit from the south (mild class 2-3 as long as we didn't get too high). All fairly easy. Didn't stop too long, just some pictures, and back down the snow. Summit at 10:30 am, back to the cars at 2:30 pm. We skipped Panther peak on the way down, not wanting to get wet or worse if there was a storm, but I suspect we were all tired and that was just an excuse. In any case, there was no rain. As a bonus, there was no queue for showers at Lodgepole this early in the afternoon. Drove back down past the hordes at the Sherman tree, getting to Los Angeles before sunset. Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/Gree52kfomgihXU28
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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