Ascent of Anderson Peak on 2017-07-31

Climber: Joe Merlone

Others in Party:Henry (dog)
Date:Monday, July 31, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Anderson Peak
    Elevation:8683 ft / 2646 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed July 31st with the pooch along with Tinker Knob. Started from Donner Pass via the PCT. Trail was great up to Roller Pass, tons of wildflowers. A few large steep snowfields to traverse around the east face of Mt Lincoln, but was able to skirt without too much difficulty. Hiked fast along the PCT and encountered lots of through hikers and backpackers. Again, wildflowers were amazing - peak showing. Planned to climb anderson peak from North face from around Benson hut as described. However, the chutes looked much steeper than described, and still a large steep snowfield at the base of the scree field. Elected to push on past to Tinker knob, and asses the south side from Tinker Knob. Summit of Tinker Knob was easy, good view of granite chief range, with tons of snow still on those mountains. The view otherwise was mostly limited due to lots of smog from recent fires, could only barely see lake tahoe from top. Took a long break at the bottom of summit, Henry was hurting likely from the heat. The Southern face of Anderson looked much more inviting, so traversed up the talus field from the south side. Achieved the summit. Nice sierra club register box on top, but register had gotten wet, and pen wasn't working so was not able to sign. Elected to try to descend off of north face down trough the chutes. Henry was really hurting at this point, and clouds were forming what looked like thunderheads. I thought it would save some time in distance. I should have trusted my previous hesitation of this route. We made it down safely, however, the chutes were very steep with loose scree and talus. A couple of times I had to lift Henry down short stretches. The snowfield at the bottom required us to traverse to the west, as the east looked too steep to go around. In the end we probably saved very little time or mileage, with adding significant difficulty. By this time we could hear thunder, and saw some rain developing above Lincoln. Worry set in, as we had to travel directly into it on an exposed ridgeline with little cover. We hightailed it back, and luckily the storm broke up as we traveled. Rest of trip was uneventful, and Henry even perked up the last couple of miles after finally drinking some water. Overall a beautiful fun hike, however, in retrospect I shouldn't have pushed the dog when I knew he wasn't feeling well. Another two successful oguls.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble

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