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Ascent of Mount Emerson on 2017-08-27

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Anne Marie Richardson
Ainesh Sewak
Vish Koffignelhd
Gracia Placencia
Beth Epstein
Kim Gimenez
Saveria Tilden
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Emerson
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13204 ft / 4024 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Beth Epstein

Came in on Piute Pass Trail Saturday afternoon and set up camp at Lock Leven. Set out early Sunday for summit via South Face route. What a fun climb!! Pretty obvious route north up the rib that starts at Loch Leven near point 10789. Easy slab at first, followed by some Class 3 travel up good granite, then down a bit and across a talus field, then more ascent through Class 2 and 3 terrain where we kind of kept to left around a big fin and then continued up the highest (easternmost) of three ledges. Up and over the top of that ledge then we made our way over to a large chute that is at the head of the distinct drainage channel that runs parallel to (and to the west of) the route we had taken to get up the rib. There's a real distinct use trail down in the drainage channel that you could take up from down at Loch Leven, but it's steep, loose, sandy, and is full of chunks of rock that are just itching to go tumbling down the trail. We intercepted that use trail as we entered into that final chute; we made our way up it by kind of hugging the solid rock adjacent to it. More Class 2 and 3 travel up that chute to the summit ridge, then a short little stroll over to the summit itself. Seriously good views up top!

Trailhead to Camp: 2.8 miles, 1,600' gain, 2.5 hours
Camp to Peak: 1.8 RT miles, 2,000' gain, 7 hours
Camp to Trailhead: 2.8 miles, 1.5 hours
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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