Ascent of Manly Peak on 2018-01-06

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Date:Saturday, January 6, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Manly Peak
    Elevation:7195 ft / 2193 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Neal Robbins

Trip included Manly Peak on Saturday followed by Needle Peak on Sunday. Our meet spot for this one was at a large flat area containing old mining equipment next to a cabin, a bunch of big trees, and a warm-water spring at the western-most edge of the Warm Springs Mining Camp. Our meet spot is easy to identify on Satellite Photo view on Caltopo. Excellent then good dirt road turns bad several hundred yards before we got to the meet spot, but we got everyone in there okay with only minor difficulty. One vehicle got stuck but we got it out. From the meet spot we drove in Saturday morning to the trailhead at Russell Camp via the DPS Eastern approach. This approach is passable but requires High Clearance and 4WD; we drove in nice and slow so were able to avoid any flat tires (with this road is famous for causing!).

Manly Peak is an absolute sand slog. Steep from go, but the views are nice as we ascend the ridgelines to the summit. The summit block is a blast; it's basically Class 3 with moderate exposure that requires a couple of awkward Class 4 moves. Out the way we came up; sand is fun if you're going down it!

Nice camping at Russell Camp; we had a great potluck out on the patio of the cabin there, nice views, pleasant night.

Sunday we drove over to Willow Spring and got Needle Peak via DPS route A. Needle was a fun peak; way steep once we got up out of the canyon system and onto the ridges; the route finding took some concentration, but it all made sense. The way went the way it should.

Manly Peak: 6.0 RT miles, 2,900', about 5 hours
Needle Peak: 7.0 RT miles, 2,400' gain, about 3.5 hours up and 2 hours 15 mins down

Our group:
Neal Robbins
Lisa Miyake
Sandy Lara
Peter Lara
Ainesh Sewak
Miriam Khamis
Tracey Thomerson
Susan Kang
Tom Cirrilo
Peter Kudlinski
Meghan Cason
Sunny Yi
Jason Park
Tay Lee
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mat Kelliher
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