Ascent to Monte Cinto-Point 2651 (100m east) on 2018-05-24

Climber: Greg Chappell

Date:Thursday, May 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Monte Cinto - Point 2651 (100m east)
    Elevation:8698 ft / 2651 m
    Remaining Elevation:180 ft / 55 m (4% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I didn't bring enough gear (this was a beach vacation) for the snow conditions on the upper slopes. Gear used: CAMP aluminum ice axe and microspikes; no gloves). Don't skimp on real crampons and a standard ice axe on this one.

The upper slopes were still icy and exposed in late March; kicking steps or getting a reasonable axe placement were not always possible.

I turned around after 5 hours just short of the final summit push when white-out moved in and I became self-conscious about not having front points for the return trek.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4033 ft / 1229 m
    Trailhead:4665 ft / 1421 m

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