Ascent of Mount Langley on 2018-07-08

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Sunday, July 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Langley
    Elevation:14026 ft / 4275 m

Ascent Trip Report

started 9:20am
summit 1:50pm
ended 4:20pm

22.5 miles - 7 hours

After a very fatigued and lackluster effort from the prior day, I was motivated to get this summit. From Horseshoe Meadows - got a lazy start to my day and eventually got going at 9:20am. I ran the trail consistently until about halfway up New Army Pass when I began hike/running. It was noon at the top of the pass, and I started going down the wrong way, requiring some backtracking and extra elevation gain. Dark clouds started forming in the distance as I made my way up the ridge. This ascent was all power hiking - not much running on the loosely packed fine gravel slope - although if acclimated and very fit I think this mountain is 100% runnable. Approaching the summit I heard 2 very loud booms of thunder in the not-so-far distance. I told myself if I heard a 3rd I would turn around. The 3rd never came as I pushed onwards. Some light hail was precipitating. People were still descending off of the summit which gave me reassurance that I was not alone. I pressed on and reached the top right before my arbitrary turn-around time of 2pm. Got a quick self-timer selfie shot in and then began by rapid descent. I went down the "old" Army Pass which provided a more direct descent to the lakes. I felt more comfortable at this elevation in terms of being out of the storm. The rain poured for a little while when I ran out of water. Filled up in a stream but had no filter. From here it was only 5.5 miles back to the trailhead so I only took sips when I felt it was absolutely necessary. Kept a decent pace on the way down but felt slow at this point - my nutrition strategy today was nonextistant... only 1 bar.

Overall this is an awesome mountain for training. The views are not as good as on Mt. Whitney, but this is a much less traveled mountain which you can experience some solitude in some regard. Loved it - I think I could do it 1 hour faster if I was really pushing it and had better nutrition strategy and some water filtration methods.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5500 ft / 1676 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Round-Trip Distance:22.5 mi / 36.2 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5500 ft / 1676 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4500 ft / 1372 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Route:New Army Pass
    Start Trailhead:Horseshoe Meadows  9526 ft / 2903 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Army Pass
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Marcus Lostracco
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