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Mt. Gayley

06/12/2010 8:00 am
06/13/2010 8:00 pm
Mt. Gayley (13, 510')

We will backpack up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek to Sam Mack Meadow via Black Lake. This is about 8 miles and climbs from 7600' to 11,000'. There may be snow covering the trail. For the peak climb to Glacier Notch (13,080') via Palisade Glacier and a chute covered with snow over loose rock, class 3 - ice axe and crampons needed. Follow the 'Yellow Brick Road' (ledges on the right hand side of the SW ridge) to the summit.

This is a difficult trip. We may consider using skis or snowshoes to get to camp. An early morning departure should make the snow firm enough for travel using crampons and ice axe. The route is class 3.

Extensive recent mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, recent travel at altitude, excellent physical condition, and snow camping experience are all required. Equipment required: boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, snow camping gear, and possibly snowshoes or skis, skins, poles, and ski crampons. Recent snowshoe or backcountry skiing experience are required.

This trip requires Sierra Club membership, filling out a medical form, and signing a liability waiver.


Recent mountaineering experience required
Mammoth Area, Eastside
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