June 2013             Peak Climbing Section, Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club                                    Vol. 47 No. 6

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General Meeting

 Date                  June 11, 2013

Time          7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Where       PCC

                  3921 E. Bayshore Road

                  Palo Alto, CA

Program   Doing My Best To Avoid The Devil's Club…

Presenter Terry Cline

Washington State's Stuart Range and the North Cascades are easily accessible on weekends from Moscow, Idaho.  The distance is similar to the drive from the Bay Area to Bishop, but without the traffic.  Terry Cline will give a glimpse of the popular cragging destinations Peshastin Pinnacles, Snow Creek Wall, and Castle Rock in the Leavenworth area, a climb of Liberty Ridge on Mt Rainier, the classic West Ridge of Forbidden Peak, and the intimidating summit ridge of Eldorado Peak, with its amazing relief on the west of 6400 ft in 2 mi.  A few bonus looks at other areas might be thrown in as well.

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Directions from 101

Exit at San Antonio Road, go east to the first traffic light, turn left and follow Bayshore Rd to the PCC on the corner of Corporation Way. A sign marking the PCC is out front. Park and enter in the back of the building.

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Editor's Notes

PCS member Frank Martin alerted me that there is still a climber missing from last October in the areas between Mather Pass and Pinchot.  His friends are planning a search and recovery in July but as people start climbing they could be on the lookout for gear or a campsite that was set up from the previous year.

You can read here about 53-year-old Lawrence “Larry” Conn, by clicking on http://www.inyoregister.com/node/4072. Conn

started a hike from the Taboose Creek Trailhead on Friday, October 19, 2012, with plans to travel over Taboose Pass towards the John Muir Trail in Kings Canyon National Park. He has not been seen since then.

Chair Column

Not being able to go to the mountains while I rehab after knee surgery, I've been biking, swimming, and working out in a gym instead; boring stuff.  And it stimulated me to start going through boxes of old slides and convert them to digital.  A guy has to keep busy.

In 1977 I left Palo Alto and my beloved Sierra for a new life in the Pacific Northwest with no thought, at the time, of returning.  Part of the attraction was the hoped-for increased time to spend in new mountains. It sort of worked out that way. For a while. Until life happened.

Join me as this month's presenter as I share some of my favorite climbs and climbing areas in Washington state from that era.

Terry

Preliminary Trip List For Summer

June 8, Lisa Barboza -- Mt. Brewer, South Guard

July 20, Kelly Maas -- Mt. Acrodetes, from Baxter Pass

July 28-31, Lisa Barboza -- Triple Divide Pk. (Seq.), Lion Rock, Mt. Stewart

August 1-3, Rod McCalley -- Cirque Peak (& 70th Birthday Party)

August 9-12, Kelly Maas -- Center Basin, from Onion Valley

August 24, Kelly Maas -- Tenaya Canyon descent.

Sept. 6-8, Lisa Barboza, Rick Booth, & Linda Sun -- Mt. Humphreys (E. arete)

Sept. 14, Lisa Barboza & Daryn Dodge -- North Peak (& LIST-FINISH Party, Saddlebag Lk.)

Sept. 21, Aaron Schuman -- ?

Sept. 23-29, Bob Summers -- Spiller & Whorl Mtns (+?), from Virginia Lakes

PCS Trip Calendar

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June 12 - 13 - Dayhikes of Recess and Isaak Walton

Leader: Lisa Barboza

June 15 - 16 - Vogelsang and Fletcher

Leader: Kelly Maas

June 15 - 16 - Silver  Peak

Leader: Lisa Barboza

July 1 - 3 - Julius Caesar, Hilgard, Gabb

Leader: Lisa Barboza

July 4 - 6 - Foerster Peak

Leader: Lisa Barboza

August 3 - 4 - Mount Winchell

Leader: Liza Barboza

August 7 - 8 - Giraud Peak

Leader: Lisa Barboza

August 30 - September 1 - Deerhorn, W Vidette, E. Vidette

Leader: Lisa Barboza

PCS Trip Details

Dayhikes of Recess and Isaak Walton

Goals: Recess (12,813') and Isaak Walton (12,007')

Location: Vermilion Valley Resort

Dates: June 12 - 13

Leader: Lisa Barboza

These are planned as fast and light Class 2 dayhikes.  They are suitable for beginning climbers.  We will camp near Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR) which is at the end of the Kaiser Pass Road on the shores of Lake Thomas A. Edison, and enjoy their meals and beverages in the evenings.  You must be prepared to cross some snow as this is a relatively early season trip. 

Be prepared to car camp and prepare your own meals.  Come for 1 peak or try for two.

Day 1: Dayhike Recess CL2 –17 mile round trip, 5500 gain.  We’ll start out early, carry daypacks, water purification as needed.  No iceaxe/crampons should be required but just in case bring to the TH.  Much of the climb is on trail, there is substantial CL2 cross-country – enjoy the incredible views of this rarely climbed peak.  Climb peak, and then back to VVR for beverages and meals, or to camp as desired.  The resort offers meals, and great view of Lake Thomas Edison, and victuals as well.

Day 2: Isaak Walton Peak CL2 -  14 mile round trip, 4500 gain.  We’ll take the ferry from VVR across Lake Edison, climb the peak, and return to VVR for a well earned meal.  Much of the climb will be on trail and there is substantial cross country at Class 2.  This is a suitable trip for a beginning climber.

You must be in excellent physical condition and be skilled in backcountry travel.  Bring water, hardshell, lunch, and prepare for a long dayhike with moderate gain.  There will be some snow, so bring along gaiters and footwear suitable for snow conditions.

We will meet at VVR the night before the climb. Sierra Club policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer.

Please send climbing resume and recent experience to Lisa.barbozaATgmail.com

Vogelsang and Fletcher

Goals: Vogelsang (11,493'), Fletcher (11,410')

Location: Tuolumne Meadows

Dates: June 15 - 16

Leader: Kelly Maas

This is intended to be an early season warm-up trip - not too strenuous.  Start early Saturday morning from Tuolumne Meadows, and hike about 8 miles and 1700' to camp near Vogelsang Lake or Fletcher Lake.  If the group is willing, we'll climb a peak on Saturday.  Otherwise we'll just acclimatize.  We'll definitely climb something on Sunday before hiking out.  So I'm not committing to two peaks, and I won't rule out substituting Rafferty Peak for one of the listed peaks.  The peaks are described as class 2, but some reports mention easy class 3.  Contact leader Kelly Maas: (408) 378-5311 or kellymbase-pcs@yahoo.com.

Silver Peak

Goals: Silver Peak (11,878')

Location: Vermillion Valley Resort

Dates: June 15 - 16

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Day 1: From the Trailhead, close to Vermillion Valley Resort, we will hike past Devil’s Bathtub Lake as far up the drainage as we can before the cross over to the pass to Silver peak on day 2.  We will be camping in a delightful meadow sheltered by old-growth Western White Pine and Red fir.  Distance is about 8 miles and 2600 feet of gain, partly cross country.

Day 2: Climb Silver Peak – climb over pass, climb peak, climb back over pass, hike out to TH. Distance is 13 miles and 2500 feet of gain.

Notes: I travel fast and light but am happy to take my time.  Experience has shown it’s best to camp high up the drainage and not at Devil’s Bathtub lake if you want to climb the peak. And we do.

Leader: Lisa Barboza. Co-Lead: Aaron Schuman. You must be in excellent physical condition and be skilled in backcountry travel. This trip is suitable for intermediate climbers – the down climb from the pass over to the Silver

basin is low CL3.

Be prepared to be self-sufficient in lodging, mess, stoves and other gear.  We will decide at the TH on sharing gear. We will meet at VVR the night before the climb. Details will follow.

Sierra Club policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer. Please send climbing resume and recent experience to Lisa.barbozaATgmail.com

Julius Caesar, Hilgard, Gabb

Goals: Julius Caesar (13,200'), Mt. Hilgard (13,361'), Mt. Gabb (13,780')

Location: Near Bishop, east side of the Sierra

Dates: July 1 - 3

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Day 1: From Pine Creek Tungsten Mine, hike in past Honeymoon Lake to Julius Caesar pass.  Climb Julius Caesar (13,200) and descend to camp at Lake Italy.  The distance is 9.6 miles with 5700 feet of gain.

Day 2: From our camp at Lake Italy – attempt two peaks -  Climb Hilgard, then Gabb.  5200 feet of gain and 10 miles.

Day 3: Climb any peaks missed, and hike out – 1300 gain, and 9.6 miles

Leader: Lisa Barboza Co-lead: Robert Wyka. I have secured permits for 6.

This is an intermediate/strenuous trip on CL2 terrain. Participants must be in superb physical condition to complete the significant elevation gain and mileage.  Be prepared to be self sufficient in lodging, mess, stoves and other gear.  We will decide at the TH on sharing gear.

Sierra Club policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer. Please send climbing resume and recent experience to Lisa.barbozaATgmail.com

Foerster Peak

Goals: Foerster Peak (12,057')

Location: Granite Creek Campground, Yosemite

Dates: July 4 - 6

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Day 1: Starting at Isperg Pass TH (Granite

Creek Campground) hike 9.5 miles with 3300 feet of gain to camp at McGee Lake at 10,100' and enjoy a Happy Hour.

Day 2: Climb Foerster Peak: Trail/Cross Country: 2500 feet of gain and 6 miles RT to climb peak. Our route will be over Long mountain, then return to camp.   Expect to encounter CL2 terrain, and some snow, bring along gaiters.  Work to get back to the TH (9.5 miles) and drive home.  If needed, a 3rd day to get home.

Leader: Lisa Barboza Co-lead: John Cheslick.  I have secured permits for 8.

This is an intermediate trip on CL2 terrain.  It is intermediate because participants must be in excellent physical condition to complete the significant elevation gain and mileage. 

Be prepared to be self-sufficient in lodging, mess, stoves and other gear.  We will decide at the TH on sharing gear. Sierra Club policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer.

Please send climbing resume and recent experience to Lisa.barbozaATgmail.com

Mount Winchell

Goals: Mt. Winchell (13,775')

Location: Big Pine, east side of the Sierra

Dates: August 3 - 4

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Day 1: On Trail: From Glacier Lodge TH, proceed up the North Fork of Pine Creek to camp at 5th lake.  If interest, we will have a Happy Hour.  The hiking distance is 6 miles with 3400 feet of gain.

Day 2: Climb Winchell: glacier travel and CL3 climbing: 2600 feet of gain and 4 miles, glacier

travel probable.  Return to camp, hike out 6 miles.

Leader: Lisa Barboza Co-lead: Aaron Schuman.  I have secured permits for 4.

This is an advanced trip with CL3 climbing and glacier travel. Be prepared to be self-sufficient in lodging, mess, stoves and other gear.  We will decide at the TH on sharing gear. Sierra Club policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer. Please send climbing resume and recent experience to Lisa.barbozaATgmail.com

Giraud Peak

Goals: Giraud Peak (12,608')

Location: South Lake, east side of the Sierra

Dates: August 7 -8

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Day 1: On Trail: From South Lake TH, proceed up to Bishop Pass and camp in upper Dusy

Basin below the peak.  2400 feet of gain, about 6 miles to camp on Lake 11340 near the Dusy Basin Trail, enjoy Happy Hour.

Day 2: Climb Giraud, gain of 2500, 6 miles RT back to camp, hike out 6 miles to TH.

Leader: Lisa Barboza Co-lead: Aaron Schuman.  I have secured permits for 6.

This is an intermediate trip on CL2 with some CL3 terrain.  It is intermediate because participants must be in excellent physical condition to complete the significant elevation gain and mileage.  Be prepared to be self sufficient in lodging, mess, stoves and other gear.  We will decide at the TH on sharing gear.

Sierra Club policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer.

Please send climbing resume and recent experience to Lisa.barbozaATgmail.com

Deerhorn, W. Vidette, E. Vidette

Goals: Deerhorn (13,281'), W. Vidette (12,533'), E. Vidette (12,356')

Location:

Dates: August 30 - September 1

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Day 1: On Trail: From Onion Valley TH, climb over Kearsarge pass, drop down to Bubbs Creek, cross the creek near Vidette Creek.  About 3800' of gain and 8.5 miles over the pass to our camp at the Vidette Lakes up Vidette Creek. If we have time, climb West Vidette from our camp- about 1900 of gain.

Day 2: Climb Deerhorn – CL3 climb, about 5 miles RT with 2800 gain.  This is a CL3 climb up the ridge.

Day 3: Climb East Vidette about 6 miles RT, 3000 of gain.  Hike out to Onion Valley TH.

Leader: Lisa Barboza Co-lead: Needed.  I have secured permits for 4.

This is an advanced trip on CL2 with some CL3 terrain.  It is advanced because participants must be in excellent physical condition to complete the significant elevation gain and mileage.  Be prepared to be self-sufficient in lodging, mess, stoves and other gear.  We will decide at the TH on sharing gear. Sierra Club

policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer.

Please send climbing resume and recent experience to Lisa.barbozaATgmail.com

Private Trip Calendar

Important: Private trips are not insured, sponsored, or supervised by the Sierra Club. They are listed here because they may be of interest to PCS members. Private trips may be submitted directly to the Scree editor.

June 13 - 15 - Clouds Rest, Merced River Gorge

Leader: Robert Summers

June 21 - Mount Mills

Leader: Lisa Barboza

June 22 - 23 - Bear Creek Spire

Leader: Lisa Barboza

June 29 - July 7 - North and South Kaweah

Leader: Aaron Schuman

July 8 - 14 - Mt. McAdie

Leader: Robert Summers

July 22 - August 2 - The Evolution - West Side Story

Leader: Robert Summers

August 19 - 30 - Peaks Along the Great Western & Kings-Kern Divides

Leader: Robert Summers

August 31 - Sept 9 - Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Leader: Emilie Cortes

September 12 - 15 - Muir Gorge Swimming

Leader: Robert Summers

November 7 - 23: Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal

Leader: Emilie Cortes

Private Trip Details

Clouds Rest & Merced River Gorge

Goals: Clouds Rest (9926')

Location: Tenaya Lake, Yosemite

Dates: June 13 - 15

Leader: Robert Summers

This is a central Yosemite tour starting at Tenaya Lake. The first day will be a climb over Clouds Rest, with a camp along Sunrise Creek. The next day will be an ascent of the Merced River Gorge, continuing up Echo Cr. The last day will be a hike out past the Sunrise lakes and back to Tenaya. 

I have a permit for 6.

Leader:   Robert Summers   rsummers@usgs.gov     650 329 4823 wk  w/msg,  650 324 2341 h  w/o msg

Mount Mills

Goals: Mount Mills (13,451')

Location: Rock Creek, east side of the Sierra

Dates: June 21

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Dayhike from Mosquito Flat TH, hike in past Mills Lake and climb Mt. Mills via the Mills Couloir.  Because it is a narrow couloir, trip size is limited to 4 people.  Bring helmet as there is likely rockfall.  Intermediate to experienced climbers only are allowed on this trip.  The couloir is narrow, often filled with snow – we will try to avoid the snow, but bring along ice axe and crampons as well.  Total gain is 3300 feet, round trip is 9 miles.Leader: Lisa Barboza Co-lead: Sonya Dietrich

Sierra Club policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer.

Please send climbing resume and recent experience to Lisa.barbozaATgmail.com

Bear Creek Spire

Goals: Bear Creek Spire (13,451')

Location: Rock Creek, east side of the Sierra

Dates: June 22 - 23

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Hike from Mosquito Flat TH and camp at Dade Lake on Day 1, enjoy Happy Hour.  On Day 2, climb Bear Creek Spire, CL4 NW ridge route.  There is a short section of CL4 and we will be protecting climbers as needed, and using a rappel to descend.  Bear Creek Spire is a beautiful peak with incredible views of the surrounding area. This is a roped climb; bring helmet, harness, and climbing shoes if you feel like you need them.  Be prepared for CL3 scrambling as well and potential glacier travel.  I am bringing along climbing gear and a 30m 8.1mm lightweight rope.  The distance is 11 miles RT with 3500 feet of gain.

Leader: Lisa Barboza Co-lead: Sonya Dietrich.  I have secured permits for 4 advanced climbers.  There is a waiting list.

Be prepared to be self-sufficient in lodging, mess, stoves and other gear.  We will decide at the TH on sharing gear. Sierra Club policy is not to arrange carpools; but I will send out a list of participants as the time get closer.

Trip is currently full and there is a waiting list.

North and South Kaweah

Goals: Black Kaweah (13,720'), Red Kaweah (13,720'), Mt Eisen (12,160'), Mt Lippincott (12,265'), Mt Stewart (12,220'), Eagle Scout Peak (12,000')

Location: Above Visalia, California, from Mineral King trailhead

Dates: June 29 - July 7

Leader: Aaron Schuman

Deep in the northern backcountry of Sequoia National Park, arise the tremendous heights of the Great Western Divide and its monumental spur, the Kaweah Peaks Ridge. We will spend one and one-half days backpacking from Mineral King into Big Arroyo via Glacier Pass and Black Rock Pass. At Big Arroyo, we have five days to explore the rugged high country, including an attempt on the daunting Black Kaweah, before making the long hike out.  Leader: Aaron Schuman       a.j.Schuman@gmail.com  Co-leader: Sonja Dieterich   honukaimi@gmail.com

Difficulty: Class 2 and 3 except for Black Kaweah, which is class 3 plus.

Mt. McAdie

Goals: Mt. McAdie (13,680')

Location: Cottonwood Pass, east side of the Sierra

Dates: June 29 - July 7

Leader: Robert Summers

We will hike in from Horseshoe Meadow, by way of New Army Pass and Sky Blue Lake. Mt McAdie will be climbed from the west, above Crabtree Pass. After Mount McAdie, we will descend the north side of Crabtree Pass and camp at the Crabtree Lakes. The tour will continue around the west and north sides of Mount Whitney and out by the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek.

I will be bringing an ice axe and crampons. 

I have a permit for 6.

Leader:  Robert Summers    rsummers@usgs.gov      650 329 4823  w/msg,  650 324 2341 h  w/o msg

The Evolution - West Side Story

Goals: Mt. McGee (12,969')

Location: Courtwright Reservoir

Dates: July 22 - August 2

Leader: Robert Summers

For this trip to the Evolution Basin we will go in from Courtwright Reservoir, crossing the LeConte Divide at Hell For Sure Pass. We will then go up into the Evolution Valley, leave the trail near Colby Meadow, and camp at the McGee Lakes.  Then we will cross into the Evolution Basin and camp at Davis Lake. From Davis Lake we will climb Mount McGee.  From just below Davis Lake we will follow the string of small lakes to Martha Lake. We will then recross the LeConte Divide at Confusion Lake, and go out by way of Bench Valley where there are stories of excellent fishing.  There will be significant off-trail travel.

Leader:  Robert Summers    rsummers@usgs.gov      650 329 4823  w/msg,  650 324 2341 h  w/o msg

Peaks Along the Great Western & Kings-Kern Divide

Goals: Thunder Mtn (13,588'), Mt. Jordan (13,344'), Genevra (13,055'), Mt. Ericsson (13,608'), Deerhorn Mtn (13,265')

Location: Onion Valley, east side of the Sierra

Dates: August 19 - 30

Leader: Robert Summers

The trip will go in and out over Kearsarge Pass.  From East Lake we will go to a high camp below Thunder Col. We will cross over Thunder Col and climb Thunder Mountain (4th class).   Then we will move to a camp below Mount Jordan.  The next objective is Mount Jordan (4th class) and Genevra.  Mount Ericsson will be climbed on the way to Harrison Pass, Deerhorn Saddle, and a camp below Deerhorn Mountain, in the upper part of Vidette Creek.  We will climb Deerhorn Mountain and then descend past the Vidette Lakes to the Shorty Lovelace Cabin on Bubbs Creek.

An ice axe is required for the north side of Thunder Col and crampons are recommended.  A rope will be brought for Thunder and Jordan. There will be strenuous off trail travel.

I have a permit for 6.

Leader:  Robert Summers    rsummers@usgs.gov      650 329 4823  w/msg,  650 324 2341 h  w/o msg

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Goals: Kilimanjaro (19, 341')

Location: Tanzania

Dates: August 31 - Sept 9

Leader: Emilie Cortes

This is an all female expedition to the roof of Africa with Emilie's new company, Call of the Wild Adventures, Inc. Emilie will be guiding

this trip personally. Kilimanjaro is one of the seven summits and stands at 19,340ft. We will

ascend via the Machame route over 7 days

total. The Machame (aka "Whiskey Route") is

a bit more challenging due to its rolling nature and scramble up the Barranca Headwall, but has a better summit success rate. Climbers

typically try to ascend over 5, 6, or 7 days. The more days you take, the better your chances, so

why fly all that way not summit because you tried to save a day of vacation? While this peak is "just hiking," you will need to train in order to handle 7 days of trekking without rest days and to prepare your body to acclimatize as best it can. This trip is scheduled over the Labor Day holiday weekend to help those who are vacation constrained. There are additional optional extensions to do a camping safari and a trip to the island of Zanzibar. Cost is $3995 (compare to other outfitters!) with a 10% discount for current PCS members. Contact Emilie Cortes at 415-260-3618, emilie@callwild.com, or sign up at http://www.callwild.com/trip.php?id=64.

Muir Gorge Swimming

Goals: Have fun swimming!

Location: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite

Dates: September 12 - 15

Leader: Robert Summers

The Muir Inner Gorge is 15 miles downriver from Toulumne Meadows. The gorge can be descended in late season.  The upper part of the gorge is easy wading and swimming.  The lower part is blocked by a rock step that can be down climbed (difficult), rappelled, or jumped.  Below the step the deep pool continues down the gorge and around the corner.  A rappel rope will be available.

Leader:  Robert Summers    rsummers@usgs.gov      650 329 4823  w/msg,  650 324 2341 h  w/o msg

Annapurna Base Camp

Goals: Anna Purnapurna Base Camp (13,550')

Location: Nepal

Dates: Npvember 7 - 23

Leader: Emilie Cortes

This is an all female expedition to the famous Annapurna Base Camp in the Annapurna Sanctuary.  Emilie will be guiding this trip personally.

 This challenging trek is one of the most popular in Nepal and for good reason! Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is surrounded by a cirque of awe-inspiring peaks, including the awesome south

face of Annapurna I (8,091m), in a natural amphitheatre which is quite simply mind-blowing.

Our trek starts from Pokhara with a short drive to the road head. A short diversion up to Poon Hill

(3,190m) offers us a chance to obtain great views of Himalayan giant - Dhaulagiri (8,167m). The sunrise views from here are

legendary.

As we climb through ancient oak and

rhododendron forest, across sparkling streams and past waterfalls, the world of snow and ice starts to unfold above us. This combination of villages and terraced fields of millet and rice, coupled by the majestic splendor of Machapuchare (6,993m), Annapurna I and Himchuli (6,441m) make this an extremely rewarding trek. Climbing up the Modhi Khola valley towards the sanctuary, we are teased with views of towering peaks and dizzyingly high rock walls with waterfalls tumbling down into the roar of the river below.

We ascend to Machapuchare Base Camp (3,700m) on the lateral moraine of Annapurana South glacier. The steady climb up to ABC reveals the full splendor of this natural amphitheatre. When we reach our destination, we are spoiled with a 360-degree views of Himalayan peaks, the 'Throne of the Mountain Gods'. 

Cost is $3295 with a 10% discount for current PCS members. Contact Emilie Cortes at 415-260-3618, emilie@callwild.com, or sign up at http://www.callwild.com/trip.php?id=66.

Trip Report

Morgan Beach

May 18, 2013

By Aaron Schuman

Mt Morgan North is Santa Cruz with altitude. On May 18 I went back to finish a peak that I missed last summer, this time doing it as a day hike so I would not wouldn’t be rushed. I left the Hilton Creek trail head at about 7400 feet, hiked up the trail, waded the creek, and got to gorgeous Davis Lake at 9600 feet, beat through some aspens, gained the class 2 southeast slope, and walked

it up to the 13002 foot summit. From below, Morgan Beach is an enormous sand slope, but up close the dune is broken by chunks of granite that make welcome footholds. The sunny approach was so free of snow that the surface conditions were more typical of the end of July. Mt Morgan North: sun, sand, everything but volleyball nets.

Elected Officials

Chair

Terry Cline/ terry_cline@yahoo.com

Vice Chair and Trip Scheduler

Rod McCalley/rodmccalley@sbcglobal.net

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Yoni Novat

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Climbing Classifications

The following trip classifications are to assist you in choosing trips for which you are qualified. No simple rating system can anticipate all possible conditions.
    Class 1: Walking on a trail.
    Class 2: Climbing using hands for balance.
    Class 3: Climbing requires the use of hands, maybe a rope.
    Class 4: Requires rope belays.
    Class 5: Technical rock climbing.

Trips may also be rated by level of exertion: easy, moderate, strenuous, or extreme.


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