Ascent of Mount Irvine on 1993-07-24
|Date:||Saturday, July 24, 1993|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||13780 ft / 4200 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe peak was named by Norman Clyde for Andrew Irvine, who was lost on the British Mount Everest Expedition in June, 1924. (Browning, p. 107) Norman Clyde made the first ascent in June, 1925. (Clyde, p. 78) For further reading see "First on Everest-The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine", by Tom Holzel and Audrey Salkeld.
The summit is in the John Muir Wilderness Area of the Inyo National Forest. A permit is currently not required for day hikes. For overnight trips, obtain a permit at the Inyo National Forest office, P. O. Box 8, Lone Pine, Ca. 93545. (760) 876-5542
Mt. Irvine can be climbed from Meysan Lake which is easily reached via the Meysan Lakes trail from Whitney Portal. The trailhead is amongst summer cabins, 11.3 miles west of Lone Pine on the Whitney Portal road. From Meysan Lake one can head west up the steep rocky slope to the ridge and then SW to the summit . The ascent of Mt. Irvine can be combined with a climb of Mt. Mallory which is 0.5 miles south. The summit can also be reached via Arc Pass to the west. For more details see "The High Sierra", by R. J. Secor, p. 44. The summit elevation is shown as 13,770 ft. on the 15 minute map.
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