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Ascent of Mount Dubois on 2012-07-07

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Dubois
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13559 ft / 4132 m

Ascent Trip Report

I wanted to do a west side approach for this peak in order to avoid the long drive to the DPS standard route located in Nevada. I left southern California in the early a.m. and drove up to the City of Bishop. From the junction of Highway 395 and Highway 6 in Bishop, I drove about 28.5 miles north on Highway 6, then made a right turn onto a dirt road with a closed but unlocked gate. I traveled up the main road, turned left at a T intersection, crossed Marble Creek, then parked my vehicle at about 6,560’ in elevation just where the road veered left and started downhill. The drive from Highway 6 is about 3.6 miles, and the last 1.5 miles probably should be driven in a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle.

I started this backpack up Marble Creek at 2:00 in the afternoon. After about 300’, I made my way down the steep bank of Marble Creek to the water and then up the other side, then started up the ridge right after crossing the creek, which is very steep at first, but it became easier starting at about 7,200’ in elevation. I continued up the ridge, following somewhat of a use trail. At 6:15 p.m. and about 10,080’ in elevation, I stopped and made camp on a bench.

The next morning, I started hiking up the ridge at 7:00 a.m. At about 10,800’ in elevation, I angled over to Queen Dicks Canyon, then hiked up alongside the top of the canyon until the canyon petered out at about 12,200’ in elevation. I continued up to the summit, arriving at 9:45 a.m. The entire route from the car was mostly class 1 with a little class 2 mixed in and the navigation was easy with the 7 ½ minute Benton and Boundary Peak topographic maps. Afterwards, I descended the peak via my accent route back to camp, packed everything up, and started downhill towards the car, where I arrived at 2:10 in the afternoon. Also, I got by with 6 quarts of water for this July trip.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7000 ft / 2133 m
    Elevation Loss:7000 ft / 2133 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:7000 ft / 2133 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Northwest ridge/slope
    Trailhead:Marble Creek  6559 ft / 1999 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:7000 ft / 2133 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Northwest ridge/slope
    Trailhead:Marble Creek  6559 ft / 1999 m



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