Ascent of Phipps Peak on 1989-06-17

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 17, 1989
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Phipps Peak
    Elevation:9234 ft / 2814 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started up Emerald Bay Trail at 11:45 AM with Oscar Balaguer, Rebecca Henry and her friend Mary. Continued with them to West shore of Middle Velma Lakes where the two women decided to remain while Oscar and I did the peak; we left them at 3:50. Oscar started having trouble with his leg part way up and went back to meet us at scheduled (6-7PM) place where the trail crossed the swift creek running into Lower or Upper Velma Lake. I continued on and made the peak at 5:25; starting back cross-country at 5:37 PM. It was an easy and picturesque decent to the South side of Middle Velma Lake, and great views were had along the lake shore too, except it was a bit too much up and down. Found the women at 6:25 just below the stream crossing waiting anxiously. We didn't find Oscar until after we crossed the stream; both had had trouble following the trail back to where we planned to all meet. Starting back about 6:45, we made it to the car at dusk, 8:45 pm.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4354 ft / 1326 m
    Elevation Loss:4354 ft / 1326 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Grade/Class:Cl 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3354 ft / 1022 m
    Extra Loss:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Eagle Lake to Velma Lakes
    Trailhead:Eagle Lake Trailhead (Emerald Bay)  6580 ft / 2005 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3654 ft / 1113 m
    Extra Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Eagle Lake to Velma Lakes
    Trailhead:Eagle Lake Trailhead (Emerald Bay)  6580 ft / 2005 m

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