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Ascent of Dry Mountain on 2014-03-09

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Dry Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8674 ft / 2643 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the DPS A route, more or less. This involves an increasingly steep and loose wash climb to a saddle at 7900'. I found the upper part of the canyon difficult to read and made an error going up by following the wash as it bends to the right (the route more or less goes straight up from where it begins curving, see the topo for the location) and had to recover from it by side hilling around over steep, loose scree. From there the DPS route says to take either the canyon on the other side, or one of the ridges leading down nearly 900' to the base of Dry. I took the canyon, which was the best part of the trip, both down and back up. I took the first ridge encountered up Dry over point 7735', which was more direct than the one indicated in the DPS directions. On the way back I tried to avoid my ascent problems by heading to the right of the bump on that saddle and heading down from there (you'll note I took a south tending fork in the canyon), another mistake that put me into cliffy areas that I was able found a way through, only to still have all those miles of steep boulder hopping down that canyon. It was the canyon from hell! I came in at 13.8 miles and around 6200' of gain in a little over ten and a half hours car to car, and then I had to drive home. Ugh. The ascent and descent times are moving times. There was an additional 2:35 of summit time, route finding time, and other odds and ends for a full day of ten hours and roughly forty five minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7950 ft / 2422 m
    Extra Gain:1888 ft / 575 m
    Distance:13.8 mi / 22.2 km
    Route:Main wash to saddle
    Trailhead:4500' Pull Out  4500 ft / 1371 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 51 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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