Ascent of Mount Agassiz on 2013-09-08

Climber: Mark Anderson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Agassiz
    Elevation:13893 ft / 4234 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Mount Agassiz solo from pre-dawn start in Dusy Basin as part of multiday backpacking trip from Onion Valley to South Lake. I left Dusy Basin around 5 a.m. while the rest of my party slept, leaving my overnight pack behind a rock on Bishop Pass. I ascended the main Class II gullie on the western side of the pass, encountering what I would call occasional Class III terrain midway to three-quarters of the way up. At the top of the gullies I picked my way along talus to a small saddle before the final ascent, reaching the top around 8 a.m. Clouds hovered around the peak and surrounding area on what was a stunning morning to be alive. I reversed the route, noticing for the first time occasional cairns indicated what some believe to be the ideal route. I descended the same set of gullies, returned to my pack, and hiked to the South Lake parking lot where I met my party at the end of our eight day trip.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2900 ft / 884 m
    Grade/Class:II, III
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2900 ft / 884 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Dusy Basin/Bishop Pass
    Trailhead:Dusy Basin  10993 ft / 3350 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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