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Ascent of Mount Williamson on 2014-09-21

Climber: James Morehouse

Others in Party:Susan Murphy
rraine wajda <6311> RJ
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Williamson
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14373 ft / 4380 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was to be Rraine Wajda and my Las Vegas Mountaineers Club list finish (we saved the best for last). We left the Shepherd Pass TH around 6:45 a.m. on Saturday and hiked to the pass and set up camp near the lake. We were in the tents early, as it was not only pretty chilly, but weather was coming in. There was a pretty active thunderstorm in the area during the night, but we stayed warm and dry inside the tent. In the morning water we had left outside had partially frozen. The skies were mostly cloudy during summit day, and we were uncertain if more rain/hail would break out or not, but other than some slippery rock and loose, wet sand/gravel on the way up, the climb was straightforward. Our views from the summit were curtailed by cloud cover, and we didn't stay on the summit long, as we wanted to both be off the boulder field(s) by dark, and down off the mountain before any rain kicked in. However, the cloud cover began to move away and we were treated to open skies by the time we returned to the pass. The hike out on Monday was its usual slog, especially the 540' re-gain up to the 9000' saddle in full sun.
Stats for round trip: 30 miles, 10051' of gain (extra elevation gain both ways via SP trail), three days, two nights.
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The class 3 crack below the summit (2014-09-21). Photo by James Morehouse.
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Summary Total Data
    Distance:30 mi / 48.3 km
    Trailhead:Shepherds Pass TH  
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy



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