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Ascent of Reynolds Peak on 2001-07-17

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Pete Yamagata
Date:Tuesday, July 17, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Reynolds Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9680 ft / 2950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pete Yamagata and I parked in Indian Valley, SE of the Blue Lakes Rd. For the ascent of Reynold Peak we followed the route described in Pete's Northern Sierra Guide. Thus, "Head for a low saddle at the south end of Indian Valley, navigating through a brushy meadow and then forest. From the saddle climb to the left (east) up a juniper-laden hillside, then contour into the drainage (upper Elbow Creek) leading up to the Reynolds ridge on the west side of the peak. En route one passes myriad volcanic mud formations, which characterize the terrain in this area. Proceed along the ridge to the base of the airy Class 3 pinnacle-like summit. The rock is not difficult and is generally stable, but the route narrows to a knife-edge with exposure, dictating a rope and belay for the unsteady." Because of my bad knee and poor balance, I did make use of a short belay from Pete. All went well. This was Pete's 4th ascent of Reynolds Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1730 ft / 527 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Trailhead:Indian Valley  7950 ft / 2423 m
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Good



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