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Ascent of Mount Williamson on 2017-08-11

Climber: Timian Heber

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Williamson
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14373 ft / 4380 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day hike to Mt. Williamson from Shepherds pass trailpoint.

Started 1AM in moonlight, summit by 2PM, returned to car about 3AM, 26 hours in all.

All fords had manageable waterlevels and assists, but had to wade one of the wider ones on the way down, as the entrypoint was in a bush of thorns. But, it was dark and I did not take the time to find a solution :-)

Small snowfield below Anvil camp, and one under Shepherds pass, where I used an ice axe for safety. Brought crampons which I did not use. Still some snow in the bowl, which was a relief from all those rocks. Also, some snow in the chute but easily avoided by keeping to the right of it.

Water was available in streams up to Anvil camp and above and in the lakes in the bowl.

The chute was a tough scramble as both small and large rocks kept sliding down, nothing stays in place.
I have no rock climbing experience, but did not feel that the chimney was any problem. Just know that there's still some scrambling left to complete the summit after doing the chimney.

All in all, a brutal day hike, especially the bowl sucks the energy out of you. But, a fantastic experience and highly recommended.
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Williamson Bowl and Mount Tyndal, from the bottom of the chute (2017-08-11). Photo by Timian Heber.
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Summary Total Data
    Route:Shepherds pass
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect weather, almost no winds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:13 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:13 Hours 



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