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Ascent of Avawatz Peak on 2017-12-16

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Date:Saturday, December 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Avawatz Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6155 ft / 1876 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Mat Kelliher, Neal Robbins

Via DPS Route B. We set up camp at the old abandoned cabin at the end of the dirt road at Sheep Creek Spring. The road in to camp was in great shape; high clearance was needed, but I never even engaged my 4WD; it was 2WD all the way to camp. Pretty nice campsite at the trailhead; big fire ring, plenty of parking, good flat spot for a big Potluck after the hike.

The route in was straight forward; up the main canyon all the way up to its end, and then a scramble up out of it onto the final ridge system. We couldn't see the peak until we did climb up out of the canyon, but once we did, it was right there. Nice and steep with a couple of intermediary bumps along the way. Fantastic views up top. Except for the final 1,500' or so to get up out of the canyon and then up to the summit, the gain was pretty steady all the way, and the footing up through the washes was steady with a few sandy sections. Only minor class 2 for the scramble up out of the canyons.

Our group consisted of:
Me
Neal Robbins
Lisa Miyake
Mark Butski
Fiona McGinty
Andrew Manalo
Sandy Lara
Peter Lara
Miriam Khamis
Tom Cirillo
Ryan Lynch
Sunny Yi
Jason Park
Tay Lee
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4700 ft / 1433 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.8 km
    Route:DPS Route B
    Trailhead:1455 ft / 443 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 15 Minutes



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