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Ascent of Turtle Mountains High Point on 2018-01-28

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Lisa Miyake
Neal Robbins
Jack Kieffer
Andrew Manalo
Phil Bates
Justin Bruno
Jason Seieroe
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Turtle Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4298 ft / 1310 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by Lisa Miyake, Mat Kelliher

This trip was Lisa Miyake's M-Rock Provisional. It included Mopah Point and Umpah Peak on Saturday, and the High Point of the Turtle Mountains on Sunday. We camped out Friday and Saturday nights at the wilderness boundary at the Mopah Pt trailhead. We started out about 7:00 am on Saturday and took the standard DPS route to Mopah via its east face. We actually went a bit too far east early on and ended up going up the wrong set of gullies, but we realized that pretty quick and were able to make our way over to the route we wanted without much extra work. No issues getting up the first 12-foot or so Class 3 section; at the top of this section someone had set a sling around a seriously sketchy beach ball sized rock. It looked like if you sneezed too hard on that rock it would tumble right off. Next we scrambled up a tight little chute without incident, then climbing up out of that we found ourselves at the crux, a 15-foot or so scramble up a wickedly exposed section of Class 3. No issues up that either; it had pretty good hand- and foot-holds, and just to make things a little more relaxing, Lisa set a hand line up that thing. Then up to the summit without incident.

Coming off Mopah we ran into Harlan Stockman, Josef Nuernberger, and others from the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club right near the base of the lower Class 3 climb. They had just come off Umpah Peak, and knowing we were coming, switched the order of their climb to accommodate Lisa's Provisional. Nice folks, and fast as can be!!

From Mopah we headed over to Umpah Peak for an ascent up its NE and E faces. The standard route, but a whole lot of fun. Once we got up to the summit ridge (aka the Eastern Skyline Ridge), we were rewarded with a nice sustained (seemingly several hundred feet) Class 3 climb right up the center of the thing. Huge fun!! Great views up top, then back down the way we came up. It was a long and strenuous day, but very rewarding!!!

Sunday we drove over to the Wilderness Boundary for the Turtle Mtns High Point. This one was a bit of a slog; going in on about 3.5 miles or so of dirt road and then side-hilling up and down several gullies to get to the summit. Great views to the NE of Mopah, Umpah and other cool volcanic structures. Out the way we came in, and then I got a flat tire about a mile or so from the paved road on our way out. Funny how fast you can change one of those things if you've got 7 people there to help you out with it!

Mopah Pt & Umpah Pk: 14.8 miles, 3,800 feet gain, 13.5 hours
Turtle Mtns HP: 13.0 miles, 2,800 feet gain, 8.5 hours
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mat Kelliher
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