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Ascent of Mount Cotter on 2020-06-26

Climber: Aaron Kissel

Others in Party:Nick Keenan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 26, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Cotter
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12713 ft / 3874 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed up from the 60 lake basin via the south ridge. The ridge is class 2 almost the entire way and the summit of Cotter is a moderately exposed class 3 climb. I approached the summit block from the west side but I've heard most people use the southeast ridge. There are great views on top in every direction and the lakes about 1,000 feet below the summit have crystal clear water. My biggest warning is that the 60 lakes basin is loaded with mosquitos, so you should bring clothing that will not leave any exposed skin (including a head net) if you go during the summer months.
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Mount Cotter's Southeast Face (2020-06-27). Photo by Aaron Kissel.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:11972 ft / 3649 m
    Total Elevation Loss:11972 ft / 3649 m
    Round-Trip Distance:55.4 mi / 89.2 km
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:11972 ft / 3649 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 7615 ft / 2321 m; Extra: 4357 ft / 1328m
    Loss on way in:4357 ft / 1328 m
    Distance:30.3 mi / 48.8 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:5098 ft / 1553 m
    Time:2 Days 2 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:7615 ft / 2321 m
    Distance:25.1 mi / 40.4 km
    Route:Southeast Face
    End Trailhead:5098 ft / 1553 m
    Time:1 Days 20 Hours 5 Minutes



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