Ascent of Mount Conness on 2018-08-03

Climber: Brett Moffatt

Others in Party:Josh
Date:Friday, August 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Conness
    Elevation:12590 ft / 3837 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived Thursday afternoon, having driven for miles through the thick smoke of the Ferguson Fire. We had our pick of campsites at Saddlebag Lake, and with no smoke-free alternatives nearby, we hoped it would be clear in the morning. We were in luck. From the campground, we crossed the dam and followed a ducked route to the well-defined trail at the Carnegie Institute structures, damaged by the 2017 snows. Left the trail for Alpine Lake, then up to the east ridge at a notch between the steep eastern end, and gentler western ridgeline. Smoke was flowing over Tioga Pass and filling the lower valleys, but we still had great views down to Conness glacier, the lakes and North Peak. Climbed to the main ridgeline and then north to the summit. I've never seen so many butterflies congregating at a summit, hundreds rising and dropping in the breezes. I made the mistake of leaving my hiking poles just below the class 3 scramble. In the 30 minutes we spent at the summit, a marmot destroyed the grips on both poles. I had seen marmots go after handles and straps before, but did not bet on them being so efficient. Fortunately the smoke was light on the descent until we got below 11,000'.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3310 ft / 1008 m
    Total Elevation Loss:850 ft / 259 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3310 ft / 1008 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2460 ft / 750 m; Extra: 850 ft / 259m
    Loss on way in:850 ft / 259 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:east ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddlebag Campground  10130 ft / 3087 m
Descent Statistics

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