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Ascent of East McCully Basin Peak on 2018-08-13

Climber: Steve Fountain

Date:Monday, August 13, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:East McCully Basin Peak
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9128 ft / 2782 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was really enjoyable - one of my best days in the mountains. One other small group at the trailhead, but after a quick chat, headed toward McCully and they headed in toward Bonny Lakes. I was by myself from the trail junction until I returned to the truck. The trail disappears a couple of times in meadows, but it is always pretty obvious where you want to head. I suspect that one could skip Wing Ridge by aiming from the meadows in Big Sheep Basin to the notch to the east of the Wing Ridge high point, and then angle back toward the Wing-East McCully saddle, but also suspect that it would be a wash effort-wise, at best. Had I not got such a late start, I might have explored that option on the return, but I stuck with the known route and crossed Wing Ridge summit a second time. 3 1/2 mls to the McCully Basin Pass, a little under 5 mls total from trailhead to summit of East McCully via Wing Ridge. (No register on top.)
Some elk were whistling and chatting at each other down near the head of Little Sheep Creek and when the breeze shifted, could hear them clearly. Watched them through binoculars for a while, then headed on my way. Bluebirds, a fox, and some other critters along the way. A perfect day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:538 ft / 163 m
    Total Elevation Loss:410 ft / 124 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:538 ft / 163 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 128 ft / 39 m; Extra: 410 ft / 124m
    Loss on way in:410 ft / 124 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Wing Ridge  9000 ft / 2743 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: McCully

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Wing Ridge2018-08-132520 ft / 768 m
2East McCully Basin Peak2018-08-13538 ft / 164 m
3Wing Ridge2018-08-13410 ft / 125 m
Total Trip Gain: 3468 ft / 1057 m    Total Trip Loss: 3468 ft / 1057 m



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