Ascent of Raymond Peak on 2018-11-10

Climber: Rafee Memon

Others in Party:Ayelet Bitton
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Raymond Peak
    Elevation:10014 ft / 3052 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was looking for a warm-up hike on my way to the east side in preparation for a late-season attempt of Goddard (we would call off the attempt the following day due to smoke). I wanted to get the best sleep possible in my own bed before the trip, so Ayelet and I decided on Raymond Peak, which fit the bill as both a modest drive and hike, but would allow me to start breathing the thin, albeit hazy, air.

I left my apartment in the bay at 4:30am and arrived at Ebbetts Pass precisely at 8am, which allowed me to get a short nap before our 8:45am meetup time. We drove to the bend in the road a few miles east of the pass and started up around 9:15am. The cross-country travel was easy as we made our way to the PCT, which we briefly traveled until we reached a major gully leading to a high saddle east of Raymond. It was a bit of a slog as we fought through bushes and loose scree. The climbing improved drastically from the saddle, and I very much enjoyed the scrambling to the summit, parts of which had a bit of easy exposure. We reached the summit at 12:45pm. Unfortunately the views were significantly obstructed due to the smoke, and Highland Peak, just across the pass, was barely visible.

We decided that we had enough time for an attempt of Reynolds Peak down the connecting ridge. Ayelet left the summit a few minutes before me, and, not seeing the decent route she had taken, I started descending the wrong ridge. She saw my mistake and hollared at me, and I reascended nearly the whole way back to the summit to gain the correct ridge. I didn't see Ayelet, and, figuring that she continued down the ridge, I downclimbed to the saddle next to the unnamed peak to the south. With still no sign of her, I switched my phone out of airplane mode and received a few panicked texts. She had reascended to the last spot she saw me, thinking I may have gotten into trouble. A recent death of a hiker in our circles was fresh on both of our minds. We no longer had enough time for an attempt of Reynolds, so we decided to meet at a point on the PCT east of Reynolds and walk back to the pass to the other car. I got to the point around 4pm, where I surprisingly ran into a group of four campers heading to Reynolds Lake. Ayelet arrived around 4:45pm, and we finished the walk to the pass around 6:20pm. We drove to Markleeville and had dinner at the only open restaurant we could find. I bid farewell and continued my drive to Bishop, arriving around 10:30pm.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2194 ft / 668 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1302 ft / 396 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.2 mi / 21.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2-3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2194 ft / 668 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Bend in road  7820 ft / 2383 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1302 ft / 396 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:SW Ridge
    End Trailhead:PCT TH  8712 ft / 2655 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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