Ascent of Dunderberg Peak on 2018-11-13
|Others in Party:||AJ Kaufmann -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, November 13, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||12374 ft / 3771 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter hiking Mounts Stanford and Morgan in the Rock Creek area the day before, I stayed one more night in Bishop before driving back to the Bay Area. I wanted to get one more peak on the way home, which would in all likelihood be my last SPS peak of the season. I was putting off Dunderberg Peak for years due to my friends' not-so-glowing trip reports, but with AJ agreeing to join me, it seemed like a good opportunity to have someone to suffer with.
We left Bishop at 7am and arrived at Virginia Lakes at 8:30am, and we started cross-country from the trailhead towards the southeast ridge. The climb started as a simple talus climb, but as we progressed up the ridge, it became steeper and more enjoyable. The crux was a class 3 move to climb up and over a pinnacle to stay on the ridge proper -- definitely more enjoyable than trying to negotiate a loose scree slope on either side. After completing the ridge climb, it was a short walk across the plateau and up the final couple hundred feet to the summit, which we reached around 10:15am. The views were spectacular in all directions, although the sky was obscured by high wispy smoke. At least the air we were breathing was fresh.
We descended down a chute directly below the south flank of the summit that led to the eastern edge of Moat Lake. The slope alternated between sand, plunge-steppable scree, and larger talus that required a lot of care. AJ and I stayed close together on the descent to minimize the risk of rock missiles. Partway down, as we were plunge-stepping, we realized that we had started a rock slide that was slowly gaining speed behind us. We only noticed it because AJ had stopped to make sure I was close behind him. I needed to dodge a basketball-sized rock hurtling towards me as we waited for the slide to subside. Near the bottom, the talus became more stable as the slope flattened, and we made a beeline for the trail. It was less than a mile walk back to the trailhead, where we arrived around 12:30pm. I made the drive back across the state through the smoke and arrived in the peninsula at 5:30pm, just in time for dinner. I was already wishing I'd extended my trip a few more days for the sake of my lungs.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2694 ft / 820 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2694 ft / 821 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.7 mi / 6 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||2519 ft / 767 m|
| Distance:||1.6 mi / 2.6 km|
| Route:||SE Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Virginia Lakes TH 9855 ft / 3003 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2694 ft / 821 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 2519 ft / 768 m; Extra: 175 ft / 53m|
| Gain on way out:||175 ft / 53 m|
| Distance:||2.1 mi / 3.4 km|
| Route:||South Slope|
| End Trailhead:||Virginia Lakes TH 9855 ft / 3003 m|
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