Ascent of New York Mountains High Point on 2019-03-10

Climber: Sandy Lara

Date:Sunday, March 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:New York Mountains High Point
    Elevation:7533 ft / 2296 m

Ascent Trip Report

With 3 of our team from yesterday (Mitchell Point unsuccessful attempt) dropping out due to illness, injury, and carpool-mate, we were down to five, including the three newbies. However, they had learned some skills on this difficult desert terrain the day before, so although still difficult, they moved along somewhat faster. The route from Caruthers Canyon starts going north on the old road to the mine, then heads west up a steep boulder-filled gully to a saddle to the east of the peak. The start of this gully was difficult to find. As there was actually water flowing out of this gully, that should have been our first clue, as that is the way to go. (If you are off-route, there is thick brush and a lot of boulders and cliffy stuff that is either impassable or very slow terrain.) There is a lot of rock and boulder climbing going up the gully, mostly fun except when the brush was too thick. We decided to don helmets here, which were probably most helpful when coming up under a tree branch. Once reaching the saddle it opened up so the going to the start of the actual climb was easy to get to. I did this climb in 2013 (6 yrs prior) but didn't remember much except the summit block. Jason led the way and did a great job of route finding for the skill level of our group. Jason and I climbed unprotected to the summit where he set up a belay station and belayed the other three up. We had lunch then Jason belayed everyone as they downclimbed (not rappel because they could downclimb and needed experience). Jason took down the belay station and downclimbed unprotected. There are a lot of sturdy hand and foot holds and really nothing loose. We descended the way we came. As usual, it was easier to find the route down the gully than on the way up. There are a lot of ducks, some of them where they shouldn't be, but mostly helpful and a few additions could be made to help get around brush. It was a very cool day with temps in the upper 30s and low 40s, but the sun was out and the views were great, especially from the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2000 ft / 609 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Start Trailhead:5533 ft / 1686 m
Descent Statistics

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