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Ascent of Mount Elwell on 2019-06-15

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Elwell
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7818 ft / 2382 m

Ascent Trip Report

considerable snow this year, although it was patchy enough that i resisted putting on crampons because i'd just have to take them off again shortly after. most of the snow wasn't risky enough for such things anyhow. the water flowing over the dam was above my boot tops, but i just put my gaiters on and went fast enough to avoid water making its way in.

gorgeous views. i'm quite happy i forced myself out to enjoy the snow covered peaks. a reward for enduring months of bad weather.

on the way down i was able to glissade a few times, cutting various snow-covered switchbacks.

overall i followed marcus' sierra route, going around the lake to the north side on the outbound leg, and the south side on the return leg.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1915 ft / 583 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1915 ft / 583 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1608 ft / 490 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1508 ft / 459 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:north of long lake
    Start Trailhead:6310 ft / 1923 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1815 ft / 553 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1508 ft / 459 m; Extra: 307 ft / 93m
    Gain on way out:307 ft / 93 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:south of long lake
    End Trailhead:6310 ft / 1923 m
    Time:2 Hours 44 Minutes



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