Ascent of Jeff Davis Peak on 2019-06-29

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Others in Party:Cheryl Thomas
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jeff Davis Peak
    Elevation:12771 ft / 3892 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had tried a snow ascent of Jeff Davis earlier this year but had to start at Upper Lehman campground since the road up to Wheeler Peak CG was closed. This made the climb much longer and we bailed out near Brown Lake. We then decided to make the climb starting higher up at Wheeler Peak CG. We monitored the Great Basin NP website until we saw that the road had been opened. We then waited until the weather was better and went up on June 29. We started up around 7am and the snow conditions were good. We started up the Bristlecone trail that heads up to the glacier. The trail was covered with patches of snow and we put our crampons on almost immediately. We followed the trail up and around until we hit the moraine below the glacier. At this point we crossed the moraine and ascended a small ridge until we were able to get on the couloir. We ascended the couloir with excellent snow conditions about 3/4th the way up the couloir. At this point we started post holing. The snow at this level was much less consolidated so we decided to remove our crampons and continue up the ridge to our left. This ridge was basically a talus slope of unstable rock consisting of scree sized rock up to refrigerator size boulders. Every step we took seemed to be unstable and we were worried about starting a rock fall. We reached a lower angle ridge and started hiking to the summit when we reached an obstacle of unconsolidated snow where we were post holing up to our waists. We were literally crawling to the summit! On the way down we scrambled down the ridge we came up and got back into the couloir higher up than when we ascended. Starting out it was quite steep but the snow was soft which made for a very easy descent.
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Cheryl on talus near the summit (2019-06-29). Photo by Jerry Thomas.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3036 ft / 925 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3036 ft / 924 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Grade/Class:class 3, snow ascent
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2950 ft / 899 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2813 ft / 857 m; Extra: 137 ft / 41m
    Loss on way in:137 ft / 41 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:North Couloir
    Start Trailhead:Bristlecone TH  9958 ft / 3035 m
    Time:6 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2899 ft / 883 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2813 ft / 857 m; Extra: 86 ft / 26m
    Gain on way out:86 ft / 26 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:North Couloir
    End Trailhead:Bristlecone TH  9958 ft / 3035 m
    Time:3 Hours 22 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jerry Thomas
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Jerry ascends the couloir (2019-06-29). Photo by Jerry Thomas.
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