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Ascent of Whorl Mountain on 2015-07-28

Climber: Christopher Wessels

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whorl Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12033 ft / 3667 m

Ascent Trip Report

Chockstone was passable, but I took the Chute #2 apex variation to ridge traverse on the way up. Supposedly, topping out on Chute #2 is class 3, but it seemed to me that the last move or two before the chute-top was class 4 (a narrow crack up an otherwise smooth slab, with one flake for a handhold).

I think Chute #2 in general is more interesting (but hardly more difficult) than #1, except near the top. There's an easy place to traverse from #1 to #2 about halfway up--which is a nice alternative, since the first chute is basically just class 2.
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Looking north to Matterhorn Peak from the summit of Whorl Mountain (2015-07-28). Photo by Christopher Wessels.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1233 ft / 374 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5206 ft / 1586 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1033 ft / 314 m
    Route:Southeast Face
    Start Trailhead:Base camp: night two  11000 ft / 3352 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5206 ft / 1586 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5006 ft / 1526 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:High Route
    End Trailhead:Robinson Creek  7027 ft / 2141 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Solo multi-day: year two, Twin Lakes (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1The Incredible Hulk2015-07-274253 ft / 1296 m
2Kettle Peak2015-07-282800 ft / 853 m
3Whorl Mountain2015-07-281233 ft / 376 m
Total Trip Gain: 8286 ft / 2525 m    Total Trip Loss: 8286 ft / 2526 m



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