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Ascent of Mount Starr on 2019-08-18

Climber: Chad Thomas

Date:Sunday, August 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Starr
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12840 ft / 3913 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did the full traverse from north to south from a spectacular camp at Golden Lake, which by the way has a good use trail and after taking both I think it is a vastly better way to get into Pioneer Basin rather than taking the circuitous and tedious path via Trail Lakes. That trail is a mess of sand, softball side rocks, and needless switchbacks going nowhere.

Left the stream below Summit Lake at about 11,600 feet and straight up a class 2 chute to the ridge. From here it was mostly class 1-2 to the summit, with some easy class 3 near the top I didn't try to make any easier.

Having been on both summits, if I was able to bet a lot of money I would say the north summit is the highest, which seems consistent with USGS opinion and the other party I encountered. There were registers on both and neither went back very far. The bit in between the two summits is the hardest part, but not difficult at all if you just drop 10-30 feet off the ridge onto the west side as needed. The highest point on the south summit is clearly the easiest candidate furthest to the south, as the other more challenging flakes nearby are each below line of sight from the top of the southernmost pinnacle to the north summit.
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