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Ascent of Whipple Mountains High Point on 2019-12-14

Climber: Lisa Barboza

Others in Party:Bill Carpenter
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Whipple Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4130 ft / 1258 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nice climb - we used Garrett McLean's track from the north. The road to the TH (Actually, the road to War Eagle No 1 Mine), had a few difficult places, an AWD or 4WD is needed. The Subaru Outback did quite well; early on, off the paved road, past a wash, there is a steep incline out of the wash. Otherwise, the road is not too bad. We camped on desert pavement close to the TH, arose early, walked past the mine and up the wash.

We entered the canyon, ascended some low angle waterfall pitches, and arrived at a saddle; from there, the route to the peak was to follow the ridge. There is some mile bushwhacking, be mindful of the cat's claw acacia, an innocent looking small tree that will leave you with welts if you are not looking.

A nice climb and great views of Lake Havasu City from the summit. The register was intact.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2655 ft / 809 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Trailhead:1475 ft / 449 m
    Grade/Class:CL3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes



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