Ascent to Amelia Earhart Peak-Just below ridge, between Potters Point and Summit on 2010-07-29

Climber: Ed Wandall

Others in Party:Tom Wandall
Date:Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Amelia Earhart Peak - Just below ridge, between Potters Point and Summit
    Elevation:11000 ft / 3352 m
    Remaining Elevation:974 ft / 297 m (25% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

"Lost on Amelia Earhart Peak, how ironic!" My brother Tom and I hiked the John Muir Trail to the junction of the Ireland Creek Trail. The guidebooks suggested that we go straight at the fork, and directly up Potters Point. I highly recommend that you do not do this. Instead, on the approach, look for a ramp with trees about halfway up the point. It angles to the east side of the mountain. Follow this around and up to the ridge, and thence to the summit. My brother and I took followed the guidebook and crossed the Ireland Creek a quarter mile or so off the JMT. This put us on the west side of Potters Point. We tried to gain the ridge up a slabby area, but were met with loose scree, talus and featureless slabs. It was easy to get into hairy 3rd class and 4th class climbing here. Since we didn't have a rope, we had to extricate ourselves from this area, carefully. We then moved over to the east side and found the going much easier. Unfortunately, we had to turn back about a half hour from the summit as we spent too much time lost on what we now refer to as the "Howland Slabs." Take a good look at Google Earth or Google Maps. The ramp can be made out easily. This is a very pretty peak and the surrounding mountains just keep getting prettier with every foot you gain in elevation. We had a absolute blast.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3400 ft / 1035 m
    Extra Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:South Fork Lyell Canyon, east of Potters Point
    Trailhead:Tuolumne Lodge  8600 ft / 2621 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2, with some 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 

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