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Ascent of Mount Gower on 2021-01-09

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Others in Party:Geo Kat
Date:Saturday, January 9, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Gower
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3103 ft / 945 m

Ascent Trip Report

started at 8:00am, ended at 10:22am. 34 degrees at start, 70(?) at finish.

just 2 guys "finding their fitness" on the Gower. I definitely downplayed this peak to get George to do this with me. it's tougher than the stats convey. similar to El Cajon Mountain but with less up and down. it still has it's fair share of pitches and descents on the approach.

I noticed most people don't bother going to the actual summit of Mt Gower. I suspect a lot of these peakbagger entries refer to the False Gower summit. We first hit False Gower at about 9am, tried to cross over along the crest to the actual summit (which looks lower from False Gower), but it was slow going (lots of chaparral), so we opted to descend back down to the trail and follow the standard ascent route up to the summit. Rough bushwhack down to the mesa - it took some time until we found the route, and even then it wasn't super obvious. Occasional tiny cairns up to the gulley climb to the summit. Amazing views from the true summit. At top at 9:45am.

Descended main way and was at cars by 10:25. Fun day out on the Gower!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4303 ft / 1310 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4303 ft / 1310 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.4 mi / 16.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Calm, Clear
cold start to hot finish
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3103 ft / 945 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2103 ft / 641 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Gunn Stage Rd  1000 ft / 304 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3303 ft / 1006 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2103 ft / 641 m; Extra: 1200 ft / 365m
    Gain on way out:1200 ft / 365 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    End Trailhead:1000 ft / 304 m
    Time:45 Minutes



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