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Ascent of Palen Mountains High Point on 2011-01-31

Climber: Dan Baxter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 31, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Palen Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3848 ft / 1172 m

Ascent Trip Report

First, the DPS 2WD starting point is a definite 4WD (the roads out here are deteriating rapidly).
Second, the DPS description states to reach the ridgeline past point 964, then go up the ridge. I think the ridgeline would have a lot of ups and downs with serious exposure. I elected to traverse to the right (east) as I approached the ridgeline. Even then I would encounter high class 3 sections where I almost gave up. Don't fret! Every time this happens, just traverse a little more upward to the right and you will work your way up to the false summit, then just a 5 minute down and up to the summit and register.

This was Monday, my third DPS peak and 2000 ft prominence peak in as many days.

Winds were horrid the night before, rocking my Jeep and making sleep difficult, and on the lower elevations on the climb, but thankfully let up a little as I summited.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2823 ft / 859 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2823 ft / 859 m
    Grade/Class:High class 2, brief
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2723 ft / 829 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2623 ft / 799 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:DPS Route B
    Start Trailhead:DPS 2WD starting point  1225 ft / 373 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2723 ft / 829 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2623 ft / 799 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Route:DPS Route B
    End Trailhead:DPS 2WD starting point  1225 ft / 373 m



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