Ascent of Five Fingers on 2011-12-08

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, December 8, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Five Fingers
    Elevation:5174 ft / 1577 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got off work at the clinic in China Lake a little later than I hoped, but not too late to snag a peak! Drove straight to the trailhead in the HPS Guide and parked at the parking lot on the right side of the road just below the peak. Made the notch at sunset and the summit as it started to get dark. There are steps cut into the rock as you ascend the north gully/ridge described in the HPS guide. At first I thought "wow, these rock formations are perfect for my ascent." Then I realized that they were man-made... Doh!
1.78 steep miles
Max speed: 7.6 mph
Moving Avg: 1.6 mph
Moving time: 68 min

Link to pictures
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1774 ft / 540 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:SW Ridge to Notch then NE Ridge/Gully
    Trailhead:3600 ft / 1097 m

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