Ascent of Diamond Peak on 1999-09-18

Climber: Don Gilman

Date:Saturday, September 18, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Elevation:8744 ft / 2665 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first trip up Diamond Peak,and my first mountain climb with the Obsidians of Eugene. We met at the South Eugene High School parking lot at six am and were quickly on the road, driving the two plus hours or so to get to Summit Lake, our trailhead destination. After a few minutes to check and sort gear we were off, a group of six or so of us. We followed the PCT for several miles until we were fairly high on the mountains shoulder, at which point some small cairns guided us up through the last big trees toa large boulder field which we slowly climbed. At that point our climb leader's wife decided she had had enough and made herself comfortable while the rest of us continued slowly on. That is the thing about these group climbs, they're a great way to socially climb a peak, but man they go slow. So after cresting the boulderfield we were now on the se ridge of the mountain, and followed this up for about a thousand feet to reach the false, southern summit, where we had lunch for the final, easy push to the top. When we got on again, we strolled quickly up the broad, cindery south ridge the short distance to the true summit, where we took pictures and congratulated one another. It was a fine, nice outing with a good group of folks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9744 ft / 2969 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9744 ft / 2969 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6494 ft / 1979 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3244 ft / 989 m; Extra: 3250 ft / 990m
    Loss on way in:3250 ft / 990 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:PCT/ climbers trail
    Start Trailhead:summit lake  5500 ft / 1676 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6494 ft / 1979 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3244 ft / 989 m; Extra: 3250 ft / 990m
    Gain on way out:3250 ft / 990 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:PCT/climbers trail
    End Trailhead:summit lake  5500 ft / 1676 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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