Ascent of Big Pine Mountain on 2012-05-26

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Tanya Roton
Stella Cheung
Winnette Butler
Bruce Craig
Dominic Alleto
Laura Franciosi
Dave Baldwin
Ignacia Doggett
Jim Fleming
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Pine Mountain
    Elevation:6800 ft / 2072 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Sierra Club Outing***
led by me, Jim Fleming, Ignacia Doggett

Four day backpack trip.

Day 1 (5/25/12): Pack in 10 miles, 2,800' gain to Chokecherry Spring and set up camp. Water for entire trip collected directly from discharge from Chokecherry Spring (not the trough at the spring). Celebrated Tanya's birthday in camp.

Day 2 (5/26/12): Big Pine Mtn and West Big Pine Mtn. 17.5 roundtrip miles and 4,450' gain from camp along fire road to Big Pine, continue over jeep road to West Big Pine. Phenomenal views from West Big Pine.

Day 3 (5/27/12): Samon Peak. 3.5 roundtrip miles with 1,900' gain from camp cross country up ridge adjacent to the gully described in the HPS guide and then north and northwest over brushy, ducked route to summit.

Day 4 (5/28/12): Madulce Peak and pack out. 8.5 miles with about 3,000' of gain from camp to Madulce over vague and and in places overgrown trail through gorgeous forested terrain. Return to camp and pack out.

Mileage and gain for the trip = 50 miles, 8,000'

Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect: Cool but never cold, not hot, no rain
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Four (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Samon Peak2012-05-278000 ft / 2438 m
 Madulce Peak2012-05-28 
1Big Pine Mountain2012-05-26 a 
2Big Pine Mountain-West Peak2012-05-26 b 
Total Trip Gain: 8000 ft / 2438 m

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