Ascent of Black Kaweah on 2007-08-29

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Sierra Club SPS group
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Kaweah
    Elevation:13680 ft / 4169 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a Sierra Peaks Section trip led by Larry Tidball, Barbee Tidball and Tina Bowman. Our group spent two days backpacking in from Mineral King over Glacier and Black Rock Passes to the Big Arroyo. On day three, the group dayhiked Stewart Peak from our camp in the Big Arroyo via its class 2 Southeast Slope Route. On day four, part of the group climbed Black Kaweah while the rest of the group took a rest day. This was my third attempt to climb Black Kaweah, and I finally made it! From the base of the Southwest Face we climbed up the right hand chute about 100', crossed over to the left-hand chute on some ledges, then followed the chute diagonally up to the summit per Secor's guidebook. The route is class 3 with a fair amount of loose rock. Larry had to spot me as I made a high class 3, exposed move as we traversed across the ledges. Our group was fortunate in that we were able to sign the original summit register from 1924, which was only about 2/3 full. The summit register and cast aluminum California Alpine Club register box were stolen from the peak in 2010 or 2011! On day five, I backpacked out to the truck while the rest of the group climbed more peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:12080 ft / 3681 m
    Total Elevation Loss:12080 ft / 3681 m
    Round-Trip Distance:33 mi / 53.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8980 ft / 2737 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5880 ft / 1792 m; Extra: 3100 ft / 944m
    Loss on way in:3100 ft / 944 m
    Distance:16.5 mi / 26.5 km
    Route:Southwest Face
    Start Trailhead:Mineral King/Glacier Pass  7800 ft / 2377 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:8980 ft / 2737 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5880 ft / 1792 m; Extra: 3100 ft / 944m
    Gain on way out:3100 ft / 944 m
    Distance:16.5 mi / 26.5 km
    Route:Southwest Face
    End Trailhead:Glacier Pass/Mineral King  7800 ft / 2377 m

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