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Ascent of The Hermit on 2002-08-27

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Bob Wyka
John Fisanotti
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Hermit
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12328 ft / 3757 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the second day of a five day backpack to climb peaks located in Evolution Valley. Bob, John and I left Sapphire Lake around 8:00 a.m. and headed west over McGee Lakes Pass towards McGee Lakes. From the second large McGee Lake, we made our way to the lake located southwest of The Hermit. Our group climbed up the first chute located south of the summit to a notch. The chute had an abundance of loose rock, which took awhile to navigate safely. From the notch, we dropped down about 100-150’ below the eastern side of the south ridge as we made our way towards the top, arriving to just below the summit block at 12:30 p.m. We climbed the summit block by throwing a rope over the top. Later, we made our way back to the notch, then descended to the lake by taking the next chute over from our accent route, which went very well because it was mostly sand. We retraced our route back to Sapphire Lake, arriving around 5:00 p.m. Trip stats are from Sapphire Lake.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2845 ft / 866 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2845 ft / 866 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2/5.8
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2105 ft / 641 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1365 ft / 416 m; Extra: 740 ft / 225m
    Loss on way in:740 ft / 225 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:McGee Canyon/SW side
    Start Trailhead:Sapphire Lake  10963 ft / 3341 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2105 ft / 641 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1365 ft / 416 m; Extra: 740 ft / 225m
    Gain on way out:740 ft / 225 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:SW side/McGee Canyon
    End Trailhead:Sapphire Lake  10963 ft / 3341 m



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