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Ascent of Mount McDuffie on 2001-08-23

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Bob Wyka
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 23, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount McDuffie
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13282 ft / 4048 m

Ascent Trip Report

On day one, Bob and I backpacked from North Lake up to Lamarck Col, then down Darwin Canyon to Evolution Valley, then up to our camp at Evolution Lake. On day two, we climbed Mount Mendel via its class 3 Southwest Face Route. On day three, Bob and I backpacked up the JMT, dropped our packs and then climbed Mount Huxley via its class 3 West Shoulder Route, then backpacked over Muir Pass to our camp at Helen Lake. On day four, we headed south from Helen Lake over to and then up Charybdis' class 3 northeast ridge to its top, then returned to camp. On day five, we again headed south from Helen Lake following a circuitous route to the saddle located between Peak 13,041 and Mount McDuffie. From the saddle, Bob and I climbed up McDuffie's class 3 north ridge, staying about 150' below the ridge on its west side, to a wide chute. Next, we climbed up the chute to the north ridge, which we followed to the summit. Afterwards, we returned to Helen Lake for a very long day. On days six and seven, Bob and I backpacked out over Echo Col to Lake Sabrina.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10970 ft / 3343 m
    Total Elevation Loss:11099 ft / 3382 m
    Round-Trip Distance:35.5 mi / 57.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Nights Spent:6 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6670 ft / 2033 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4025 ft / 1227 m; Extra: 2645 ft / 806m
    Loss on way in:2645 ft / 806 m
    Distance:17.8 mi / 28.6 km
    Route:North ridge
    Start Trailhead:North Lake via Lamark Col  9257 ft / 2821 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:8454 ft / 2576 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4154 ft / 1266 m; Extra: 4300 ft / 1310m
    Gain on way out:4300 ft / 1310 m
    Distance:17.8 mi / 28.6 km
    Route:North ridge
    End Trailhead:Sabrina Lake via Echo Col  9128 ft / 2782 m



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