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Ascent of Picket Guard Peak on 1999-07-26

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Bob Wyka
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 26, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Picket Guard Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12303 ft / 3749 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob and I took 2.5 days to backpack over Shepherd Pass to the JMT, then down the trail along Tyndall Creek and the Kern River to the Colby Pass Trail, and then up the Colby Pass Trail to about 10,000' in elevation along the Kern Kaweah River, where we set up camp. Later in the afternoon on the third day, we climbed Picket Guard via its class 2 East Ridge Route. On day four, we climbed Kern Point via its class 2 Southwest Slope Route, then spent the next 1.5 days backpacking out to the vehicle via Wallace Creek, the PCT and the Shepherd Pass Trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:15000 ft / 4571 m
    Total Elevation Loss:15000 ft / 4571 m
    Round-Trip Distance:46 mi / 74 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10500 ft / 3200 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6000 ft / 1828 m; Extra: 4500 ft / 1371m
    Loss on way in:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:23 mi / 37 km
    Route:East ridge
    Start Trailhead:Shepherd Pass trailhead  6303 ft / 1921 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10500 ft / 3200 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 6000 ft / 1828 m; Extra: 4500 ft / 1371m
    Gain on way out:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:23 mi / 37 km
    Route:East ridge
    End Trailhead:Sherpherd Pass trailhead  6303 ft / 1921 m



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