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Ascent of Mount Guyot on 1998-08-29

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 29, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Guyot
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12300 ft / 3749 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a SPS sponsored trip led by Bob Wyka and Al Conrad. On day one, our group backpacked from Whitney Portal over Trail Crest Pass to Guitar Lake, where we set up camp. On day two, I signed out of the SPS trip, then headed off to try for a four peak day. From Guitar Lake, I headed west down the John Muir trail, then climbed up the sandy south slope to the top of Mount Young, then traversed over to and up the southwest slope to Mount Hale. Next, I dropped down from the peak and made my way past Guitar Lake and over to the uppermost Hitchcock Lake. From there, I climbed up to the saddle located southeast of Mount Hitchcock, then climbed up to the summit, staying on the west side of the peak's south ridge. Afterwards, I dropped down Mount Hitchcock's southwest slope to upper Crabtree Lake, then followed an old trail to the PCT. Next, I followed the PCT south to a saddle, then climbed Mount Guyot via its Northeast Ridge route. Later, I made my way back to Guitar Lake via the PCT and John Muir Trail, which turned out to be a 16 hour day. Meanwhile, the SPS group climbed Hale and Young. On day three, our group backpacked back to the vehicles located at Whitney Portal. Trip Stats include ascents of all four peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:13990 ft / 4264 m
    Total Elevation Loss:13990 ft / 4263 m
    Round-Trip Distance:48.5 mi / 78.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:11690 ft / 3563 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4100 ft / 1250 m; Extra: 7590 ft / 2313m
    Loss on way in:7590 ft / 2313 m
    Distance:24.3 mi / 39 km
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8200 ft / 2499 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6400 ft / 1950 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4100 ft / 1250 m; Extra: 2300 ft / 701m
    Gain on way out:2300 ft / 701 m
    Distance:24.3 mi / 39 km
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    End Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8200 ft / 2499 m



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