Ascent of Recess Peak on 1997-08-30

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Sierra Club SPS group
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 30, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Recess Peak
    Elevation:12813 ft / 3905 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a SPS sponsored trip led by Barbara Cohen and Charlie Knapke. On day one, our group backpacked from the Pine Creek roadend over Italy Pass to Lake Italy, where we set up camp. On day two, we day hiked down the Italy Pass trail along Hilgard Creek to the outlet stream that drains Hilgard Lake, then followed the stream course up to about 11,100' in elevation. Next, we climbed up the south slope of Peak 12,680' to its summit (which is located about 0.5 miles SE of Recess Peak), then dropped down the peak's northwest side and climbed up a chute on the south side of Recess Peak to its top. Afterwards, our group returned to Lake Italy, climbing over Peak 12,680' on the return trip. On day three, we day hiked Mount Hilgard via its class 2 South Slope route, then backpacked out to the vehicles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10010 ft / 3050 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10010 ft / 3050 m
    Round-Trip Distance:37 mi / 59.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7610 ft / 2319 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4810 ft / 1466 m; Extra: 2800 ft / 853m
    Loss on way in:2800 ft / 853 m
    Distance:18.5 mi / 29.8 km
    Route:See trip write up
    Start Trailhead:Pine Creek TH/Italy Pass  8003 ft / 2439 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:7210 ft / 2197 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4810 ft / 1466 m; Extra: 2400 ft / 731m
    Gain on way out:2400 ft / 731 m
    Distance:18.5 mi / 29.8 km
    Route:See trip write-up
    End Trailhead:Pine Creek TH/Italy Pass  8003 ft / 2439 m

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