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Ascent of Devils Crags on 1996-08-10

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Bill Oliver
Bob Wyka
Mario Gonzalez
Greg Roach
Mirna Roach
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 10, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Devils Crags
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12400 ft / 3779 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a private trip consisting of Bill Oliver, Bob Wyka, Mario Gonzalez, Greg and Mirna Roach and me. The trip was organized by Jim Fujimoto, but unfortunately he was recovering from a broken ankle and was unable to go on the climb.

On day one, we hiked in over Bishop Pass and down to the Middle Fork of the Kings River, camping at the junction of Palisade Creek and the John Muir Trail. On the second day, we crossed the Kings River, which was knee high, then climbed up Rambaud Creek and set up camp at Rambaud Lake. Afterwards, Bob and I climbed Wheel Mountain in the afternoon. Later that day, Bill Oliver joined us, after having walked in from South Lake in one day. On the third day, we started before dawn on our climb of Devils Crag via Henry's Cutoff. Mirna led the way and did the route finding, setting up a belay two times on the way up. The route is sustained class 3 and 4; also, we summited before noon. On the way down, our group did four repels, and we were back at Rambaud Lake by about 4:00 p.m. Later, Bob Wyka and I hiked out to the Middle Fork of the Kings River, spent the night, then hiked out on the fourth day to South Lake.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10330 ft / 3147 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10330 ft / 3148 m
    Round-Trip Distance:42 mi / 67.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3-4
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6630 ft / 2020 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2630 ft / 802 m; Extra: 4000 ft / 1219m
    Loss on way in:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Route:NW Arete from Henry's Cutoff
    Start Trailhead:South Lake  9770 ft / 2977 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6330 ft / 1929 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2630 ft / 802 m; Extra: 3700 ft / 1127m
    Gain on way out:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Route:NW Arete from Henry's Cutoff
    End Trailhead:South Lake  9770 ft / 2977 m



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